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Madrid hides secrets and many of them, they have the shape of a garden! The well-known Retiro Park is a fabulous place to stroll, but how about discovering more hidden gardens? In old palaces, hidden behind private homes or even in old railway stations… we tell you all here !
In the heart of Madrid in the popular neighborhood of La Latina is one of the most charming secret gardens in the city. This is the garden of the Prince of Anglona. Behind a brick wall and iron gate, we find the courtyard of an ancient palace of the nineteenth century inhabited in its day inhabited by a prince. . Cobbled floor, flower beds, a fountain in the center, an iron gazebo that in spring and summer is filled with roses and above all a quiet place to enjoy the reading in the shade or the beautiful views over the old roofs of Madrid.
Orchard of the nuns
Our favorite secret garden. As the name suggests, it was one day the garden (used as an orchard) of a convent of nuns demolished in the 70s. Surrounded now by a block of dwellings, the garden remains intact and retains much of its original charm, I feel a perfect place to relax, sit on its benches and enjoy an amount of tranquility hearing the rumor of water coming out of its beautiful fountain bronze with cherubs.
If you pass through the street of the Sacrament at the height of number 10, do not hesitate to cross that red fence that remains always open and go down the stairs. The place is worth it.
We will take you to the secret gardens of Madrid! Gardens that are little frequented because they are little known or hidden. In ancient palaces, hidden behind private houses or even in old train stations. Target these places!
Dalieda of San Francisco
In the neighborhood of La Latina and next to the impressive Basilica of San Francisco is the Dalides of the same name. Another wonderful place barely known among Madridians and tourists ! The garden is divided into parterres of dahlias of different colors and is one of the best places in Madrid to watch the sunset. It is very uncrowded and the tranquility you breathe is amazing.
Salvador Bachiller’s Secret Garden
In Montera street and among tourists, gold buyers and Madrid’s shopping is Salvador Bachiller’s secret garden: an urban oasis. Located on the top floor of Salvador Bachiller’s shop, it is an ideal place to enjoy brunch, have a tapas or have breakfast outdoors. A tea room surrounded by vines and flowers as if taken from a fairy tale.
The Fifth of the Mills
Quinta de los Molinos is quite far from the city center although if you are in Madrid in the months of February or March, it is almost a must. At the end of Calle Alcalá is a park barely known by Madrid. More than 6000 almond trees then offer a unique spectacle of pink and white hues, intoxicating the garden with wonderful smells.
The Museum of Romanticism
The Museum of Romanticism is one of madrid’s least-known museums. Not only is the Museum worth a visit for its spectacularity but also for its small garden hidden inside. Beautiful lounge – café with cakes, homemade pastries and a variety of teas. Perfect for breakfast and snacks.
Secret Gardens of Madrid! Let’s discover the unknown Madrid!
Rosaleda of the West Park
La Rosaleda del Parque del Oeste is Madrid’s largest Rosaleda with more than 30000 square meters of extension (the second rose garden in Madrid is located in the city you will find hundreds of varieties of roses, a pond with water lilies on which rests the sculpture of a nymph and gazebos that in the flowering season will transport you to another world. Perfect for those who want to relax and lovers of photography.
Lazarus Galdiano Museum Garden
The garden and museum Lázaro Galdiano is unfairly unknown.. The museum houses a fascinating collection of more than 15000 paintings and art objects spanning 24 centuries of history ! The mansion that houses the museum and its gardens are well worth a visit for themselves.
Olivar de Castillejo
An olive grove in the heart of Madrid: this is the garden of the Castillejo Olive Foundation. It is located near the Santiago Bernabéu and its location is perfect for those who go to know the stadium. The Foundation preserves intact more than 100 centenary olive trees along with almond trees, jars, retamas and rosemary. In addition and especially in summer in the garden are organized different cultural activities (the entrance to them costs 6 euros) that attract dozens of Madriders.
Lope de Vega House-Museum Garden
In Cervantes street and next to the house where the well-known writer lived, we find the Casa Museo de Lope de Vega: another great Spanish playwright of the seventeenth century. The house and its charming garden are survivors of the Spanish Golden Age. The furniture and ornaments are reproductions of those mentioned by Lope de Vega in his writings but yet the garden, contains the same fruit trees and plants that detail his diaries.
The Sorolla Museum Garden
The garden of the Sorolla museum we love because it makes us feel in Andalusia. A Muslim-inspired space with Italian-style pergolas: an oasis of calm in the chaos of the big city. The museum is small but charming. It is located in the mansion built by the artist of the same name and has 250 works although for many people its greatest attraction lies in a magnificent garden.
The tropical garden of Atocha
Yes, yes, in Atocha, the train station. On the occasion of the Universal Exhibition of Seville in 1992, the former station of Atocha underwent a complete remodeling that included the construction of a tropical garden with more than 500 plant species and a pond of aquatic fish plants and Galapagos turtles. Did you know that Gustave Eiffel collaborated in the construction of the station and its wrought-iron structure?
Linares Palace Garden
The secret secret garden that hides in the same roundabout of Cibeles and right on the sidewalk in front of the Palace of Cibeles. There we find the Palace of Linares, today home of the House of America (a public institution of a cultural nature that aims to strengthen ties between Spain and Latin America). Its irregularly shaped garden was built at the end of the 19th century, has a wonderful romantic style cottage and becomes a beautiful terrace in the spring and summer months.
The garden of the Reina Sofia Museum
This garden is the perfect complement to your visit to the museum. An ideal place to rest for a moment after having seen the museum and before going out again to the lively street. Sculptures by Calder and Miró and two neoclassical fountains in a garden that was originally designed by Sabatini (royal architect in the 18thcentury).
This is a square
We have already talked about this beautiful proposal in our article on Madrid Insólito. A garden – located in Lavapiés and 5 minutes from the Reina Sofía museum – born of the popular desire to turn an old abandoned plot into a place of enjoyment and rest. A self-managed square, created and maintained by the neighbors. Urban orchard, benches to rest, fruit trees, a recycled theater, a library and much more.
San Isidro Archaeobotanical Garden
In the heart of old Madrid we find the House of San Isidro (the patron saint of the villa) today converted into Museum of Origins.. The charming museum is free and chronologically shows the history of Madrid from its origins to today. In addition, it has a beautiful Renaissance courtyard and an archaeobotanical garden composed of documented plants from The Medieval Madrid. A joy.