Retiro Park, Madrid
Parque de Retiro has always been a favorite spot of mine in Madrid. Its location and look are both fabulous. Without having to travel far out of town, you can escape the city in this gorgeous park which, I'm happy to report, is still meticulously maintained.
I have so many memories of having spent time in the various sections of this park. I was so happy to be here once again on a brilliantly sunny day. It's truly a beautiful and wonderful place.
It was a holiday when we were in Madrid, and nothing much was open. So after we spent some time at the Prado, we went to the Retiro Park and my sister fed her child lunch there.
I identified one other picture that I took in the park (photo 2) - a picture of the Statue of the Fallen Angel Lucifer who has been thrown out of heaven and must suffer pigeon droppings for eternity. It is claimed that this statue is the only known public monument of the devil. Apparently I didn't remember or didn't know what the statue was of because I labeled it "Statue with Pigs"
Park is located east of city center, close to Prado Museum. Its main entrance is near the Alcala Gate, at the Plaza Idependence. It is Madrid's most popular park and favorite place for families, street musicians, painters,street performers...The park is created as a royal park. Close to northern entrance of park is beautiful lake. You can rent a rowing boat if you like. There you can see a large monument with statue of King Alfonso XII. In the park there are lot of fountains, Rose Garden, Palacio de Cristal and Museo del Ejercito.
In the CTBA business park, in the north end of Paseo de la Castellana stands 4 very modern structures including the highest structure in Spain – The Torre Caja Madrid which stands at 250 metres high. Prior to 2007 the Torre Picasso was the highest standing at 157 metres. The other buildings alongside are the Torre de Cristal at 249m, the Torre Sacry Vallehermoso at 236m and the Torre Espacio at 224m.
Retiro park is right in the center of the city and the place where the inhabitants of Madrid go to relax and to breathe.
It´s a huge park where you can just relax on the grass or on the many benches or take a boat on the lake, sit in a cafe plus many other things.
It´s the perfect place to go when you think that it is all getting a bit too stressed and you need to relax.
This park in the center of Madrid is the perfect place to rest after visiting any museum. Its name is Los Jardines del Buen Retiro.
The origin dates back to 1630, when the royal favourite and minister Conde-Duque de Olivares gave the monarch Felipe IV some land near San Jerónimo monastery, by then in the limits of the city. The Buen Retiro palace was built for the retreat (retiro) of the king.
The king Carlos III was the first to allow the people to enter in the park, on condition that they were properly clean and dressed.
The park occupies 118 ha and offers different environments.
The most representative image is the Estanque Grande (great pond) with the monument to Alfonso XII is on the shore.
A smaller pond is in front of the Palacio de Cristal (Crystal Palace), which was built in 1887 for the exposition of the Philippine islands. Constructed with steel structure and glass, its purpose was to keep exotic plants. Today it houses temporary art exhibitions.
La rosaleda (the rose garden) was made in 1915, following a general tendency in European gardens. Different varieties from all over Europe were planted.
Other sights are the Paseo de las Estatuas, flanked by statues of Spanish monarchs; the Fuente de la Alcachofa (artichoke fountain), designed by Ventura Rodríguez (as well as Neptuno fountain in Paseo del Prado); the Fuente del Ángel Caído, with a bronze statue inspired in Paradise Lost by Milton; Kiosco de música, Fuente de los Galápagos, Casa de Vacas, Casita del Pescador, Casa de Fieras…
The Royal Botanic Garden is in the Retiro Park.
El Bosque de los Ausentes (the Forest of the Departed) is a memorial to the victims of the attack that Madrid suffered on March 11, 2004. 192 people were killed as a result of a terrorist attack. God rest their souls.
Reminds me of Central Park, maybe smaller. No doubt , it is one of the best known parks in Madrid. it is located at the Jeronimo's District occupying 120 hectares. Originally, it is the Palace Buen Retiro Gardens which was opened to the public after a decree of the First Spanish Republic in 1868. The park was once where Felipe 1V's royal palce stood. The remains are in Cason del Buen Retiro and in the Spain's Army Museum. The parks garden welcomes every visitor to a change of pace and a pleasant stay .Here you'll see foreign visitors and the locals with families and frineds lingering around , enjoying under the shady trees, boating or having refrescos at the man-made lake.
