Real Jardin Botanico, Madrid

Real Jardin Botanico, Madrid (must see)

Madrid is rich in history and architecture, and luckily it is also rich in parks where you can relax, eat a picnic lunch and still be in the heart of the city. The Real Jardin Botanico de Madrid is an ideal place to spend an afternoon.

The botanical gardens were first organized in 1755 during the reign of King Ferdinand VI who wanted a royal garden with different species of plants from all around the world. The botanist Jose Quer y Martinez laid out the first garden with over 2000 plants. In 1774 the gardens were moved to their present location next to the Paseo del Prado by King Charles III, with a new landscape carried out by Francesco Sabatini and Juan de Villanueva.

The gardens today are divided into three terraces, two greenhouses and a Herbarium. The first garden is the Terraza del Plano de la Flor: set out in the English Romantic style, this terrace is a delight of trees and shrubs. In this part of the gardens, you can visit the Villanueva Pavilion or sit beside the pond and feed the ducks. The second garden is the Terraza de los Cuadros: on this terrace, you will find ornamental and common plants, the air is filled with the scent of aromatic and medicinal plants; there is an orchard, a fountain and a lovely rock garden. The third garden, the Terraza de la Escuelas Botanicas has 12 fountains and a wide variety of annual plants.

The herbarium has over a million species of plants separated into two groups: phanerogam (plants which reproduce by seeds) and cryptogam (plants that reproduce by spores). In the greenhouses, you will find a vast variety of plants from tropical, temperate and desert climates.

Tip:
Make sure you visit the two greenhouses in the back and walk along the upper level of the rainforest and desert one – quite a unique perspective!
Also, check out the small art exhibit (which changes every quarter or so) near the back of the park.
It is worth walking around the perimeter fence to see what is in bloom before you pay the entrance fee.

Opening Hours:
Daily: (Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec) 10am-6pm; (Mar, Oct) 10am-7pm; (Apr, Sep) 10am-8pm; (May, Jun, Jul, Aug) 10am-9pm.
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Sight Name: Real Jardin Botanico
Sight Location: Madrid, Spain
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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