Buen Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro)
Madrid • Spain

From: Madrid Travel Guide

See also: Royal PalaceGolden Triangle Of ArtPuerta del SolMadrid Festivals and Events

Buen Retiro Park
This vast public park used to belong to the Spanish Monarchy and fetaures beautifully landscaped gardens, statues and parkland as well as the imprssive equestrian monument of King Alfono XII which is located next to the Retiro Pond.

The monumanet to King Alfonso XII sits on the edge of the main lake and is one of the highlihts of the park. The monument was designed by Jose Grases Riera and features a bronze equestrian statue of the king that is surrounded by many other statues including those of lions and mermaids, with the whole monument sitting infront of a semi circular row of colums that seen to enclose the ststue.

The park covers well over 300 acres and is very acceccible being close to the city centre and contains many other beautiful areas of interest including the neoclassical Palacio de Velazquez which was designed by architect Ricardo Velazquez Bosco in 1881 and regularily houses art collections and exhibitions, nearby another building that was designed by Ricardo Velazquez Bosco is the glass pavillion known as Palacio de Cristal which is situated close to the parks lake and was built in 1887 origonally as an elaborate greenhouse but that now houses art exhibits.

The park also features the Rosaleda rose garden and various fountains and statues, including the Paseo de la Argentina or Statue Walk as it is also called due to the area being lined with statues of Spanish Monarchs that were origonally sculptured for the Royal Palace and that are now wonderfully positioned in a row set amongst beautifully landscaped gardens.

The park is located towards the edge of the city, around a mile from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Of Art and Museo del Prado and about 2 miles east of the Royal Palace. The entrance to the park is also located close to the Puerta de Alcala Monument in Independence Square.

Travel Guide
The Parque del Retiro can be reached by bus (2, 20 and 28) to Alcala - Lagasca, taxis or by Subway (Line 2) to Retiro Station which is at the northern edge of the park.