The Real Jardin Botanico is a massive, vibrant 20-acre expanse of greenery in Madrid, Spain, a two-and-a-half centuries-old public park well known for its diverse plants and elegant, sprawling pathways. With an entrance beside the Prado Museum in Plaza de Murillo, today’s gardens consist of over 2,000 different varieties of plants, approximately 90,000 flowers and plants and 1,500 trees total.

The garden is sectioned into seven exhibition areas outdoors and five conditioned greenhouses, allowing for the survival and growth of species unsuited to Madrid’s humid Mediterranean climate. The greenhouses support tropical, temperate and desert climates.

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What are the highlights of the Real Jardin Botanico in Madrid?

The Real Jardin Botanico collections include Terraza de los Cuadros, Terraza de las Escuelas Botánicas and Terraza del Plano de la Flor. Terraza de los Cuadros contains ornamental, aromatic, medicinal, and endemic plants in box-edged plots with a Japanese garden at its southwestern edge. Terraza de las Escuelas Botánicas contains a phylogenetically-ordered taxonomic set of plants around twelve fountains. Terraza del Plano de la Flor contains the Villanueva Pavilion, a pond with a bust of Carl Linnaeus, and a variety of trees and shrubs organised in the romantic English style of the mid-19th century.

The 19th-century Graells greenhouse features tropical plants and bryophytes.

What else is good to know about the Real Jardin Botanico in Madrid?

The Real Jardin Botanico is a 5-minute walk from Atocha and an 8-minute walk from Anton Martin or a train trip from Madrid to Atocha. Generally, visitors spend about 1-2 hours there, with self-guided tours and the ability to rent some of the garden’s facilities for public and private events. The auditorium, seminary hall, Plane Tree Square and Garden Square for Peace are some of the available facilities.

In Paseo del Prado, the gardens are near Palacio de Cibeles, Círculo de Bellas Artes, the Retiro Park, the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum.

Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid

Ubicación: Plaza de Murillo, 2, 28014 Madrid, Spain

Horarios: Daily from 10 am to 5.30 pm

Teléfono: +34 914 20 30 17