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Furencarral-El Pardo Guide: Spend Less, Do More

Welcome To Furencarral-El Pardo

Located north of Madrid’s city centre, the Furencarral-El Pardo district is traditionally known for once being a Royal hunting ground as was consistent with the preferred pastime of the nobility that once resided in the area. In particular, Fuencarral-El Pardo was once the home of the dictator Franco and as such this area is most known for the magnificent Royal Palace and its surrounding lavish gardens reflective of the neoclassical era.

Explore some of the beautiful parks in this district

The expansive Casa de Campo is one of the largest public parks in Madrid and it boasts hills, streams and even a lake suitable for boating. Spend the day relaxing in the sun or embark on one of the many hiking trails in this area. If that sounds a little too energetic you can opt for a Segway tour of the park instead, or if you are feeling active you can even join a mountain biking tour to make the most of your visit, especially if your time in Fuencarral-El Pardo is limited. It’s a five hour day trip and includes all necessary equipment. A pick-up service is available. And even though the natural beauty of Fuencarral-el Pardo is perhaps its biggest drawcard, there is much more to see and do in this region.

Take a structured walking tour at your own pace

For an even more in depth exploration into the history and legends of this region, why not download an App which will enable you to listen to a customized audio or video walking tour, while being informed about significant details and sites to see to gain a complete understanding of the area by local knowledgeable tour guides. Once downloaded, you can listen or watch offline, making this a convenient way to navigate the area in a personalised experience.

Explore the area’s architecture

This district is the location of the 15th century former palace of the notorious dictator Generalissimo Francisco Franco. Known as the Royal Palace of El Pardo and set on over 15,000 hectares of woodland, the building is now owned by the Spanish state and is sometimes used as a temporary residence for foreign heads of state. The palace is open to the public on other occasions and is well worth a visit to view its magnificent structure, expansive gardens and impressive interior.

Looking for somewhere to eat?

One of the most popular restaurants in this district is Restaurante Filandon. It offers primarily seafood cuisine and is highly regarded for its high level service and upmarket, sophisticated atmosphere. Or for authentic and reliable Spanish cuisine try El Meson de Fuencarral with its friendly outdoor terrace and rustic appeal. Or for a memorable experience, engage in a traditional Spanish cooking class. Gourmet Madrid hosts private cooking classes where you be instructed how to prepare traditional or modern Spanish cuisine. There are a range of tours offered, so check the website to choose a class that suits your tastes.

Your Cheaperthanhotels Team

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