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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.