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Madrid, the world’s second city for green spaces

By | 13 May, 2020 | 0 comments

Casa de Campo de Madrid

Did you know that Madrid is the city with the second-most trees in the whole world? With a whopping total of 248,000 it’s only topped by the capital of Japan, Tokyo. In February this year, Madrid was recognised by the UN and the Arbor Day Foundation as a ‘Tree City of the World’, a distinction bestowed on a total of 60 cities around the world including Madrid, Paris, Dublin and Quito, capital of Ecuador. Along with these popular capital cities, big cities including New York, San Francisco and Toronto were also awarded the distinction, as well as some smaller cities too.

One of Madrid’s green treasures is the Parque del Retiro, where you can take a stroll among the many trees, enjoy the lake and lie down for a rest on the grass fields, as well as admiring some of Madrid’s most beautiful fountains and monuments.

The Royal Botanical Gardens are an open-air green museum, offering visitors a stroll through over 5000 botanical species from all five continents. The gardens bring together over 200 years of history and host a range of informative activities like exhibitions and all-day events.

Another notable green space in Madrid is the Casa de Campo, once a leisure retreat for Spanish royalty and now a favourite spot for locals to go for a bike ride or have a picnic. The amusement park Parque de Atracciones and Madrid’s zoo can also be found in its grounds. Did you know that, as well as visiting the Casa de Campo on foot, you can also fly over it in a cable car?

That’s not all, either: there’s also the Temple of Debod, Parque Juan Carlos I, Madrid Río, the Cerro del Tío Pío… Madrid offers a huge number of green spaces to come into contact with nature without leaving the city.

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