Jardines de Cecilio Rodríguez, Madrid

Category: Madrid

Are you and your family planning a trip to Spain in the upcoming year, specifically to its capital and largest city of Madrid? Have you considered and/or mapped out an itinerary for your holiday, a list of some of the things you’d like to see and do during your visit? When most people think of Madrid they picture a very historic and artistic city, one filled with interesting monuments, museums and galleries in all directions. Some think of it as a place with world-class restaurants and nightclubs; a place where the party is just getting started when most people are heading for bed. Actually, both of these descriptions are accurate, but neither tells the entire story regarding this splendid world capital.

What most people fail to realize is that Madrid, while certainly historic and lively, is also very beautiful from a natural standpoint, with acres of lush park space, where residents and tourists can take a break from the noise and crowds of the city center and relax peacefully among some of the most beautiful natural flora in all of Europe. Nowhere is this truer than in the Parque Buen Retiro (Buen Retiro Park), home to the stunning Jardines (Gardens) of Cecilio Rodriguez. To help you become more familiar with this fabulous inner-city green space, below we have provided a brief overview of the gardens, including some information about their namesake, D. Cecilio Rodriguez.

Jardines de Cecilio Rodríguez: Overview

The Jardines de Cecilio Rodriguez is one of the largest, most beautiful and well cared for gardens in all of Spain, designed by, and later named for, Cecilio Rodriguez. They are located in the renowned Buen Retiro Park, a park that belonged to the Spanish Monarchy until the late 19th century, when it became a public park owned by the City of Madrid.

Born in 1865 in the town of Valladolid, Cecilio Rodriguez became a gardening apprentice in the city of Madrid when he was just a young boy. Over the years he perfected his gardening skills, and in 1914 he was commissioned to create the Rosaleda del Retiro, a beautiful Rose Garden that still remains today, also located in Buen Retiro Park. Following his success with the Rose Garden, he was named the Director of Parks and Gardens for the City of Madrid, a position he held until he retired. During his time as Director he worked on, and some say perfected, a garden then known as the Herrero Palacios Gardens, which the city renamed the Jardines de Cecilio Rodriguez in honor of all his hard work and dedication to the parks and gardens of Madrid.

The Jardines de Cecilio Rodriguez is one of the most popular attractions in Buen Retiro Park, an oasis located just yards away from one of the busiest world capitals in all of Europe. The gardens are a mixture of tall trees, beautifully landscaped shrubs and walkways, and thousands of colorful plants and flowers. Walking through the gates into the Jardines de Cecilio Rodriguez is like walking into a park within a park, highlighted by stone pine trees, trimmed cypresses, pergolas, and strolling peacocks. The garden features four ponds, all with sparkling fountains in the center, one in the shape of a seagull, sculpted in iron by Malaga Jaime Fernandez Pimentel. It was donated by the country of Norway to Madrid in 1962, and is surrounded by eight large columns of granite.

The Jardines de Cecilio Rodriguez is a must-see attraction when visiting Madrid, one you’ll remember years afterward for its simple and colorful beauty. It is located very close to the Puerta de Alcala and not far from the famous Prado Museum. Luckily, the Madrid Metro has a stop right in front of the park’s gate.