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Friday, March 14, 2014

Find Nature in the Middle of Madrid - El Olivar de Castillejo

Path towards the house surrounded by olive trees
Path towards the house surrounded by olive trees
Madrid has it! incredible surprises when you least expect it. Wandering randomly throuhg Chamartin district,  I discovered an amazing place: Fundación Olivar de Castillejo. A true olive grove with more than 100 olive trees in a hectare of land, located in the middle, but really in the hub of town. Between streets Alberto Alcocer and Enri Dunant with entrance through Menendez Pidal 11. Amazing! A smaill uninviting door without signs or indications, go through it and get literally teletransported into the deep countryside, one of those Andalusian "ventas" dotted with olive trees, flowerbeds and small paths ....

A Sculpture in the Olivar de Castillejo
a perturbing culpture in the way... (Antonio Díaz García) 
It is the foundation Olivar de Castillejo, founded in 1985 by the four children of Joseph and Irene Claremont Castillejo. A family with a fascinating story, intelectuals, scientists, environmentalists and very international. They wanted to prioritize the promotion of culture and tradition, timeless, on the ephemeral greed of builders and brick.

Olivar de Castillejo by My Little Madrid

The main activity is cultural but you can also enjoy a nice walk, have a snack or dine under the olive trees in the moon light, with a slight background cooing that you would never identify with traffic noise of Alberto Alcocer street .

program of activities Olivar de Castillejo

They currently have a program of musical activities every morning on Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30 a.m., it is called : Mañanas en el Olivar. I recommend it !

11, Menéndez Pidal
28036 Madrid
www.fundacionolivardecastillejo.org

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Madrid tiene esas cosas, sorpresas cuando menos te lo esperas. Dando un paseo por el barrio de Chamartín, sin proponérmelo, he descubierto un sitio increíble: la Fundación Olivar de Castillejo. Un verdadero olivar con más de 100 olivos en una hectárea de terreno, en medio, pero verdaderamente en medio del casco urbano. Entre Alberto Alcocer y Enri Dunant con entrada por Menedez Pidal 11, increíble. Apenas se atraviesa una puertecilla nada invitante, sin carteles ni indicaciones, uno se teletransporta, literalmente, al campo profundo, a una de esas ventas andaluzas con olivos y parterres y caminitos de tierra prensada y piedrecillas….

a nice aperitivo under the olive trees
A nice aperitivo under the olive trees
Se trata de la fundación Olivar de Castillejo, constituida en 1985 por los cuatro hijos de José Castillejo e Irene Claremont. Una familia con historia fascinante; cultos, científicos, ecologistas y muy internacionales, que han querido primar el fomento de la cultura y la tradición, eternos, sobre la voracidad efímera de las constructoras y el ladrillo.

There are also Almond trees!
There are also Almond trees!
La actividad principal es cultural pero también se puede disfrutar de un agradable paseo, tomar un aperitivo bajo los olivos o cenar a la luz de la luna, con un leve arrullo de fondo que nunca identificaríamos con el tráfico de Alberto Alcocer. 
En la actualidad tienen un programa de actividades musicales, todas las mañanas de los sábados y domingos a als 12:30 h, lo llaman: Las mañanas del Olivar. Os lo recomiendo!

2 comments :

  1. I love this place too! It can be hired out for special events as well. Quite the most beautiful spot off the Alberto Alcocer.

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  2. You always find such beautiful places! Another spot I'll have to visit before I leave. Thanks!

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