One of the must-see attractions in Madrid is the stunning Buen Retiro Park, the ‘Park of the Pleasant Retreat’. With monuments, fountains, lakes, exhibitions and gardens to explore, it makes a perfect day out. And the sophisticated Radisson Blu Madrid Prado is just minutes away from this top Madrid attraction. See below for our guide on visiting the park.
1. Stroll Like Royalty
Buen Retiro Park (El Retiro) belonged to the Spanish monarchy until it was opened to the public in 1767. When you walk around the elegant boulevards, past ponds and fountains, among trees, statues and flowers, you can’t help imagining what it was like it days gone by.
2. Go Boating on the Great Lake
Head to the jetty at the great lake in Buen Retiro Park, known as Retiro Pond. Here you can hire a rowing boat and take in the sights around the water, like the incredible monument dedicated to Alfonso XII.
3. See the Palacio de Cristal
Originally built in 1887, the Palacio de Cristal (Crystal Palace) is a beautiful metal and glass building in which you can see a changing calendar of fantastic art exhibitions. It is one of the most Instagrammable spots in Madrid along with these other great locations!
4. Find the Fallen Angel
El Retiro Park is filled with fountains for visitors to admire, from the frogs and turtles of the Galápagos fountain, to the Sphinxes of the Egyptian Fountain. The most famous fountain in El Retiro is the Sculpture of the Fallen Angel, located near the Rose Gardens. Thought to be the only sculpture of Satan in the world, it shows Lucifer’s expulsion and is surrounded by a fountain of demonic heads.
If you are a fitness fan, then slip on your running shoes and head to Buen Retiro Park for a run to remember. The wide, dusty paths are perfect for jogging, and you can make a loop of the park to take in the amazing sights.
6. Admire French Gardens
The charming Parterre Gardens in El Retiro are a nod to French grounds. They were commissioned by Felipe IV and are open in design, with hedges, flowerbeds, manicured grass and a sweeping entrance to the park.
7. Hear a Band
As soon as the weather starts to warm up, there are regular open air concerts. Take a picnic and make your way to the bandstand near Retiro Pond on a Sunday to relax with some free tunes from fine Madrid musicians.
8. Visit Palacio de Velázquez
Beautiful Palacio de Velázquez was built around 1883 and is now a popular venue for contemporary art exhibitions from the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.
9. Smell The Roses
The Rose Gardens in Buen Retiro Park were designed in 1915 by the Chief Gardener of the time, Cecilo Rodriguez. It makes a beautifully scented place for an elegant walk, as you take in more than 4,000 stems.
10. Take A Tour
You'll find the information office at the north of El Retiro. Book a place on a free guided tour of the flora, fauna, architecture and rich history of Buen Retiro Park. The plus? The park is free to enter!
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