The Madrid Botanical Garden (El Real JardínBotánico de Madrid in Spanish) was original established in 1755 by King Fernando VI. However, the original garden was constructed close to the Manzanares River. Later in 1774, King Carlos III decided that the garden would be better situated close to the Paseo del Prado and ordered the garden to be relocated to its present location.
The original design for the garden was by Francesco Sabatini. Later, once the garden had been moved to its new location, the designer of the Prado Museum, Juan de Villanueva, became involved in the design.
Covering an area of more than 20 acres the garden houses plants which originate from several continents. The gardens are most well-known by botanists for the incredible variety of flora and fauna from the Philippines and South America.
The Madrid Botanical Garden is a fully functioning botanical research centre, which publishes the results of its research regularly. It is considered to be one of Spain’s most valuable scientific assets, alongside being one of Madrid’s most popular tourist attractions.
Highlights of the Madrid Botanical Garden
Although the Madrid Botanical Garden is one of Madrid’s most popular urban open spaces, it is also a valuable scientific asset. The garden is quite beautiful, but not in a traditional horticultural sense. Instead, visitors will find immaculately cared for plant beds, growing herbs and plants with medicinal properties. Most of the garden is laid out in this way, with flowers being less prominent. There are of 30,000 different plants in the garden, and 1,500 trees.
The Romantic Garden is one of the main highlights, with its central duck pond and many varieties of wild roses. This is one of the favorite areas of the garden with people seeking a tranquil place to eat a picnic lunch. Tourists and local residents mingle in this delightful natural space.
The Madrid Botanical Garden for Families
The garden is one of the best places for families to visit in the City of Madrid. There is plenty for young children to explore, whilst adults will find the scientific aspect of the garden most interesting. There are plenty of shaded areas to relax and enjoy refreshments, and the garden is large enough to require several hours to see in its entirety.
The Madrid Botanical Garden Opening Times
The opening hours of the Madrid Botanical Garden change depending upon the time of year. In the main summer months from May until August the garden is open from 10am until 9pm. However, at other times of the year opening times are more complex. The garden always opens at 10am, but in April and September it closes at 8pm, in March it closes at 7pm, and from November through to February it closes at 6pm. The garden is closed on December 25 th and January 1 st every year.
Getting to the Madrid Botanical Garden
The Madrid Botanical Garden is located at:
Plaza de Murillo, 2. The entrance is right opposite the Prado Museum.
The closest Metro station is Atocha.
Date posted: 6th December, 2016Home > Articles > Madrid Botanical Garden