by Katie Goldstein
While sometimes it may seem that the Retiro is the only park in the city center, tourists in Madrid often overlook an equally enjoyable and certainly less crowded green area. Lining the city’s western edge from near Plaza de España to Moncloa, the hilly Parque del Oeste has plenty of trails to let you lose yourself a little without leaving the center of the city. Don’t miss these highlights:
1. Just northwest of Plaza de España, you’ll find the Templo de Debod, Spain’s only Egyptian temple. It’s especially lovely at sunset.
2. Walk north from the temple and you’ll reach the Teleférico, a cable car that will whisk you away to Madrid’s largest green space, the Casa de Campo. On the way, enjoy the views of the Palacio Real, La Almudena, and San Francisco El Grande.
3. Downhill from the Teleférico, you’ll find the wonderful rosaleda (rose garden), renowned for its annual international rose competition. The roses reach their peak around mid-May, when it’s truly a sensory delight.
4. If you’re getting tired of all the activity, head back uphill to the Paseo de Pintor Rosales. This tree-lined street that borders the park is full of terrazas, though they’re not cheap.
5. Enjoy walking along the paths north of the rosaleda. For a good workout, climb the hill back up to Moncloa. Picnicking is highly recommended in the warmer months.
Check out the satellite map below to see all of these places: