Buen Retiro Park Walking Tour, Madrid

El Parque del Buen Retiro is one of the main attractions of the city of Madrid. Known to the locals simply as "El Retiro," the park is a favorite place to spend weekends and summer days and was considered a Royal Park up until two centuries ago. Highlights of the park include several fountains, palaces, monuments and arranged gardens. Discover this historical site step by step in the next self-guided tour.
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Buen Retiro Park Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Buen Retiro Park Walking Tour
Guide Location: Spain » Madrid (See other walking tours in Madrid)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 14
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Author: emma
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Plaza de la Independencia

1) Plaza de la Independencia

The Plaza de la Independencia (Independence Square) is a central square in the Spanish capital Madrid. It sits at the intersection of Calle de Alcalá, Calle de Alfonso XII, Calle de Serrano, Calle de Salustiano Olozaga and the Paseo de Mexico that runs entirely in the Buen Retiro Park. Being centred with the 18th-century gate of Puerta de Alcalá, the Plaza de la Independencia is among the important symbols of the city of Madrid. The square was opened in 1778 during the reign of King Carlos...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Puerta de Alcalá

2) Puerta de Alcalá (must see)

The Puerta de Alcalá ("Alcalá Gate") is a Neo-classical monument in the Plaza de la Independencia in Madrid, Spain. It stands near the city center and several meters away from the main entrance to the Parque del Buen Retiro. The square is bisected by Alcalá street, although the street itself doesn't cross through the monument, and it is the origin of the Alfonso XII, Serrano and Olózaga streets. Its name originates from the old path from Madrid to the nearby town of Alcalá de...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Plaza de Nicaragua

3) Plaza de Nicaragua

Buen Retiro Park features several alleys and paths named for famous Latin locations, such as Plaza de Honduras and Plaza de Nicaragua. This square presents a beautiful fountain, Fuente de los Galápagos (Fountain of the Turtles), that was built in 1832 to celebrate the birth of Isabella II. The fountain depicts a column embraced by four children and dolphins, and at its lower level stand two frogs and two turtles, from which came the...   view more
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El Estanque

4) El Estanque

In the middle of the park lies a large artificial lake called El Estanque. Canoe rentals are provided so you can take a boat ride and relax while enjoying the surrounding views of fountains and monuments, including the Monument of the King Alfonso XII located on the other side of the...   view more
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Paseo de las Estatuas

5) Paseo de las Estatuas

The Paseo de Argentina in Buen Retiro Park is popularly known as the Paseo de las Estatuas (Alley of Statues). It features a double array of sculptures, representing several monarchs, that were constructed during the reign of Ferdinand VI. The statues were initially designed to decorate the Royal Palace, but over time have become spread all over the capital, including this park and some...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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El Parterre

6) El Parterre

The area known as El Parterre (Plaza del Parterre) is a newer garden that was designed during the reign of Philip V (1700-1746). There you can see 18th century French style gardens, featuring a rare and wide variety of tree species. It is a favorite place for photographers to use as a background and for locals to take...   view more
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Fuente de la Alcachofa

7) Fuente de la Alcachofa

Fuente de la Alcachofa is a baroque style fountain that was designed in the 18th century by a famous Spanish architect. It consists of a column embraced at its lower level by two Tritons holding the shield of Madrid and at its highest level by children sustaining a circular basin. The fountain is made mostly of limestone and granite. Another identical monument can be found in the city of Madrid on Plaza del Emperador Carlos...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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The Fallen Angel

8) The Fallen Angel

Located on Avenida de Cuba in El Retiro is the exclusive Fountain of the Fallen Angel. It is the only statue in the world depicting Lucifer, the fallen angel that is frequently interpreted as Satan. Ricardo Bellver, the statue's creator, obtained the First Medal at the National Fine Arts Exhibition for his creation. After some time, the Prado Museum installed the masterpiece in a square in Buen Retiro Park. It is considered a select art work, expressing great dramatism and...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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La Rosaleda

9) La Rosaleda

La Rosaleda is a lovely rose garden in the south of the Buen Retiro Park on Paseo de Uruguay. Established in 1915, it was designed after the 'Rosaleda de Bagatelle' garden in Paris and emphasizes a wide variety of roses brought from the most famous gardens in Europe. This area of the park is regularly maintained and manicured to keep up its romantic...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Palacio de Cristal

10) Palacio de Cristal (must see)

When you are in Madrid, don’t miss a visit to the Palacio de Cristal, which you will find in the Buen Retiro Park, the city's most popular park.

The Crystal Palace was closely modeled on the building of the same name in London. It was constructed by the architect Ricardo Velazquez Bosco in 1887. The structure, mostly of glass set in an iron framework on a brick base, is in the form of the Greek cross. It is two-tiered and has a large central dome.

The palace was built to hold an...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Palacio de Velázquez

11) Palacio de Velázquez

In Madrid there are many “palaces” and the most beautiful is undoubtedly the Palacio de Velazquez situated in Buen Retiro Park.

This graceful building was constructed in 1883 by Ricardo Velazquez Bosco, with the collaboration of the engineer Alberto del Palacio and the ceramist Daniel Zuloago. The structure is of two-tone brick with a delicate frieze of ceramic around the building and arches. Ricardo was inspired by a visit to the Crystal Palace in London and the roof of his palace is a...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Jardines de Cecilio Rodriguez

12) Jardines de Cecilio Rodriguez

Buen Retiro Park boasts many historic gardens and well-preserved natural areas, but there is also a new addition known as the Gardens of Cecilio Rodriguez. This area, named after the famous Spanish gardner Rodriguez, is situated on the eastern part of the Buen Retiro Park, and adds a bit of modern flair with its newer sculptures, fountains and...   view more
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Monument of Alfonso XII

13) Monument of Alfonso XII

The Monument to King Alfonso XII (Spanish: Monumento a Alfonso XII) is located in Buen Retiro Park (El Retiro), Madrid. The monument is situated on the east edge of an artificial lake near the center of the park. In 1902, a national contest was held to design a monument for King Alfonso XII at the initiative of the Queen Mother Maria Christina of Austria. The winner was the architect José Grases Riera, whose design consisted of a grand colonnade alongside a pond in El Retiro, with several...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Casita Del Pescador

14) Casita Del Pescador

Casita del Pescador is a small cottage surrounded by water and greenery. It stands on a small island in the middle of an artificial pond and was built by King Ferdinand VII as part of a private garden. It can be found in the northeast corner of the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Madrid, Spain

Create Your Own Walk in Madrid

Create Your Own Walk in Madrid

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Museums Walking Tour

Museums Walking Tour

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Gran Via and Sol Walking Tour

Gran Via and Sol Walking Tour

Madrid is a vibrant metropolis full of taste, vigor, and wealth. This walk takes to two of the city's most prominent areas - Gran Vía and Sol – with the latter being Madrid's epicenter and a meeting place for locals and tourists alike. Gran Via ("Great Way") is a high-end thoroughfare in the heart of the capital, nicknamed Spanish Broadway for its numerous world-class shops and nightlife entertainment. To discover Madrid that never sleeps, take this walk and enjoy yourself.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Hemingway's Walking Tour

Hemingway's Walking Tour

There have been many writers who express a love for Madrid, but one who did so quite famously was Ernest Hemingway. During his life, Hemingway was a frequent visitor of Madrid, finding in it his muse, popular success and critical acclaim. Don Ernesto, as he was called in Spain, was a frequent visitor to specific sites in Madrid that became major tourist attractions. The majority of those sites are described in the next walking tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Nightlife Tour

Nightlife Tour

Citizens of Madrid are famous for being dynamic and very outgoing. Living in one of the liveliest cities in Europe, locals enjoy the nightlife, when Madrid transforms into an array of colors and music. Check out the most popular nightlife spots in Madrid in the next self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Retiro Walking Tour

Retiro Walking Tour

Located in the southeastern part of central Madrid, Retiro district is a major area renowned primarily for the presence of the El Retiro Park, nicknamed “the lungs of Madrid”, as well as for its closeness to the Puerta de Alcalá and the world-famous Prado Museum. Together with Paseo del Prado, Retiro Park has added character to the area of Los Jerónimos, while the rest of the District is shaped by the Atocha Railway Station. No trip to Madrid is complete without a walk through the Retiro district.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Salamanca Walking Tour

Salamanca Walking Tour

The Spanish capital is a vibrant metropolis made up of 21 districts. This walk brings you to and around one of them - Salamanca - one of the wealthiest and most expensive areas of Madrid, home to many foreign embassies and upscale venues. To see what else makes Salamanca a famous destination, take this walk and find out.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km

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