Parque del Buen Retiro, Madrid

Parque del Buen Retiro, Madrid (must see)

If you want to mix history with greenery and entertainment, you really should take your picnic lunch and spend the day in the Buen Retiro Park, not far from the Museo del Prado, because here you will find something to keep everyone happy.

First of all, there are the park's lovely gardens, including the Rosaleda Rose Garden where you can see the Fountain of the Fallen Angel, the only statue in Madrid that represents Satan. The gardens were once part of the Buen Retiro Palace and were opened to the public in the 19th century.

In front of an equestrian monument to King Alfonso XII is a huge artificial pond, the Estanque del Retiro to the North of the park. In March 2005 King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia inaugurated the Bosque del Recuerdo in memory of the 191 victims of the terrorist attack of 11 March 2004.

Other interesting features of the park are the buildings which hold temporary exhibitions: the Velazquez Palace, the Crystal Palace and the Cason del Buen Retiro which is the Study Centre of the Museo del Prado and has a wonderful 17th-century ceiling fresco depicting the Apotheosis of the Spanish Monarchy by Luca Giordano.

You will find plenty to entertain you in the park, as it is a favorite haunt of street musicians, fortune tellers, puppet shows and the Annual Book Fair takes place here. You can hire a rowing boat if you are feeling muscular – if not you can visit the park in a horse-drawn carriage.

Why You Should Visit:
This park is a work of art; a dedication to getting outside and enjoying the beauty of nature.
With more than 15,000 trees and lake on 1,4 km2, it is a must-see in the capital of Spain.

Tip:
Pack a picnic & drinks. The food is on the high end but there are plenty of spaces for you to sit and eat peacefully.
Note that food vendors have toilets for the public to use free of charge (bring toilet paper).

Opening Hours:
Daily: 6am-12am
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Parque del Buen Retiro on Map

Sight Name: Parque del Buen Retiro
Sight Location: Madrid, Spain
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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