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Autumn in the parks of the Region of Madrid

AUTUMN IN THE PARKS OF THE REGION OF MADRID 

Discover with us some parks in the region to enjoy this season of the year. Will you join us? From here we encourage you to walk through the parks of the region, to enjoy a wonderful day, although it is also possible to know virtually some parks of the capital thanks to the initiative 'Living the parks'. This is a collaboration agreement between the Spanish Association of Public Parks and Gardens (AEPJP) and the Madrid City Council that allows you to explore these places in 3D, through any device with internet connection. 
 
However, here is a brief list of our favorites, so that you can check them out if you haven't already done so:
 
El Capricho
In the Alameda de Osuna is this green space worth visiting. A real gem designed by one of the French landscape designers inspired by the gardens of Versailles, which has the typical elements of a romantic garden: labyrinth, temples, follies and ponds. 'El Capricho' is characterized by the groves of lilacs and love trees that give the park a wonderful color. 
 
La Quinta de los Molinos
Created by the architect and urban planner César Cort Botí as a reminder of the lands of Alicante, his birthplace, the 'Quinta de los Molinos' is one of the most visited gardens as it offers a true spectacle of color. It owes its name to two mills that were brought from the United States in 1920 to extract water for irrigation.
 
La Dalieda de San Francisco
Located in the traditional neighborhood of La Latina, on the site of the old convent and next to the Basilica of San Francisco el Grande, is the Dalieda de San Francisco. A garden with flowerbeds located at different heights with a great variety of Dahlias with one of the best views of the city, so many people come to contemplate it.
 
La Quinta de la Fuente del Berro
Another perfect place to enjoy walking is the 'Quinta de la Fuente del Berro'. It is a very special place located in the Salamanca neighborhood, and is one of the historic gardens of Madrid from the seventeenth century. Landscaped, along with the variety of trees you can find other interesting elements such as the monument of the Fuente del Berro, the monument to Becquer and various fountains, waterfalls and ponds. 
 
Campo del Moro
This garden is just behind the Royal Palace of Madrid, whose name comes from the fact that it was the site of the ancient Mozarabic settlement. Although its creation is due to Felipe II, it was not until the reign of Isabel II that the gardens became the space we know today. Inside are impressive fountains such as the Conchas and the Tritones. The gardens are home to about 70 tree species, some of them with an antiquity of 170 years. Be sure to visit it and enjoy the unbeatable views of the palace thanks to its slope. 
 
The Retiro
In our list could not miss what is known as the lung of Madrid: El Retiro. A must for tourists and locals, perhaps it is this time of the year when it shines in all its splendor. Along with its gardens, fountains and ponds, this space has corners of special beauty such as the Rose Garden or the Botanical Path, where among other species is a 'ahuehuete', listed as 'Singular Tree of the Community of Madrid'. 
 
Garden of the Palace of infante Don Luis
Restored in 2015 by the Italian landscape designer Lucía Serredi, the Garden of the Palace of infante Don Luis located in Boadilla del Monte. Configured on three levels, it surrounds the building, which together with the palace and the fountain of Ventura Rodriguez were declared a Historic-Artistic Monument. Let yourself be surprised by its Renaissance gardens and different baroque elements. 
 
Forest Park of Valdebebas-Felipe VI
It is one of the most unknown parks despite being the second largest green space in the capital, with about 470 hectares. It has an extensive network of pedestrian paths and a bike path around the perimeter.
 
Juan Carlos I Park
Located in the Campo de las Naciones, it is the third largest park in the capital, with a lake and an estuary for water sports, an open-air auditorium, a collection of sculptures, a skating rink and a bike path.
 
Casa de Campo
With its more than 1,722 hectares, it is the largest public park in Madrid, and is the ideal place to enjoy contact with nature by walking or cycling along its paths, taking a paddleboat ride on the pond or simply admiring the views of the city. 
 
Gardens of El Pardo
The gardens surrounding the Palace of El Pardo are a natural corner very close to the capital, where you can take a break in an environment declared a Historic-Artistic Garden. Walking around there you will find the garden of the Casita del Príncipe, the garden of the Palace and the garden and estate of La Quinta. 
 

Historic gardens of San Lorenzo de El Escorial
Commissioned by Felipe II to the best master gardeners and architects of the time, this set of gardens that extend along the back of the monastery bear evocative names. Don't miss the King's private garden, the Friars' garden or the Convalescents' garden, which were laid out in the 16th century following Italian Renaissance characteristics.

Gardens of Aranjuez
Considered the most beautiful of their time, they have served as inspiration to artists such as the composer Joaquín Rodrigo or the painter Santiago Rusiñol. Magnificent in any season, today they continue to captivate visitors. Different gardens surround the Royal Palace of Aranjuez, each one representative of a type of style according to the time and taste of the monarch who ordered its creation: Garden of the Prince, of the Island, of the Parterre, of the King and of Isabel II.

Polvoranca Park
Located between the municipalities of Alcorcón, Fuenlabrada, Móstoles and Leganés, this park is an authentic natural educational reserve since it is home to more than 400 plant species and a great variety of animals, especially birds.

Europa Park
Travel through Europe without leaving Torrejón de Ardoz, through the 18 replicas of monuments in this large green space. It also has a leisure and nature area of about 190,000 square meters, with more than 5,000 species of trees, shrubs and tens of thousands of seasonal flowers.

Madrid Río
This is another of Madrid's great green spaces, which has different sports facilities, areas for walking, cycling, rollerblading, three aquatic enclosures known as the Madrid Rio Beach, viewpoints where you can enjoy a spectacular sunset and several areas where you can take a break to regain strength. In short, an ideal park.

But as we always tell you, this is just a brief sample of the magical places in the region, if you still want more, in this link you will find a route through the historic gardens of the region.

Image credits: Gardens of Aranjuez © Hugo Fernández. Community of Madrid