Retiro Park, Madrid
Retiro was built for one of the Spanish Kings but was then opened to the public in the 1800's. The central focus of the park is the lake that contains the monument to Alfonso XII.
This is a great place just to take a break. Snooze on the grass. Picnic and people watch. Lots of trees and lanes to wander.
They said this sculpture/fountain, made by Ricardo Beliver and unveiled in 1878, is the only public monument of Lucifer or "the Fallen Angel" (El Angel Caido) in the whole world.
There is nothing tired about this park!!! Bongo's, people just hanging out, short lines for bathrooms.
Its a melting pot!!!!!
Spend an amazing afternoon in this park.
Fontains in all Madrid...
This is in Retiro Park, close to the pond...one sunny afternoon in February.
Retiro Park is the main park in Madrid.
It is full of familes, tourists and street entertainers.
The central focus of the park is a lake where you can go boating.
Retiro Park is a cool Urban Oasis in Madrid. A great place to kick back, read a book, pack a picnic and people watch. A great way to spend a summer Sunday afternoon like the locals do :-)
The Crystal Palace is very light, and this open stair with its columns and ionic capitals is a airy but monumental sight.
especially on sundays when a big group gathers and play drums. it is extremely unique. retiro has many activities going on and to me will always be a special place.
All was silent except for the rustling of leaves as I walked down another path, not sure of what direction I was now going...
Walking through a gate and getting lost on a path is a such a treat in the middle of a city, and this park was even more lush and deserted than I could have imagined.
While wondering in Retiro parque we found this very nice palace, made of glass and steel in 1886. When we were there we couldn't enter, but there isn't much to see on the inside.
...the lovely Crystal Palace, deep in the heart of Retiro Park. On a bright, sunny, clear autumn afternoon, things couldn't have been more perfect. Almost. ;-}
It's a huge park just in the middle of the city. You can come here for a walk, sit in the shadow, or rent a paddle boat on the little pond.
The place is huge with many gardens. Coming and walking under the shadows of the trees is wonderful, especially in those hot summer days.