Let’s go back in time & cherish the history of this park. María Josefa Pimentel, Duchess of Osuna (1752-1834) created this park. She was famous for her patronage of artists, writers and scientists. The Duchess showed interest in landscape gardening. And from the 1780s she started developing a garden at the family estate at Alameda de Osuna, near Madrid. The garden, which still survives as one of the prettiest park & the most unknown park until this day. The park began to construct in 1787, finally ending 52 years later, in 1839. The duchess died without seeing the site completely completed in 1834. El Capricho is an Artistic Garden, declared so in 1943.
El Capricho today houses an important botanical, sculptural and artistic wealth. It contains temples, hermitages, fountains, small squares and the Palace of the Dukes. They proposed in 2016 to open the Palace as a museum, to repreresnt this period. The garden offers French garden, the English landscape and the Italian gardens. The park reflects the artistic heritage of its designers. El Capricho comprises the only garden of Romanticism existing in Madrid. Like the labyrinth of shrubs you will encounter there.
In all honesty this park has more than scenery to offer. In particular, the Bunker & all the artistic influences this park offers us.
Location: Paseo Alameda de Osuna, 25, 28042, Madrid
Metro: El Capricho
Hours: Saturday to Sunday & festivals 9:00h -18:30 h
Telephone: +34 91 588 01 14
Furthermore some tips
Since it is a Historical Park you have to keep in mind some things before visiting this astonishing park.
1. Food & Drinks aren’t allowed inside the park. You can always leave them at the entrance of the park & collect it later when you exit the park.
2. Pets aren’t allowed in this park
3. Playing with balls or any other activity related aren’t allowed in this park either.
*Photo Credit: @tarvisin*