This garden is a complete delight: more than 7,000 square metres of plants and vegetation set in what was once a municipal slaughterhouse. It was built between 1908 and 1928 by architect Luis Bellido y González. The restoration was done in the style of 19th-century London or Viennese greenhouses and accommodates 9,000 species of plants, including cacti and succulents, and even some species of fish. Seriously, the place will blow you away.
We've got something to say to those who think Madrid is just a city of concrete and smoke. Although you might not notice at first, there are actually numerous parks and gardens around the city; some are hard to miss, and some are tucked away, the kind you can get to only if you know where they are. The result of our extensive search for green spaces in Madrid is this guide to 23 uniquely wonderful public parks, from the centre to the outskirts (and we all know there are many more).