Friday, July 6, 2012

Madrid Secrets: Best Parks and Gardens

Summer is a great time in Madrid. The days are long, the street is full of people and terraces to be outdoors.
But without doubt, summer is the perfect time to enjoy the many parks when the temperatures are higher during the day. The offer is huge: parks in downtown or the suburbs, large and small parks, parks for sports or to go for "picnic" with family and friends.
Here's a selection of the best known parks. In our next post will discover lesser-known parks, which often are the most beautiful.

Live Madrid’s parks and gardens. They come in all shapes and forms: historical, modern, secluded, immense, some that are good for picnics, some that are good for sports…

Watch a puppet show,listen to live music, practise some sport, row a boat or, simply, relax under a tree reading your favourite book. Everything is possible in the centre of Madrid, in El Retiro park, a favourite of Madrid's citizens and tourists.

The project commenced when the section of the M-30 ring road running parallel to the Manzanares River was moved underground. The result is an area of parkland 10 kilometres long filled with wide a range of sports, leisure and cultural facilities.
Ride a bike, go canoeing, free fall, meet a panda, observe the city from up high, treat yourself to rice with lobster, see an exhibition or stroll along the Meaques Stream. When you visit this park, one thing you will never do is get bored.
Designed 250 years ago, it invites visitors to enjoy a pleasant stroll through thousands of live plant species. Among its collections there is a herbarium with over one million specimens, a library and an archive of drawings, as well as an exhibition of 5,000 live plant species.
Peaceful and serene, hidden within the four walls of a cloister, these gardens are the city's best kept secret. Rarely visited by locals, their clandestine doors can be found on the streets of the areas of La Latina, Huertas and Lavapiés in old convents, stately palaces and hospitals that have witnessed the passing of the centuries.
And also, take the advantage of Saving more than 20% this Summer in our Apartments in Madrid. Don´t miss Madrid this Summer...

Enjoy Madrid, be a traveller more than a visitor! Live Madrid as a local!

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