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The largest parks in Madrid

Madrid is not only a great city with continuous hustle and bustle, but it is also dominated by asphalt and green landscapes. In the capital of Spain, there are lots of parks and gardens that are seen in every neighbourhood, where the locals can rest and enjoy the nature. There are also other somewhat larger parks, which are the symbol of luxury and pride for the locals.

The 1,722.6 hectares of greenery in Casa de Campo make this the largest public park in Madrid, twice the size of the Parisian Bois de Boulogne and five times larger than Central Park in New York. It is a historical garden from the Renaissance era that belonged to the royals before being made available for public enjoyment. It houses facilities such as the Amusement Park and the Zoo.

Since its inauguration in March 2015, the forest area of ​​almost 470 hectares in Valdebebas is called, Forestal Felipe VI Park, the second urban lung in the city. Inspired by the image of a tree, which can be seen from the sky, it reproduces 10 types of Iberian forest, designed in a sustainable concept.

The third in size is the Juan Carlos I Park, located in Campo de las Naciones. Its 160 hectares are landscaped with different plant species and there are various facilities such as a lake and an auditorium.

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Although El Retiro Park is the most emblematic park in the heart of the city, it is not the largest despite containing 118 hectares of scenic and monumental beauty. It is one of the most charming places in Madrid and one of the main tourist attractions.

In a descending order, the 98-hectare Oeste Park, in English-design landscape, is in fifth place. This park used to be an immense urban landfill but the mayor, Alberto Aguilera, decided to urbanise it at the beginning of the 20th century. Further expansions led him to integrate the park with the Cuartel de la Montaña, where the Temple of Debod is situated.

To the northwest, in Ciudad Universitaria, we can find Dehesa de la Villa, an area that has retained much of its forest appearance. Its 70 hectares of land reflect a significant reduction with respect to its past. This forest stands out for its important variety of birds, with more than 70 different species.

Other outstanding parks in Madrid are Quinta de Torre Arias, with 17 hectares and some extraordinary gardens that shelter 51 species of trees with great antiquity and the beautiful Park of El Capricho, originating from the 18th century. It was declared as a Cultural Interest in 1985 due to its unique beauty and gardens that occupy its 14 hectares.

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