Once belonging exclusively to the Monarchy, Parque Retiro opened up to the public in the 19th century. These days, it's a favourite hangout for locals and visitors alike.
The park contains a web of maze-like walking paths and a man-made central lake where you can rent pedalos and cruise along the water. If you're visiting Madrid in the summer months, be sure to slather on the sunscreen!
Walk through the green to get to the monument of Alfonso XII, which is surrounded by other sculptures. The monument pays tribute to the last monarch to die on the throne. A national contest was held by his mother, Maria Christina of Austria, for the chance to design this tribute and it was won by José Grases Riera.
The park is dotted with little cafes selling ice lollies, ice cream, and cold cans of fizzy drinks so be sure to take advantage as this park is 1.2 million square meters in size.
The park also contains the Jardines de la Rosaleda which is a beautiful rose garden, home to an array of roses and has frequent visitors in the form of wild birds. It's best to see the roses around Spring time as they dry out by summer. The Jardines de la Rosaleda costs to get in.
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El Retiro Park
Comunidad de Madrid