Gardens are sanity providers for city dwellers. If I have said it once (like here and here), I will say it again. They give you a small break from the concrete worlds we have created (not that this is a bad thing). I am convinced city planners put these gardens evenly placed throughout to add some tranquility and a bit of connection with what should be our natural surroundings. I have been to many of Madrid’s parks and gardens for this reason. Here is a small preview of the botanical gardens located right next the the Prado Museum. If you are visiting for an extended period of time, stop by. Students get discounts too!