Where to Hide from Summer Swelter in Madrid
The idea of visiting Madrid in summer is interesting—if you love the heat! The travel portal Madrid.net points out that July-August temperatures might soar from 26 degrees to 40 degrees Celsius. That means you’ll experience summer sunshine and warmth in all its glory in the capital of Spain. When you’re going sightseeing around the city during these hot midsummer days, take advantage of the city’s numerous parks to cool off and see a calmer side to the city. Like most European capitals, Madrid’s center can buzz with traffic and tourism, so let these parks’ greenery and water features soothe and restore you before an evening of the famous Madrid nightlife.
Conceived in the 17th century as a lounge zone for royals, modern El Retiro Park is a favored place by Madrileños. Indeed, its magnificent lakes, gurgling fountains, fascinating sculptures, open air cafes and, more importantly, towering crowns of trees will enchant you. This is the best park to stop in if you’re touring the major landmarks of Madrid, since it’s near the El Prado Museum and the Puerta de Alcalá.
La Casa de Campo
In contrast with El Retiro’s location right in the heart of Madrid, La Casa de Campo is on the outskirts of Madrid and has been nicknamed “the lungs of the city” since 1931. That’s when it was announced that the zone would be vehicle-free so that the public could fully enjoy rest from the hot stone pavements of Madrid. Until that time, La Casa de Campo was also favored by royal attention, especially during hunting weekends. At present, this park provides numerous ways to entertain and delight you: adults enjoy the splendor of the Royal Palace while traversing the Teleférico ropeway (2.5 km long), and kids beg for a trip to the zoo and a ticket to the carnival rides. If you’re traveling as a family, La Casa de Campo is a good place to recharge your loved-ones’ batteries.
Campo del Moro
Speaking of the Royal Palace of Madrid, don’t dismiss the 20 hectares of remarkably green park of Campo del Moro, stretched beyond the palace’s western wing. Campo del Moro is one of three green gardens surrounding the Royal Palace, but unlike the other two (Sabatini Gardens and Eastern Square) it is not owned by City Hall, instead belonging to the Spanish crown. Campo del Moro is one of the best observation decks of Madrid, because it offers a view of a panorama of city landmarks. While wandering its pathways, visitors can see the Royal Palace, Armory Square and its dome, and the towers of Almudena Cathedral. On the left, there is the House of Spain and Madrid Tower, as well as the famous chapel of Virgen del Puerto, to which thousands of pilgrims once came from all corners of Europe.
Parque Juan Carlos I
One of the latest park zones arranged in the city is Parque Juan Carlos I, which embraces an area of 160 hectares in Barajas district. It’s named after a King of Spain, but it is not the size or the name that attracts tourists. Instead, visitors flock to see the Tree Cultures garden that is a true fusion of Jewish, Islamic and Christian infulences at one spot. The park is also decorated with 19 magnificent sculptures and, notably, the Fountain of Cybernetics. In the summer season stay till dark to see various vivid multimedia shows, water jet performances, and incredible illumination.
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