A park or an oasis in the middle of Madrid? The El Capricho park is one of the wonderful surprises that we find when we walk through this charming city.
The truth is that it is not very easy to find this park because it is open to the public only on weekends and is also in a bit hidden residential area.
It was created in 1784 by the Dukes of Osuna, especially by the Duchess of Osuna. Her aim was to receive personalities of the time.
In 1974 the Madrid City Council bought the park after a phase that was in decline and began its repair. The park today contains hermitages, fountains, squares and the palace of the dukes. According to the description of the park, the garden offers three different styles which are: the French garden, the English landscape and the Italian giardino. The park also has a secret … his famous bunker: ‘Position Jaca’, a treasure of the Spanish Civil War, unique in Europe.
The park is opened to the public during the weekends. But the council has created a program called Habitat Madrid, which organizes various walks to parks and monuments, with fixed dates and can arrange guided tours normally free of charge.
Returning to the Dukes, an interesting detail is that in the Museo del Prado there is a picture where you can see the whole family, if anyone wants to know the original creators of this wonder.
I leave here the link of Habitat Madrid and also the link of the park for more information
El Capricho Park – Paseo de la Alameda de Osuna, 25,
Telephone – 915 88 01 14