Parque del Retiro is a peaceful urban park centered around a beautiful lake. It is one of the largest parks of the city of Madrid, Spain.
EL RETIRO PARK
The park also offers cultural, leisure, and sport activities to all people, those from Madrid and those visiting. Among its architectural, historical, and popular elements are the lake for rowing, and the Velázquez and Glass palaces, both used today as exhibition halls. It is also ideal if you are traveling with children. Almost every Saturday and Sunday the puppet theatre offers great shows for kids.
WHAT TO SEE
Estanque (Lake): The gardens house a large artificial lake where many locals and tourists rent rowboats to explore the “Estanque”.
Monument to King Alfonso XII: This impressive and enormous monument is located on the edge of the artificial lake. On Sundays, musicians normally gather near this landmark to play various instruments, including the timbales.
Palacio de Cristal (Crystal Palace): Built in 1887 with a small artificial lake, full of small tortoises, the Crystal Palace houses numerous contemporary exhibitions.
Palacio de Velázquez (Velázquez Palace): Located very near the Palacio de Cristal, this arts gallery always features temporary art exhibitions and is free to visit.
Paseo de la Argentina: Also known as the Paseo de las Estatuas (Statue Promenade in English) is a broad promenade with two lines of statues dedicated to Spain’s monarchs.
Metro: Retiro, line 2.
Bus: 1, 2, 15, 19, 20, 26, 28, 51, 52, 61, 63, 68, 74 and 146.
Spring - Summer: April to September 6.00am - 12.00am Autumn - Winter: October to March 6.00am - 10.00pm