Retiro is Madrid's main park where you find sculptures, gardens and meters and meters of fresh air!.
The Royal family use to go there to spend a relaxing days but now it is the most popular place to scape from the noisy and crowded city both by locals and tourists. It has an artificial lake where you find the monument to Alfonso XII which is very worthwhile to see. Retiro was very near from my hotel so I could go several times but the day with more activity is Sunday, there are performances, vendors and different activities for all the family. During May to October, the Banda Sinfonica de Madrid performes for free on Sundays. I also saw many people running and excercising even at night!
- Main: El Angel Caido (the Fallen Angel). As far as I know, this is the only monument in the world dedicated to the Devil (the Fallen Angel).
- 2nd: Fray Pedro Ponce de León (1.520-1.584): He invented a method to teach dumb and deaf people to speak, read and write.
- 3rd: Serafín (1.871-1.938) and Joaquín Alvarez Quintero (1.873-1.944): Famous spanish writers.
- 4th: Ruperto Chapí (1.851-1.909): Famous "zarzuela" composer. Zarzuela is a very popular spanish mu¡sic that combines music and theatre.
- 5th: Jacinto Benavente (1.866)-(1.954): Famous spanish playwright.
Our friends insisted that we must come and see the park with them. It is huge and very green in the centre of Madrid. We were there on a Tuesday and even then it was very busy. Apparently it is even more popular on Sundays as there are street performers, lovers take to the boats across the lake. there is impromptu drum and dance parties.
This park was once the private preserve of Kings and Queens. The lake is watched over by the ornamental Monumento de Alfonso XII on the east side, with marble lions. This is just one of the architectural showpieces left by Royalty. There is a lot to see in the park, so I would take your time. We sadly didn't.
We did see the statue of El Angel Caido (The Fallen Angel) which is one of the few statues to the devil anywhere in the world. This can be found near to the La Rosaleda (Rose Gardens) at the southern end of the park.
6am to midnight May-September 6am to 10pm October-April Free Entry
Retiro is a great park in the heart of the city! It’s always a big relaxation opportunity when I’m tired from the busy streets of Madrid. You can stroll around the paths or just rest on the grass under the blue sky. There are some cafes inside but the park is great for picnic. I noticed too many statues in the park, some of them are very nice like the one of the fallen angel.
Of course, don’t miss the Crystal Palace and the great big lake in front of it. Some times there are exhibitions inside the palace but the best thing you can do here is rent a boat and chase the swans! :)
There are several parks in Madrid, but none are as famous or beloved as El Retiro. This park covers about 350 acres, and offers a nice mix of gardens, natural areas, monuments, and arts. Originally, the park surrounded a royal palace, a bit like the gardens at Versailles. However, the palace no longer exists, and the park has now become one of the city's most popular attractions, both for tourists and locals. While it is pleasant to get lost in the park's several trails, most of the action is usually concentrated around the large pond and monument to Alfonso XII. On more than one occasion I found myself drawn to one of the park's sunny patios towards the end of the afternoon to enjoy a glass of wine or beer to the sound of djembes and saxophones, watching people jog by or row around the pond. A nice, green refuge away from the city's noises and crowds.
This park is made for the retired Madrid people (Madrisians?) It has an enormous pond in the center, where the focal point is an enormous monument. Impressive.
Take a stroll all around. There is some really cool monuments to the African and Asian conquests.
See the picture of the statue of the Fallen Angel. (The only one in the world folks)
Situated amidst a boating lake in Reitro Park is the monument to Alfonso XII. The picturesque scene, with the majesty of the equestrian king surrounded by a semi-circle of columns, offers wonderful photo ops.
Can be quite touristy so I recommend visiting the site early in the morning like I did to capture the pacific atmosphere the royalty experienced.
The following link is for all you history buffs.
I visited Retiro Park early on a Saturday morning so other than a few morning joggers, the atmosphere was peaceful. Once a garden for Royalty, this allowed me to fully absorb it as the royalty had.
Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy your stroll.