Spring is the time of the splendor of the gardens. Their flowers, their trees, the green of the meadows that embrace corners usually related to interesting episodes of history shine. In Spain -for example- there are five gardens that are Unesco World Heritage: the Generalife Gardens (Alhambra, Generalife and Albaicín de Granada), Park Güell (Works by Antoni Gaudí), the Reales Alcázares (Cathedral, Alcázar and Archivo de Indias de Sevilla), the Palmeral of Elche and the Gardens of the Royal Palace (Cultural Landscape of Aranjuez).
The gardens of National Heritage they host tens of thousands of visitors every weekend. They are always good options to enjoy the season and the pleasant weather, and even more so at this time, when we all value so much the open spaces and social distance. The last weekend of March -with the beginning of spring- they received 24,192 visitors, who wanted to enjoy outdoor leisure, according to the visitor counting system implemented in nine of the green spaces with which the institution has.
The Jardín de la Isla, in Aranjuez, an example of an Italian-Flemish Renaissance garden surrounded by the waters of the Tagus River, was the most visited green space with 9,795 people, followed by the Parque de la Casita del Príncipe in El Escorial, with 4,028 people. and the La Granja Gardens in Segovia, with 3,702 people.
Surrounded by a total of 111.23 hectares of open gardens and located in a fertile plain at the confluence of the Tagus and the Jarama, the Royal Palace of Aranjuez was the quintessential country residence of the Spanish Kings. Currently the gardens of the Island are open, with a capacity of 600 people, and those of Isabel II and the Parterre, the latter with a capacity of 50 people. On March 19, the Jardin del Príncipe de Aranjuez opened the space between the Puerta de Villanueva and Calle Isabel II, where the Fuente de Apolo is located with a capacity of 600 visitors.
The Prince’s House
La Casita del Príncipe, in El Escorial, was built by Juan de Villanueva in the second half of the 18th century as a recreation pavilion for the future King Carlos IV. It is surrounded by two gardens, one in the front and the other in the back, connected to each other. The palatial taste of the time is present in its fountains, ponds, waterfalls, walks and box hedges. To this is added the existence of an extensive park around it, populated by autochthonous species, such as oak and holm oak; non-native, such as redwood and pinsapo; and typical garden trees.
Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso
The Royal Palace of the Granja de San Ildefonso was ordered to be built by Felipe V as a place of retirement in 1724. The gardens, designed by René Carlier with a profusion of flowerbeds and large trees, host a spectacular set of monumental fountains decorated with sculptures of lead, with bronze patina, representing mythological scenes of great beauty. The layout of its streets and avenues is projected beyond the enclosure, integrating into the mountainous landscape of the Valsaín Mountains. This projection towards nature was an unusual approach at the time, merging flower beds, natural architecture and the forest.