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The Royal Botanical Gardens, Madrid’s Hidden Treasure

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Written by damien

Anyone coming to live in a new city, especially one as well developed and with as rich a cultural history as Madrid, will soon discover that the city has many secrets and surprises. It’s always a good idea before settling into a routine in a new city, to take some time to look around and get the feel of the place.

By allowing themselves this luxury, newcomers to Madrid hopefully will come across one of its gems, the Royal Botanical Gardens, or the Real Jardín Botánico as it is known to the Madrileños. Today, ShMadrid shares her thoughts on this majestic park.

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Madrid’s famous gardens

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For more than three hundred years, residents and visitors to Madrid have been taking in the wonders of the Royal Botanical Gardens, taking the time to stroll the more than 20 acres and ponder the wonders of nature.

The peace and tranquility the gardens offer, make it an easy place for making decisions any newcomer to the city will need to make, like: where to put down their first roots in Madrid.

Once the worry of where to live has been taking care of, then it’s time to enjoy Madrid to its fullest, and there is no question there is something for everyone in the city.

The truth is that even the hardest hitting party goer, most stressed out student or hard-nosed business person will find themselves, after they have discovered the wonders of the Royal Botanical Gardens, and they will find themselves drawn to return again and again.

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The Royal Botanical Gardens are divided into a huge garden section, which in itself is divided into three subsections. In another corner of the gardens lovers of flora and fauna will also find two giant greenhouses. And in keeping with his role as Spain’s National Botanical Gardens, the Real Jardín Botánico contains examples of plants from all over the world.

The gardens are open all year round, opening daily from 10:00 a.m. and closing as late as 9:00 p.m. during the summer months. Don’t leave Madrid without visiting the Royal Botanical Gardens. It will surely have you coming back for more.

The Royal Botanical Gardens can be easily found, thanks to its convenient situation adjacent to the world-famous Prado Museum, and they are within easy walking distance of Retiro Park, the Reina Sofia museum and Atocha train station.

*Main photo by Mabacam via VisualHunt

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About the author


Originally from France, Damien has made Spain his home. He loves languages, learning, food and startups.

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