Friday, October 7, 2016

Parque El Capricho

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.


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
Map: Click here for PDF of park
Price: Free!
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.

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