So secret is this landmark that not even all Madrileños know it is here... so let us enlighten you to the hidden gem that is La Quinta de los Molinos...
This beautiful park is set in just over 21 acres in the El Salvador district of the city. You will find yourself in an oasis of olive, pine and eucalyptus trees, however if you are fortunate enough to be in the city of Madrid in spring the attraction is the abundance of almond trees. As you walk through the park the heady scent of their blossoms will make it hard for you to leave, if you can imagine the scent of 1500 almond trees in blossom it is very seductive. The gardens once owned by Arias Ildefonso Pérez de Guzmán El Bueno y Gordon the VI Conde de Torre Arias - the 6th Count of Torre Arias are tranquil and the perfect place to while away an afternoon any time of the year.
The Count sold the gardens to the architect César Cort Boti in 1920 but upon his death in 1978 the gardens had become unkept however still very desirable. After the death of César Cort Botí, his family in an agreement with the city of Madrid sold 21 acres of the estate to be used as a public park and in 1997 La Quinta de los Molinos was declared a Historic Park of Cultural Significance. César Cort Boti had built his home in the park, it was he who planted the orchards of Almond trees, designed and built a pink Mansion to match the colour of the blossoms. As you see the park today you see and experience his vision. There are even two water mills from the United States bought by César in 1920 in order to irrigate the trees in the park and so the estate was named La Quinta de los Molinos, The Fifth of Those Mills.
In his ideal to bring a Mediterranean homestead to Madrid César created his dream farm, there is a brook, a 2,000 square metre pond, decorative fountains, even a grotto and there are several buildings on the estate including the Clock House and the Palace.
His vision became a reality that we can only imagine was above and beyond his dream. César created a lasting legacy that is now shared with everyone. All who visit become enchanted by this haven that César Cort Boti and his family called home. How lucky they were to have such a visionary man to have built such a home and how lucky are we that his legacy is there for us all to experience. Take time to visit La Quinta de los Molinos next time you are in Madrid you will not be disappointed...
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