It seems that summer has arrived and is finally here to stay in Madrid, which means that as the temperature slowly rises it’s time to start finding some cooler chill-out spots in the city. I’m not too much of a fan of locking myself indoors all day, so one of my go-tos to stay cool in the heat is to seek refuge in the various shady parks of the city. While in Madrid there is no lack of green spaces, sometimes you just want a park that is calmer and less on the touristy side (Retiro, you’re lovely, but you definitely can get a little too crowded at times).
It’s likely that you haven’t heard of Parque Atenas – I hadn’t until this year. I love this spot because it’s almost always empty, the park is quite clean, and there is plenty of shade and space. Plus, it’s in an awesome location – it’s quite close to the Royal Palace going uphill, meanwhile head downhill to reach Casa de Campo. Need some extra convincing? If you are feeling thirsty for a cold beer or tinto de verano at some point, there is a bar at the top of the park with an outdoor terrace. Can’t ask for too much more than that if you ask me!