Capricho Park

PLEASE NOTE: El Retiro and eight of the city’s other parks (El Capricho, Sabatini Gardens, the Rose Garden in Oeste Park, Juan Carlos I, Juan Pablo II, Quinta de Fuente del Berro, Quinta de los Molinos and Quinta Torre Arias) may close if weather conditions are severe. On these occasions you are also advised not to visit Dehesa de la Villa and Oeste Park which have no gates and cannot be closed to the public.

Built in 1784 by the Duke and Duchess of Osuna on the outskirts of Madrid, El Capricho is one of the city’s most beautiful -and least known- parks. It was frequented by 18th century artists, thinkers and bullfighters like writer Leandro Fernández de Moratín and painter Francisco de Goya. Goya in fact painted The Spell, which now hangs in the Lázaro Galdiano Museum, to decorate El Capricho Palace. Boasting a wealth of botanical treasures and wonderful sculptures, the park is home to a mansion, a bandstand, a labyrinth and a small lake.

After the death of the Duchess, the park slowly fell into neglect and disrepair until 1974 when Madrid City Council acquired it restored it to its former glory. The works were finished in 1999 and the park was reopened to the public.

The gardens covering 17 hectares and designed by Jean Baptiste Mulot, who also worked on the Petit Trianon in Versaille, are devided into three sections: the parterre (French garden), the English landscape garden and the giardino all’italiana (Italian garden).

How to get to the park from El Capricho metro stop:

Trayecto andando de la estación de Metro de El Capricho al Parque de El Capricho

Visit the bunker at El Capricho Park 

Another gem found in the park is a bunker from the Spanish Civil War, which served as the headquarters of the Republican Army of the Central Region. This 2000m2 shelter lies 15 metres under ground and was able to protect soldiers from bombs weiging up to 100kg. Built in 1937, this site was chosen because it was far away from the frontline, had excellent communication infrastructures and was surrounded by trees and bushes that meant it was well hidden.

The shelter has seven rectangular rooms (four to the right and three to the left), four exits to the park and a gallery reaching the street that runs across the basement of the Duques de Osuna Palace.

The Directorate General of Intervention Urban Landscape and the Cultural Heritage Department of Madrid City Council offers free 30-minute guided tours (20 people per group) on Saturdays and Sundays, prior reservation required on the official reservations website.

Parque de El Capricho
El capricho
Palacio de El Capricho
Parque de El Capricho
Búnker Parque de El Capricho

Free car parking

Botanical trail

Guided tours


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de la Alameda de Osuna, 25
Tourist area: 
Aeropuerto / Feria de Madrid
Opening Times: 

Only open on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

October-March: Sat, Sun and hols: 9am-6.30pm
April-September: Sat, Sun and hols: 9am-9pm.

For guided tours of the bunker to the official website.


Tipo información turística: 
(+34) 91 588 01 14
El Capricho (L5)
101, 105, 151

Free. Maximum capacity: 1,000 people.

- Entry with animals, even on a leash, is not permitted. 

- Entry with bicycles or skates is not permitted

- Ball games are not permitted

- Eating is not permitted

The Madrid City Council's General Direction Of Intervention In The Urban landscape and cultural heritage offers free guided tours of the bunker through its official reserve website,, at different times of the year.

-  Free guided tours of the Bunker, with prior reservation