​In the 21st century, the preservation of the environment and the cohabitation of man and nature are major concerns. From time immemorial, humans have sought to come together and that is why they have begun to build ever more comfortable buildings. For some time now, nature and vegetation have been put back in the spotlight, in cities, thanks to innovative urban projects. Today we invite you to discover the vertical gardens in Barcelona and Madrid, which are as useful as beautiful! ​
There is nothing better to admire all their beauty than travelling on board the Renfe-SNCF High Speed Trains in Cooperation, the most pleasant, comfortable and ecological way to travel between France and Spain.

Why create vertical gardens?

​Vertical gardens are impressive and allow city dwellers to be surrounded by vegetation while enjoying the benefits of the city, it's a fact, but these gardens also have sometimes many unsuspected advantages such as the absorption of the sun's energy, which helps to regulate city temperatures through evapotranspiration. The numerous plants present in the vertical gardens also help to promote biodiversity, improve air quality by reducing the number of particles present in the air and also reduce traffic noise levels by 10 Db. For all these reasons vertical gardens have positive consequences on the physical and mental health of city dwellers; one more reason to enjoy urban tourism and also to observe these walls of greenery during your stay in Spain!

In Barcelona…

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Make sure to take your time on the 45m2 vegetal wall of the Plaza del Pedró in the Raval district. The latter is impressive not only because of its size, but also because of its operation, since it is completely self-sufficient in water and energy. In addition, the plants and materials used for its construction were chosen to visually integrate with the brick facade of the architectural ensemble and the neighbourhood.
The Edificio Planeta is a spectacular building that was also the first hanging garden in the city. Created in 1978 on Avenida Diagonal, it is an example of the greening of buildings.

In Madrid...

The Cristal Tower in Madrid is a famous skyscraper, but it is also one of the four towers with a vertical garden of more than 40 meters and originates at more than 200 meters high. Designed by the architect César Pelli, the tower has since 2008 housed a vegetal wall created by the botanist Patrick Blanc.

A beautiful botanical work in the heart of Madrid

The vegetal wall of the Caixa Forum, with its more than 15,000 plants, 205 of which are different species, is an obligatory stop, since its 24 meters high, fully vegetalized, invite you to laze for a few minutes before setting off again into the lively streets of the city.

Since 2018, you can also observe a beautiful green wall in the Calle de la Montera. It is in fact the entire corner of the facade which, during the renovation of the building, was adorned with a vertical garden of more than 200 m². More than 8,000 plants, including 22 different species, make up the garden.

For a break in a vegetarian restaurant​, head to the Bálamo restaurant in Alcorcón, just a few kilometers from Madrid. This is a refined seafood restaurant with the largest green wall in Europe.

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