Joggers; students after school; after-work gatherings; dog walkers; friends chatting; tourists; photographers (professionals and amateurs); picnic lovers; musicians and street-performers. All of them can be found here on any given day, meaning you will truly feel the city vibe. I have talked about Retiro being my number one spot in Madrid, so let’s call this park my second favorite.
Parque del Oeste (West park) is mostly known for the Egyptian temple called “Templo de Debod”. However, a visit to this monument itself is just a part of it and not the best one in my opinion. The park is in one of my favorite areas in Madrid, where city views include Casa de Campo and the Cathedral. There is also a rose garden, little cafés on the side, street performers, picnic areas and even a cable car that takes you directly to Casa de Campo. Those are the things I love most about it. The temple was a gift to Spain by the Egyptian government a few years ago, and you can visit it for free. If you want, you can check visiting hours here.
It’s fine visiting Parque del Oeste all-year-round, but when spring is about to bloom it simply is amazing. For truly awesome pictures that you will cherish forever, wait until sunset by the pond next to the monument. Concerts on summer nights are a must, being my favorite the one on Summer Solstice Day.