Sabatini Gardens (Jardines de Sabatini)
Conveniently situated next to the Royal Palace (Palacio Real de Madrid), numerous tours pass the Sabatini Gardens. To visit the gardens and learn about Spanish royal history, consider booking a guided Royal Palace tour. These tours often include skip-the-line palace entry, and stop in the gardens. You can also opt for an e-bike or Segway tour, which take advantage of Madrid's lovely weather, typically pass the gardens, and may offer inclusions like food or tapas tastings.
Things to Know Before You Go
- All visitors appreciate resting on a bench in Sabatini Gardens, with its ample shade and views of the Royal Palace.
- Music enthusiasts can visit in summer for the Los Veranos de la Villa festival, when the Sabatini Gardens host public concerts and performances.
- Don't forget your camera—the park provides a perfect vantage point to snap photos of the Royal Palace.
- The park is free to explore, and open all year round.
How to Get There
Travelers that want to visit the gardens without getting stuck on a tour bus tend to book a Segway or e-bike tour, while athletic visitors can opt for a small-group running excursion. And because of its central location, the gardens are a perfect stop on a self-paced tour if you're getting around by metro. Hop the 3 or 10 lines to the Plaza de España station, or the 2 or 5 lines to the Opera station.
When to Get There
There's nothing better than spring and early summer in Madrid. The flowers are blooming, the weather tends to be mild and sunny, and days are long because of daylight savings. Summer is also a great time to catch a concert in the park. To avoid the crowds, plan to arrive during the week, since weekends tend to be busy.
Learning about History at the Royal Palace (Palacio Real de Madrid): Learning about the Spanish monarchy is within reach at the nearby Royal Palace, known for its thousands of rooms and rococo design. Visitors marvel at the building's ornate interior, and royal collection, boasting celebrated works of art, instruments, and military relics. There are numerous options for tours, which can be easily booked in advance to secure a spot.
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- Plaza de Oriente
- Royal Monastery of the Incarnation (Real Monasterio de la Encarnación)
- Almudena Cathedral (Catedral de la Almudena)
- Cafe de Chinitas
- Madrid Plaza de la Villa
- Las Tablas Flamenco
- San Miguel Market (Mercado de San Miguel)
- Church of San Ginés (Iglesia de San Ginés)
- Royal Palace of El Pardo (Palacio Real de El Pardo)
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