El Retiro Park

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The Buen Retiro Park, Retiro Park, or El Retiro is one of Madrid's largest parks in Spain. It is regarded as the green lungs of Madrid in the heart of the city. It is close to the Cibeles fountain and Atocha station.

In the late 19th century, access was granted to the masses as a public park. Earlier, it was a retreat for the Spanish royal family. Many monuments and statues serve as significant historical and artistic milestones in Spanish history. This green oasis in Madrid covers over 125 hectares and comprises more than 15000 trees.

Monuments and gardens include the Jardín de Vivaces, the Jardines de Cecilio Rodríguez (Andalusian-inspired classicistic gardens), the Jardines del Arquitecto Herrero Palacios, the Rosaleda rose garden and the Parterre Francés.Parterre Frances has a 400 years old Mexican conifer, which is considered the oldest tree in Madrid.


Things to See

The lake

The statues of Alfonso XII and massive columns look beautiful around sunset. You can paddle around this artificial lake in a rowboat and get a chance to feed the giant grouper fish in the pond.

Casita del Pescador

This house looks like a doll's house. It is close to one of the lesser-used entrances in a relatively secluded area of the park. You can explore a little waterfall next to a hill around the house.

Palacio de Cristal

The Crystal Palace is an iconic building in Madrid. You will see the sunlight streaming in through glass panes. You will see the art exhibitions that are changed out periodically. A small lake surrounds the building. Ducks, frogs, and terrapins live here together.

Jardines de Cecilio Rodríguez

Peacocks are the main attraction of these enclosed garden. Just follow the peacocks through the quaint ponds, trees, and the maze-like bushes in this park.

La Rosaleda

May is the appropriate time to visit the circular rose gardens of Retiro Park,  La Rosaleda. You will see 4000 blooming flowers in various sizes, shapes, and colors. Picturesque fountains, archway trellises, ivy, and roses will make your experience complete.

Paseo de la Argentina

Paseo de la Argentina or Paseo de las Estatuas(Statue Walk) is your chance to stroll and learn about Spain’s royal history with 18th-century statues of past royalty.



  • Sunday : 06:00 am to 10:00 pm
  • Sunday : 06:00 am to 10:00 pm
  • Sunday : 06:00 am to 10:00 pm
  • Sunday : 06:00 am to 10:00 pm
  • Sunday : 06:00 am to 10:00 pm
  • Sunday : 06:00 am to 10:00 pm
  • Sunday : 06:00 am to 10:00 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.


How to Reach

  • Metro : Board a metro and get off at Retiro stop on the number 2 line (Redline). Follow pictograms to the park from within the station. You will reach the park's fences across the large Calle de Alcala. Once you get to the gigantic stone archway, Puerta de Alcala, you will find Retiro’s main gate across the road. There are other entrances, too, along its entire periphery. Atocha, Ibiza, and Principe de Vergara are other stops that will bring you close to other parts of Retiro Park. Line 2 Subway 17 minutes
  • Bus : The line 146 bus takes 28 minutes.
  • Taxi : You can hire a taxi to reach the park in minutes.


Ticket Pricing

  • Guided tour : $14(1032.31 INR) In guided visits, guides narrate the history of this iconic park and show visitors its many attractions. Madrid City Council conducts these visits on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 5 pm from May to October. The tour may take 1 hour and 30 minutes. The expert guide speaks English and Spanish. Retiro Park skip-the-line tickets and tour with an expert guide
  • Free Entry : Except for guided visits, the park allows free entry to all visitors.

Things to Do

Guided visits to the Parque del Retiro.

Guided visits narrate the history of this iconic park and show visitors its many attractions. Madrid City Council conducts these visits on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 5 pm from May to October.

Rowing boat

Go to the jetty on Paseo de Colombia, hire Rowing boats, and practice your oar strokes.

Take a rollerblading class

Some of the companies like Roller Madrid give a class on rollerblading to enthusiasts inside El Retiro. You can also hire rollerblades or helmet to put your skates on and play in a natural setting.

Discover the park’s street artists

While wandering through the park, you will come across and amaze by the talents of street artists. The Parque del Retiro pulls an abundance of street artists who juggle, do magic tricks, play harp or violin, and become gravity-defying statues. Some of them are excellent caricaturists.

Attend a concert at the Templete de la Música.

“Bandas al fresco” season is your chance to enjoy free concerts by music groups from across Spain at this unique bandstand close to the O'Donnell entrance. It shows by the Banda Sinfónica Municipal de Madrid [Municipal Symphonic Band of Madrid].

Watch a puppet show

You can watch puppet shows and storytellers at the Teatro de Títeres del Retiro [Puppet Theatre] every Saturday and Sunday. It would delight both adults and children. 

Enjoy one of its terraces

You can have a drink in a beautiful setting on terraces and take a break to see the world around you.

Outdoor yoga

You can pay a token price and attend outdoor classes to learn yoga, tai chi, reiki, or pilates. You can cap off your day meditating under the shade of El Retiro’s trees.

Lie on the grass

Stretch out on the grass, do some somersaults, or relax in the park to draw out your fun-loving side.



El Retiro Park, Plaza de la Independencia, Madrid, Spain

Rating & Reviews

Based on 121195 reviews
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Maksim Shymanovich
Maksim Shymanovich
09/07/2020 06:36
A must when passing by one, in my opinion, of the most architecturally impressive and clean cities in Europe - Madrid!
Bala Zenone
Bala Zenone
09/07/2020 01:29
Beautiful walks around the big pond and gardens, great views and a great place to exercise as well, perfect for a day out with the kids and also to enjoy a walk or simply to seat down in the grass and enjoy a book, very centric, free entry and some performers around the park, a must visit if you are in Madrid, lots of koi fish to feed also, and you can get a small boat to enjoy the pond.
Asad Chaudary
Asad Chaudary
09/10/2020 00:57
This park reminded me of the parks in London. Very nice to come here for a run, walk or even rent a boating.
alexander davidovitch
alexander davidovitch
09/04/2020 17:33
Very nice and romantic place. You can find the shadow under the trees or enjoy Fontaine in front of the park.
Camilo Vargas
Camilo Vargas
09/07/2020 00:02
The park is really... Really big, perfect for a long walk, jogging, to hang out with sb else or on your own. Highly recommended.

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