What do peach, cherry, apple, plum and almond trees have in common? They blossom. These pinks and whites were designed to remind us that spring is just around the bend. And almond trees are open right now, right here in Madrid. They are in full bloom for only two to three weeks so tick tock!
Most of us have heard of Sakura, which means season of the cherry blossoms in Japan. Unbeknownst to many, it is not only cities like Kyoto that have these springtime favorites. The almond tree, in particular, is abundant in Parque Quinta de los Molinos. Just in front of estación Suanzes (Linea 5 or green line) is the entrance to what is almost like another world. Amidst the backdrop of vivid and rambunctious Madrid, is a subtle and tranquil oasis.
There are no stores or cafes in the park, but your friendly alimentacion secos or food stores are available on Calle Alcala, right around the exit of the metro. Before entering the park premises, grab a sandwich, a fresco, and maybe some nuts to share with the birds, and you are set for a lovely picnic under the almond trees.
It is said that the park was originally the property of a rich count, but later was donated as public space. The approximately 25-hectare park has hundreds of almond trees, and also olive groves, pines, and eucalyptus. You can literally see and smell spring here!
It was no surprise that tourists and locals had their cameras on-hand while ooh-ing and ahh-ing at the sights overhead. It’s a great idea if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city center for a bit.
So go ahead. Plan to take a stroll. Bring your loved ones. Bring your pets. Leave your worries behind. Make your way to Parque Quinta pronto.
The contributing writer is Roy Macaraig. He is a project manager on sabbatical in Madrid. LinkedIn.
Photographs are by his wife, Jenny Peñas. Website. Instagram: @jeanina
- Parque Quinta de los Molinos
- Address: Calle de Alcalá, 527, 28027 Madrid
- How to get there: Metro: Suanzes (L5)
- Schedule: 6.30 to 22.00