The Templo de Debod is one of my favourite picnic spots in Madrid. It’s another of those places within this huge city that doesn’t feel like it’s in the middle of a city. It sits up on a little hill just a 5 min walk from Plaza de España. Walk up the steps and you’ll be rewarded with views of a beautiful Egyptian temple – not what you expected to find in the middle of the Spanish capital?! Well, you can find out the story inside, as it’s a little museum, and free, by the way!
The area around the Temple is a park, with lush, green grass, and lots of trees, including some palm trees! There’s plenty of space to find your own little picnic spot, in the shade or the sun. In the summer, there are often people playing music, singing, and practising performing arts (juggling, tightrope walking…), so plenty to entertain you during your post-lunch siesta! And behind the temple is a fountain, where you can cool off your feet, or just enjoy the spray.
This park is a well-known place to watch the sunset from – looking out over the Casa de Campo, across the old royal hunting ground. So, fill up your picnic basket, grab a bunch of friends, and head over to the park for a picnic!