Next to the old Alcazar of Madrid (a historic fortress that served as a royal palace), this area was soon forgotten once the Alcazar burned down in the 18th century. That is until the 19th century when the garden was designed and created. Nowadays, Campo del Moro is one of the green areas surrounding the (current) Royal Palace, close to Sabatini Gardens and opposite the river and Casa de Campo. But it’s not a place for bike rides or picnics, you cannot step on the grass, so picnics are not allowed in here. In that sense, it is more like Capricho Park.
Do not be fooled by its location – this park is practically unknown to tourists. That’s not a problem, as it is not crowded, which would not be possible either way due to pandemic reasons; but it does make me wonder why it is not a more popular spot. The bright side of this? Your pictures of the landscape will be perfect.
I think you can be transported to another era while walking around its pines, bushes, fountains, and flowers, maybe even reflecting on the history behind the palace walls. Soon enough, it will also be perfect for escaping the summer heat – I know it will be for me. Whichever your reason, do not miss the chance to visit Campo del Moro. You can honestly listen to the sound of silence here.