Madrid has loads of parks, but for me this one is special. La Quinta de los Molinos is a little bit further from the centre, but definitely worth the short trip by metro line 5 to Suanzes. Smaller than the Retiro, but big enough to while away an entire afternoon just the same.
It was designed by César Cort Botí, a professor of Urbanism at the School of Architecture in the 1920s, and inherited after his death by the local government when it became open to the public in 1982.
Walking through this park, I am always amazed by the variety of trees – you can find just about any Mediterranean tree type here. My favourites are the almond trees, which have gorgeous blossom for a few weeks every Spring, and the beautifully gnarled olive trees. I always love looking up through the branches to the clear blue Spanish sky. Beautiful!
There’s a pond with a fountain, a grand house, a bridge, an exercise area, and two windmills (which the park is named after) that help to power the park’s watering system.