This past Saturday, I walked from Pueblo Nuevo to Parque El Capricho, a park I'd surprisingly never been to before.
It's very close to Parque Juan Carlos I and the airport, but it had somehow escaped my presence both years I lived in Madrid.
They count people as you enter, since there's a cap at 1,000 people. When I entered, the woman asked me if I had any food in my bag ("¿Lleva algo de comer?") , and I said no. (I did have a snack, but it was for later, post-park!) You can't eat food in the park—no picnics here—so just be aware that they may ask you the same thing.
I brought along my kindle, notebook, and watercolors, and thus passed several peaceful hours either sitting on benches beside the gardens, walking through the park, or reading in the grass.
IF YOU GO...What: Parque El Capricho
Where: Paseo Alameda de Osuna, 25; Madrid 28042
Metro: El Capricho (Line 5)
Hours (Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays):
- October 1 - March 31: 9:00-18:30
- April 1 - September 30: 9:00-21:00
Tips: Below are a few park rules that are helpful to know ahead of time.
- Animals are not permitted in the park.
- Riding bikes and rollerblades/skateboards are also not permitted.
- You can't eat in the park.
- You can't play ball in the park.