Very much unknown, at the northest of Madrid it’s located Capricho park, literally whim park.
El Capricho is a Romantic garden created in 1784 by the Duke of Osuna when he acquired the land for the specific purpose of giving expression to the family’s visionary and artistic values. The most prestigious gardeners worked in it, building a sort of artistic-nature retreat for the dukes.
After the death of the duke, the park was much abandonned till 1934, when the Spanish Republic declared it Historic Garden. Later it suffered a lot during the Civil War till the 80’s, when it was restored as much as possible to its original form.
Now, it’s a gourgeus place, ideal to take a stroll during summer weekends, when it’s open from 9 to 21h. It’s a good idea to stay cool in Madrid during its hot afternoons and to discover a nice place outside the crowd of the city centre.