route of "Natural Madrid" is quite scattered and ample.
For this reason it is not advised to do it all in one day. It might
be interesting to visit each one of the parks on one of the days
that you visit Madrid; in this way a visit to a park would serve
as a rest from the city life that you encounter the rest of the
Casa de Campo is one of the
favorite parks of Madridís citizens for fun and spreading out. In
reality, it is a semi-urban zone that still conserves a large amount
of plants and trees, which has served to give it its name of "el
pulmón de Madrid" or "Madridís lung".
the artificial lake that we find on
its grounds, we can enjoy some of the best panoramic views of Madrid,
even better if complemented by a ride on the cable
car/ teleférico that runs from Paseo
de Rosales to Casa de Campo. You can also contemplate the
city at the Amusement park by
going up on the ferris wheel or the shuttle launcher. Madrid becomes
small just before enjoying a 60 meter free fall. The Zoological
park is a joy with some 300 species of animals and one of
the most important dolphin tanks of Europe.
the fifties, the Feria Nacional de Campo
compound was constructed and contains samples of regional architecture.
Another of the interesting places to visit inside the Casa del Campo
is the Venta de Batán, a small
bull ring used to teach the art of bullfighting, or tauromaquia.
Here, they also display bulls that later will go on to be fought
in the bullfights of las Ventas.
Parque del Oeste, situated next to the Ciudad
Universitaria, enjoys 98 hectares of green space and marked
character. In this Park one can visit monuments such as the Templo
de Debod, dedicated to Amón and Isis, which was a
gift from the Egyptian government for the work completed on the
Asuan Dam. This temple was erected on top of the space that the
Cuartel de la Montaña once occupied. Near it the Jardines
de Ferraz are planted, which formed part of the park expansion.
park contains spaces with grand personality, such as "la
Tinaja", a one-time ceramic factory that still conserves
the firing oven in form of an inverted earthen pot, or tinaja.
Príncipe Pío, a simple headstone
is a memorial of the executions on 3 May, 1808.
the regency of María Cristina de Hasburgo, the Campo
del Moro was contructed in Madrid. The Campo are gardens
similar to those of Versailles and take their name more from someone's
imagination than from any historical fact. It was not called Campo
del Moro until well into the 19th C. During the reign of Isabel
II, the Los Tritones and La Conchas
fountains were installed when the area was leveled, using the
debris of the houses torn down during the renovation of the Puerta
Jardines (Gardens) de Sabatini
were designed under the rule of Carlos III by Francisco de Sabatini,
one of the most important architects of the era.
were originally constructed as stables for the Palacio
Real (Royal Palace), and in the '30s were remodeled in order
to turn it into the park that it is today.
gardens, which provide verdure to the gray of the stones of the
Palacio Real, give the traveler an idea of the society of Bourbon
a doubt, the most emblematic example of a Madrid park is el
Retiro, open space, culture in the open air and green
lung of Madrid's city center, el Retiro is one of the most cosmopolitan
places in the capital.
the Count Duke Olivares gave his estate "el Gallinero" as an addition
to the lands of the monastery of los Jeronimos and to construct
a site for his defender Felipe IV, the improvisations that have
always been followed in the construction of this park began, and
continued to grow, through additions according to the necessities
of the courtesans.
Estanque Grande (the Big Pond)
has always be the core that has given life to the Park, dominated
by the statue of Alfonso XII, this is the place where the people
of Madrid prefer to spend their time, rowing in its boats, strolling
along its shore or feeding its ducks.
footpaths throughout el Retiro are lined with comics, street vendors,
musicians, and craftsmen who add a little joy to the park and earn
a few coins from the passersby that enjoy their art.
118 hectars, the Park contains many monuments, from the Astronomic
Observatory, to the Cason y Salon de
Reinos (Kings House and Hall), the current Military Museum,
to unique structures that are the remains of what was once the palace
of Felipe IV.
the reign of Fernando VII, small structures, called Caprichos
(Whims), were erected, some of which still conserved:
la Montaña de los Gatos
or Cat Mountain (now used as an exhibition hall), la
Casita del Pescador or the Fisherman's hut and the
Sala del Contrabandista or the Smuggler's
Hall, currently used as a party hall.
the so-called Campo Grande (Big Field)
important expositions are set up in places as lovely as the Velasquez
Palace, a structure of iron, brick and crystal decorated
with ceramics by Daniel Suloaga, or the Crystal
Palace, constructed in 1987 by Ricardo Velasquez Bosco and
conceived as a heater for the exhibition of the Philipines.
addtion, sculptures are found in abundance in el Retiro; one of
the most important of these is the Sculpture
of the Angel Caido (Fallen Angel), by Ricardo Bellver, dedicated
wholly to Lucifer. The Monument to Alfonso
XII was conceived by Jose Grases i Riera and meant to be
viewed from the inside. The Statue of General
Martinez Campos is one of the most lovely works of Mariano
Benlliure. And many other statues: Pio Baroja, Ramon de Campoanmore,
the brothers Alvarez Quintero, among others.
near to el Retiro, one can find the Botanic
Garden, declared Artistic Garden in 1942. Besides being
an large fishpond in the center of Madrid, it is also a place of
peace and calm for its inhabitants.