Shortly after moving to Madrid, I set out to explore the city’s parks and green spaces. I started with Parque del Buen Retiro (read recent Guiri Guide posts here and here) and then headed over to the Parque del Oueste. With my brother in tow, and luckily also my camera, we started at the Templo de Debod and then headed further north into the park. I was pleased to find lovely green spaces with plenty of room for picnics, strolls with our dog, cycling and even skateboarding!
We then wandered down a small path and happened upon the beautiful and peaceful La Rosaleda garden. Set away from the main pathway before you reach the cable cars, there was only a handful of people strolling in between the rows and rows of rosebeds. I was amazed at the array of colours, neatly groomed pathways and thoughtfully laid out garden. The flowers come from all over the world and it’s a spectacular sight when they are all in bloom. Several fountains and pergolas add to the ambiance. Instantly relaxed, we wandered through the garden and sat for a while on one of the benches scattered throughout. A peaceful haven so close to the hustle and bustle of the Plaza de Espana!
Here are a couple photos I took in early June … it’s become one of my favorite spots in Madrid and I think it’s definitely worth a visit (especially if you enjoy taking photos or need some peace and quiet!).
La Rosaleda garden located within the Parque del Oeste (near la Calle de Francisco and Calle de Quintana.