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What are the best parks in Madrid

With the sun shining for an average of 300 days a year, the city is best enjoyed in the great outdoors – particularly in Madrid’s parks and squares. Communal squares and parklands are dotted all over the bustling metropolis, which is excellent if you want to enjoy a relaxing stroll, a bit of sightseeing, or a spot of alfresco wining and dining. Easily accessible and always a hive of activity, each stunning square and park is a delightful reprieve from the busy city surrounds. Historical and beautiful, enjoy Madrid culture at its most relaxed and carefree.

Parque del Buen Retiro

The gardens of Parque del Buen Retiro are as beautiful as they come. Perfectly landscaped lawns, elegant centuries-old buildings, marble monuments and lush greenery make the park an essential spot to explore. Hire a boat and row the serene waters of the artificial lake, then stroll through 4,000 roses in the stunning La Rosaleda Gardens.
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Plaza Mayor

The best of Madrid's culture comes alive in the impressive Plaza Mayor. Since its construction in 1619, the cobblestone square has bared witness to some of Madrid's most famous and infamous historical events. Nowadays, markets, dining, music and dance fill the expansive space. Charming laneways spread out from the square into the surrounding city streets, crammed with shops and boutiques galore.
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Plaza de Santa Ana

Plaza de Santa Ana is brimming with energy and elegance. Once the spiritual home of Madrid's poets, writers and philosophers, the plaza is now the perfect spot to enjoy a drink and a bite to eat in the shade of a cafe umbrella. Statues of 17th century literary icons, Calderon de la Barca and Federico Garcia Lorca help to keep the spirit of centuries past alive.
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Plaza de Espana

Under the shadow of the Torre de Madrid (Madrid Tower) stands Miguel de Cervantes, often considered the greatest writer in the Spanish language. Author of the classic Don Quixote, the bronze statue is a site of pilgrimage for admirers of the 17th century novelist. For any history buffs, the Plaza de Espana is a must on your itinerary.
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Parque del Oeste

Parque del Oeste is a place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Home to grand fountains, lush pine plantations, a scenic cable car, rose garden, and the ancient Egyptian Temple of Debod, this vital green space is a popular and beautiful spot on the Madrid landscape. Every May, the park plays host to the International Rose Villa New Madrid, a world-renowned rose competition.
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Sabatini Gardens

On the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Sabatini Gardens is an elegant Neoclassical park offering unparalleled tranquillity. The opulent gardens were opened to the public in 1978 and feature striking sculpture, mazes, and stunning views of the palace's north facade. In addition to the gardens, the outdoor Los Veranos de la Villa stage hosts some of the finest events on the entertainment calendar.
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