In 1992, Madrid was elected as the European Capital of Culture (well, maybe elected is a strong word). As a result of the honor that was bestowed upon the city, the government decided to open up Parque Juan Carlos I to the public.
It is the largest park in the community of Madrid. Beating out Parque del Retiro with around 60 ha. Now, technically the biggest “park” would be Casa de Campo but we all know that’s just a bike trail filled with many trees and a whole lot of shenanigans going on. Visit both places and you’ll see what I mean.
Parque Juan Carlos I was named after the former king of Spain and it’s not your typical park that boasts an impressive range in the floral and wildlife department. Although it sports its fair share of greenery. Its relation to its own origin has probably set the tone for the esthetic profile of the park. It’s jam packed with sculptures, shapes, weird looking buildings and other types of art. It’s a nice change of pace and not as crowded as the other parks in Madrid. There are a lot more things to see here but I will let you discover those for yourself.
The park is easily accessible by foot, just a few hundred meters from Metro station Campo De Las Naciones (line 8).