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El Retiro (El Parque de Retiro)

Alongside games of football and couples in pedalos, the art galleries, buskers and 17th-century palace give El Retiro a different flavour to your average park.

El Retiro, or El Parque de Retiro, was once a place of retreat for the Spanish royal family who had a palace in its grounds. Although it was opened up to the public in the 1860s, many of the original features have been retained, making this a remarkable place to visit as a sightseer as well as a nice, quiet spot to relax in. There are all sorts of interesting sites dotted about the grounds here so you’re sure to find plenty to keep you occupied over its 140 hectares.

While some areas have been left relatively wild, others are managed and tended to. The Rosaleda del Retiro is a beautiful rose garden and offers a feast for the senses when the flowers are in bloom. The Forest of Remembrance is another landscaped part of El Retiro, and was established in memory of the victims of the 2004 terror attacks in Madrid.

A wonderful feature of this park is that you’re likely to come across some impressive statues and monuments unexpectedly. For instance, Paseo de la Argentina is adorned with a number of statues that once stood in the Royal Palace. There is also a striking monument to Alfonso XII right by Retiro Pond. The king sits on his horse in the middle of a semi-circular colonnade, accompanied to his left and right by allegorical statues. Even if you're wandering around aimlessly through El Retiro, it probably won't be long before you come up against a statue or a fountain or a well-tended garden.

You can also catch some art exhibitions at the Palacio de Velázquez or the Palacio de Cristal, both monuments to neoclassical architecture in themselves. The Casón del Buen Retiro is also an interesting building and one of the only remaining 17th-century structures in the park. Having served as a ballroom once upon a time, it is now home to the Prado Museum’s study centre.

El Retiro is within easy walking distance of the Paseo del Prado and Plaza de Cibeles. The main entrance can be found next to Puerta de Alcalá although you can also access the park from Retiro, Principe de Vergara, Ibiza and Atocha metro stations. The park is open every day, although opening times depend on the time of year so it’s worth checking before you make the trip.


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Hotel Riu Plaza España

Hotel Riu Plaza España

C/ Gran Via, 84, Madrid
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    Located in Centro, this hotel is steps away from Calle de la Princesa, Gran Via Street and Teatro Coliseum. Royal Palace of Madrid and Lope de Vega Theatre are ...

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    Hotel Fenix Gran Meliá - The Leading Hotels of the World

    Hotel Fenix Gran Meliá - The Leading Hotels of the World

    Hermosilla 2, Madrid, Madrid
      5.0 out of 5.0
       
       

      Located in Salamanca, this luxury hotel is steps away from Golden Mile, Paseo de la Castellana and Plaza de Colon. Madrid Wax Museum and National Library are ...

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      ME Madrid by Melia

      ME Madrid by Melia

      Plaza de Santa Ana, 14, Madrid, Madrid
        4.5 out of 5.0
         
         

        Located in Literary Quarter, this luxury hotel is steps away from Plaza de Santa Ana and Teatro Espanol. Congress of Deputies and Plaza Mayor are also within ...

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        H10 Puerta de Alcalá

        H10 Puerta de Alcalá

        Alcala, 66, Madrid, Madrid
          4.0 out of 5.0
           
           

          Located in Salamanca, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of El Retiro Park and Nuevo Teatro Alcala. Paseo de la Castellana and Puerta de Alcala are also within ...

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          Catalonia Goya

          Catalonia Goya

          Goya 49, Madrid, Madrid
            4.0 out of 5.0
             
             

            Located in Salamanca, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Golden Mile, El Retiro Park and Paseo de la Castellana. Nuevo Teatro Alcala and Plaza de Colon ...

            Catalonia GoyaAU$114

            Hotel Catalonia Atocha

            Hotel Catalonia Atocha

            Calle Atocha 81, Madrid, Madrid
              4.0 out of 5.0
               
               

              Located in Atocha, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lavapies, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia and CaixaForum Madrid. Paseo del Prado and Plaza ...

              Hotel Catalonia AtochaAU$98

              Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via

              Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via

              Gran Via 11, Madrid, Madrid
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                Located in Centro, this boutique hotel is steps away from Casino Gran Via and Gran Via Street. Puerta del Sol and Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum are also ...

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                Parque del Retiro - B Salamanca

                Parque del Retiro - B Salamanca

                Calle de Narváez, 72, piso 6, 23, Madrid
                  3.5 out of 5.0
                   
                   

                  Located in Retiro, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of El Retiro Park and Crystal Palace. Prado Museum and Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum ...

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