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An afternoon in retiro park

: No matter where I travel, visiting the local parks is always one of my favorite activities. It’s in those places where you can discover the natural beauty and personality of the city and its people. My visit to Retiro Park was in the autumn so the weather was great. The park is located in the heart of the capital, only steps away from the famous Puerta de Alcalá, and is where thousands of locals and tourists go to relax. The immense park measures 118 hectares and traces its origins back to King Henry IV around the year 1640. As you stroll around the walkways, you’ll find gorgeous gardens, fountains, and monuments. You can admire the impressive King Alfonso XII monument across from the paddle-boat-filled lake. Snapping a few quick photos of the trees, ducks, and fountains will let you take home a little reminder of this legendary park in the Spanish capital. This is one place you absolutely cannot miss!
ana schwarz
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One of my favorite parks

The Retiro park is one of the "green lungs" of the city of Madrid and one of my favorite parks for the privileged location. When Spring comes, the park comes back to life with the green color, the activity of thousands of sportsmen and sportswomen, going through the paths running, walking, riding a bike or skating.

In the center of the park, we have the lake used by many to take a boat tour. Other spots are also nice, more in the inside, like the Crystal Palace, where there are many (strange) exhibitions. It also has many terraces to have an aperitif and even clairvoyant at tables next to the lake.

If you have time, don't miss out on San Manuel and San Benito Church, next to the Retiro subway station, it is surprising.
See Antonio Miguel Estévez Estévez's photos
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The retiro in autumn at sunset

During one of our visits to Madrid on an autumn evening, we strolled through Retiro park. We entered at the Fallen Angel entranceway and left through the Alacalá entrance, on Alcalá street.

In addition to enjoying a perfect afternoon and seeing a beautiful sunset from the inside of the park, we were able to see the Puerta de Alcalá, Cibeles plaza, the Neptune statue, and Atocha plaza on our route. It’s interesting to see the transformation and different styles of architecture in the monuments and plazas of Madrid. There’s so much beauty in the buildings at night, when they’re all lit up.

Retiro park was created during Felipe IV’s reign, who also mandated constuction on a placa next to it. Today, only a house and another building stand, which is now the Military Museum. It’s the most important park in the city, with an artistic-historic character to it. There are thousands of trees and all kinds of gardens.

The most interesting sites are the Vivaces gardens, the Cecilio Rodríguez gardens, the Architect Herrero Palacios gardens, the rose gardens, the pond where you can take out a row boat, the artificial lakes, the Velazquez and crystal palaces (both used a exhibition spaces). There’s also a reception hall, restaurants, stands, terraces, and many other attractions.

While walking through the park, we found, in addition to many sculptures and fountains, a large variety of social activities – musical and cultural – all surrounding the large pond. People were enjoying the atmosphere, both tourists and locals alike. There’s life and culture in every corner of this park.

It’s a great park with much to enjoy. Stay for the sunset then walk through downtown Madrid afterwards.
Antonio Miguel Estévez Estévez
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A perfect place to spend the afternoon

The Retiro is one of the favorite leisure places for both locals as for tourists. The numerous lawns, natural shadow, trees and the areas next to the pond are a perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon. Especially during the spring and summer seasons, the people go to this park during the weekends to enjoy a place where they can do sports, take the sun or have contact with nature after a whole week living with asphalt around.

In the Retiro Park it is estimated that there are 15,000 trees spread over the 120 hectares of field, approximately. There are Indian chestnut trees, cherry trees, acacias, plane trees, birches, oak trees, ash trees, elm trees and olive trees. Moreover there are various gardens inside the park, like the Vivaces Garden, the Don Cecilio Rodríguez Gardens, the Architect Herrero Palacios Gardens, the French parterre, of Versailles style and the Rosaleda housing many species of roses.
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See María Alba's photos
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A breath of fresh air in the center of madrid

You can get lost trying to see the hundreds of attractions within Retiro Park, a 118 hectare park located in the heart of Madrid where you can find hundred

The park’s visitors, especially tourists, tend to stay in the better-known areas of the park, like the pond with the grand monument dedicated to Alfonso XII and the Crystal Palace. The truth is, those areas, plus the Parterre are also my favorites.

But looking further into the park, you can find “hidden” sculptures and surprising monuments. My favorite monument might be the one dedicated to Serafín and Joaguín Álvarez Quintero, playwrights from the 19th and 20th centuries. It’s a really beautiful monument.

My favorite time to visit the Retiro is in the Fall. The chest trees, lime trees, the sweetgum tree, and the banana trees change colors and contrast with the perennial like the cypresses. However, any time of the year is a great time to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and relax in this enormous park.
María Alba
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It was my refuge

The Retiro is the spot I love the most in Madrid. During my first months in the Spanish capital, it was my refuge, a very personal place, where I could miss my country and on the other hand enjoy the turn my life had taken.

Surely the people of Madrid do not realize how important it is to have such a green and humid place for someone who is not used to the terribly dry air in Madrid.

During my first months, in the summer, I felt I had to go to the Retiro to be able to breathe. Only under the trees behind the Crystal Palace I felt my eyes and lungs were not burning.

The wonderful park has lovely fountains, imposing statues, a lake where to row, a museum and an exhibition room, large roundabouts where there are concerts in the summer, wide streets to skate. But the unbeatable magic of the Retiro lies in the silent paths, those where the iris bloom, where the lovers hide, where one goes to think, or simply be, the lonely people.
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Lovely park which could not be bigger

Place where I spent most of the time the first time I arrived in Madrid, place where I had some great adventures with my colleagues. I could not walk the whole park because it was huge. The boat tour was the best, I had never rowed on a boat and I loved it.

