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Old August 1st, 2008, 10:42 PM   #1
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Green Madrid

The population of the city of Madrid is roughly 3.2 million, while the estimated metropolitan area is calculated to be 5.84 million.

According to the book "Gardens of Madrid" by Carmen Ariza and Óscar Masats and data from Madrid regional government as of November-2005, there are more than 100 parks in Madrid, dozens of smaller gardens and 298,142 trees in the streets of Madrid.

These are some of those 298,142 trees in the streets and squares.






















5,000 hectares of parks and gardens (not including Monte del Pardo and its 16,000 hectares) and although there is no official "census" of the trees in Casa de Campo Park, there are about 500,000 trees in that park.

The Department of Parks and Gardens, depending on Madrid Local Authorities, established an official "census" of the approximate 300,000 trees in the streets of Madrid, and an "identity card" specifying when the tree was planted, when it was pruned, its age and problems.


This is by no means an exhaustive report on the green areas of Madrid, but a very brief summary with a couple of details and just a few pics so you can catch a glimpse of these green spaces.

All the pics have been taken by me except the view from the balloon and those inside Monte del Pardo.


Main urban green spaces in Madrid (Spain):

1 HECTARE = 2,471 ACRES



- Monte del Pardo 16,000 hectares. One of the best preserved Mediterranean forests, at only 8 km from Madrid city centre.

It was a royal hunting forest too. King Alfonso XI back in 1340 wrote a Treaty on Hunting where the Monte del Pardo was already mentioned. The current wall built of granite and brick dates back to 1750.

Around 15,100 hectares of Monte del Pardo are surrounded by a wall (66 km long) with approximately 4000 fallow deer, 3000 deer, 500 wild boars and 30000 rabbits as well as many other birds and birds of prey (vultures, golden eagles, imperial eagles, storks, cranes, owls, magpies, red-legged partridge), mammals (wild cats, martens, badgers, etc) and reptiles. This walled area is strictly forbidden to visitors.

The remaining 900 hectares are open to the public.


The grey area is the city of Madrid. Puerta del Sol, the square considered to be Madrid city centre is only 8 km from Monte del Pardo southern limit.




Skyscrapers in Madrid seen from Monte del Pardo.




Monte del Pardo.





- Casa de Campo 1,722 hectares. It was created by Philip II in 1560 as a royal hunting place.



Casa de Campo


Casa de Campo


Casa de Campo


Casa de Campo



Casa de Campo seen from West Park



Casa de Campo seen from West Park





Casa de Campo

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Largest gardens and parks:


- El Retiro (118 hectares). It was created in 1630-1640. It has about 15,000 trees.





El Retiro


El Retiro


El Retiro


El Retiro







- Jardín Botánico (Royal Botanic Gardens) created in 1780 with more than 30,000 species of trees and plants









- Parque del Oeste (98 hectares) It was created in 1906.
























- Campo del Moro (20 hectares)









- Jardines de Sabatini





- Alameda de Osuna. Parque el Capricho (18 hectares)
It was built in 1787-1839





- Quinta de los Molinos (25 hectares)

Created in 1920. It has many olive trees, pine trees and eucalyptuses, almond trees are the most spectacular though, especially when they bloom in February.






- Parque Juan Carlos I (160 hectares)




- Parque de la Arganzuela




- Parque Tierno Galván (45 hectares)




- Parque Fuente del Berro (13 hectares)

Origin: a vast orchard with fruit trees and vineyards bought by king Philip IV in 1630
In 1954 the gardens were opened to the public.










- Dehesa de la Villa (60-70 hectares)
It is the oldest park in Madrid, the first historic reference to it dates back to May 1st 1122 when king Alfonso VII gave this plot of land to the city of Madrid to be used as pastureland.







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Old August 1st, 2008, 11:09 PM   #2
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Very nice!

How about the Manzanares river and the Avenida de Portugal?
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Old August 1st, 2008, 11:12 PM   #3
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Wow! So beautiful
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Old August 2nd, 2008, 12:45 PM   #4
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Nice thread diegodbs really nice work
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I didn't know that Madrid is so green.
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Old August 2nd, 2008, 01:16 PM   #6
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Really great thread. You made a great effort, thank you very much
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Old August 2nd, 2008, 04:40 PM   #7
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Thank you all.
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Old August 2nd, 2008, 09:10 PM   #8
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Wow those parks look awesome and big. I didn't know Madrid was so green.
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Old August 3rd, 2008, 07:48 PM   #9
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Great thread!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for showing us Madrid's oasis.
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Old August 4th, 2008, 07:26 PM   #10
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Thats what I call a quality thread! Great to see such big green areas in the spanish capital!
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Old August 4th, 2008, 07:40 PM   #11
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Thank you Adams3 and thank you all again.
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Old August 4th, 2008, 08:35 PM   #12
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yups, very interesting/useful thread, quite informative and streight to the point.

I hope more thread like this show up, some are a bit touristy, pretty pics without much information about the place. information doesn't need a huge text, of course.
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Wonderful work and wonderful thread diego, thank you very much for your big effort.
Some other parks as Parque de Atenas, Parque de Berlin, Parque de la Elipa, Parque del Cerro del Tio Pio (de las Tetas), Cuña verde de Latina, may be added... probably some others too but I do not know their names now... but your thread is really nice.
I have some pics from Quinta de los Molinos with the cherry tree flowers







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Old August 4th, 2008, 09:04 PM   #14
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Quote:
Originally Posted by PedroGabriel View Post
yups, very interesting/useful thread, quite informative and streight to the point.

I hope more thread like this show up, some are a bit touristy, pretty pics without much information about the place. information doesn't need a huge text, of course.
Thanks, I tried this thread to be interesting/useful as you say and not only a collection of nice pics, indeed some pics of the thread are not "nice" but I don't care. Just some pics about a certain garden or park and some data, not many data in most cases except about Monte del Pardo but I think it was worth in that particular case.

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Wonderful work and wonderful thread diego, thank you very much for your big effort.
Some other parks as Parque de Atenas, Parque de Berlin, Parque de la Elipa, Parque del Cerro del Tio Pio (de las Tetas), Cuña verde de Latina, may be added... probably some others too but I do not know their names now... but your thread is really nice.
I have some pics from Quinta de los Molinos with the cherry tree flowers
Thanks for the cherry trees
As for the other parks, there are sooooo many. As I said in my first post, more than 100 hundred of all sizes.
Now I am preparing another thread about the statues of Madrid, you wouldn't believe how many statues there are in this city
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Old August 29th, 2008, 01:03 PM   #15
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Wooooow!!! great thread. I´ll put some pics.

PD: podías poner las fotos también en el hilo de parques y jardines del foro madrileño
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Old September 5th, 2008, 07:08 PM   #16
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Woww!
Thanks!
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Incredible.
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Old September 5th, 2008, 10:03 PM   #18
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Wow! incredible Madrid! have you got pics of the El Capricho Park? i saw it and it was very beautiful
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Diegobs no sé que me pasa contigo pero no se me ve ninguna de las imágenes que subes y no hablo exclusivamente de este tema, ¿te las han eliminado?

Saludos.
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Yo si las veo...
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