Madrid definitely has many beautiful parks and we frequently spend our time at one of the parks to just laze around. Although we love, love, love Buen Retiro Park but we often go to the one nearest to home, Manzanares Park or if you say its name in Spanish, it will be Parque Lineal del Manzanares.
- The park is beautiful of course!
- There is a very long river called Manzanares river that stretches through this park and just lazing around the bed of the river reduce your stress instantly.
- Many sculptures of arts
- A viewing spot on a small hill to view central Madrid
- Near to Caja Magica where tennis events like Madrid Open is held. Maybe you can catch a glimps of Rafael Nadal; famous Spanish tennis player practice.
- Many olive trees! If you want to see olives on trees in abundance then come to Manzanares Park end of August or early September.
Location of Manzanares Park
The park is located at the South of central Madrid. The budget way to come here is using the metro line 3 (yellow) to Hospital 12 Octubre Station.
From there, walk about 8 to 10 minutes the nearest entrance of the park. Alternatively, you can rent a bicycle from Sol and cycle along the river of Manzanares to this park.
Our visit to Manzanares Park
Well, on the day of Los Reyes Magos and we felt like doing some exercises albeit in our separate way. Me, by brisk walking and my husband with his bicycle. I went out of the house first, of course!
Yesterday’s weather was quite chill! I went out at a quarter past eleven in the morning and by the time I reached the park,it was close to 12 noon, hoping the winter weather to get warmer but that was not the case. Brrr…should have put on the muffler. My phone checked at 6 degree celcius.
There were many people running along my way to Manzanares Park. I have never fancy running just because my knee will act up after hitting the course. Brisk walking is better. I just followed this small road and the small stream is so lovely, adding up to the already marvelous view. Subhanallah.
Manzanares Park is so big, spanning around 650 hectares and the park is actually part of a bigger park project using Manzanares River as its backbone. So, the stream you see in the picture above is actually coming from a bigger river called Rio Manzanares in Spanish.
I took the picture (autumn tree) towards the end of December 2015 and it seems the autumn ends pretty late this time. The yellow leaves contrasting the lovely blue Madrid sky. Breathtaking.
It took me about 45 minutes walking from my house to Manzanares Park and the journey is about 3.4km. Return journey is close to 7 km! Yeay! In the spirit of physical fitness but only done once or twice a week..kekeke.
This park has so many olive trees!! We actually took some of the olive leaves to make some of our favorite olive leaf tea and also some of the ripe olives (around November) as well!! Shhh…don’t tell anyone please. ^^ Just because we cannot help ourselves to join the elderly to pick those olives which fell on the grass and pickle them. Yummy…
I have walked from my home to Sol by following the route of Manzanares river for about 2 hours! My legs suffered so much but the view along the river was amazing. That will be in another post. 🙂 Lonnnngggg story to tell!
I suggest that you try to walk or cycle from Sol to Legazpi Station by following the flow of the river towards the south. You won’t regret it.
More info about Manzanares Park: EsMadrid