The Alfonso XII monument is lovely, even though there were some fences around it, and in the surrounding areas of the park I loved the Espartero General statue. A place I definitely recommend visiting if you go to Madrid, enjoy the most you can!
Iván Hdez. Cazorla
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Retiro park made it quite evident that madrid is a place where i would one day want o raise my children

Retiro Park made it quite evident that Madrid is a place where I would one day want o raise my children. The vibrancy and the life that was here on a, gratefully, very hot Sunday afternoon was amazing. Families, lovers, individuals, talents of every discipline, all under one big blue sky, embracing and acknowledging nature as if it were human. The boating lake and coffee houses were very much in use as were the paths leading to and from the park with cyclists. I didn't get to spend as much time as I wanted to in El Retiro, but when I return to Madrid rest assured it's the first place I'll be sure to visit
Dominic Lawrence
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Berenice Guajardo
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One autumn morning in retiro park. th...

One autumn morning in Retiro Park. The recent rain has fallen on the park discouraged walkers and the park is lonely. The trees offer visitors more different colors for different speed off the sap and the diversity of varieties. Moisture will breathe clean and fragrant smells of leaves that carpet the floor before cleaning operators to withdraw. The temple of music offers shelter to a yoga group showing their spirituality in their positions paused. The lake is calm. No boat uncomfortable rest. The squirrel leaping quiet walks without anyone finding worry their livelihoods. The Crystal Palace offers its majestic structure with the solitary glazed sculpture (?) Harboring inside. A quiet autumn morning in Retiro Park. The Fall Retreat is a sight to be enjoying it slowly, walking slowly, looking up, avoiding crowded places. If you can be in better working day. In this park you forget all the buzz around him, noise, pollution, rush, cars, and immersed in a peaceful tranquility.

Una mañana de otoño en el Parque del Retiro. La reciente lluvia caida sobre el parque ha desanimado a los paseantes y el parque se encuentra solitario. Los árboles ofrecen al visitante sus colores más dispares por la diferente velocidad de descanso de su savia y por la diversidad de variedades. La humedad se respira limpia y perfumada por los olores de las hojas que alfombran su suelo antes de que los operarios de la limpieza las retiren. El templete de la música ofrece cobijo a un grupo de yoga que muestran su espiritualidad en sus pausadas posturas. El lago está tranquilo. Ninguna barca incomoda su descanso. La ardilla saltarina pasea tranquila sin que nadie inquiete la búsqueda de su sustento. El Palacio de Cristal ofrece su majestuosa estructura vidriada con la solitaria escultura (?) que alberga en su interior. Una mañana tranquila de otoño en el Parque del Retiro.

El Retiro en otoño es un espectáculo para ir disfrutándolo lentamente, paseando despacio, mirando hacia arriba, huyendo de los sitios concurridos. Si puede ser en día no festivo mejor. En este parque uno se olvida de todo el bullicio que le rodea, los ruidos, la polución, las prisas, los coches, y se sumerge en una plácida tranquilidad.
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A gift otoal

A quiet and relaxing. Where asphalt is removed to make way for beautiful landscapes in all seasons captivate you. This time I've come under a warm, autumnal colors tinged with brown. True postcard landscapes. Reaching this place is very easy, then, has its own metro exit. Only you have to take the red line number 2, depending on where you are or Four Roses destination path. In the schematic plan of the Metro clearly states the name of the station where it was called off just as the park "WITHDRAWAL". Surely you'll be more savvy / and you'll come to me soon. If you go by Madrid yourself a time to stroll through this wonderful park that will not leave you indifferent. With its 118 hectares is considered a landmark in the center of Madrid. A wonderful pond where take a relaxing boat ride where you can enjoy from another point of view the great monument to King Alfonso XII located in one of the long sides of the pond. This monument is composed of a large veranda with numerous statues surrounding the sculpture of King. It measures about 30 meters high, 86 meters long and 58 meters wide. On the southwest side of the pond you may find the Fountain of the Artichoke. An artificial ria where the ducks down. On the promenade that stretches along the pond always find people doing all kinds of arts and puppeteers, painters, fortune tellers, dancers, magicians, etc.. You know one of the great lungs of Madrid called "Retreat" to get away from the noise and stress. See you in my next cloud.

Un regalo otoñal

Un lugar tranquilo y relajante. Donde se retira el asfalto para dar paso a hermosos paisajes que en cualquier época del año te cautivaran. En esta ocasión lo hemos recorrido bajo un entorno cálido y otoñal con los matizados colores en marrón. Verdaderos paisajes de postales. Llegar hasta este lugar es muy fácil, pues, tiene su propia salida de metro. Solo has de coger la linea Roja numero 2, dependiendo de donde estés destino las Rosas o Cuatro camino. En el Plano esquemático de la red de Metro se indica claramente el nombre de la estación donde bajarse pues se llama simplemente como el parque "RETIRO". Seguro que tu seras mas espabilado/a que yo y llegaras enseguida. Si vas por Madrid date un tiempo para pasear por este estupendo parque que no te dejara indiferente. Con sus 118 hectáreas es considerado un lugar emblemático del centro de Madrid. Un maravilloso estanque por donde dar un relajante paseo en barca en el que podrás disfrutar desde otro punto de vista del gran monumento al rey Alfonso XII ubicado en uno de los lados mayores del estanque. Este monumento esta compuesto por una gran columnata con numerosas estatuas que rodean a la escultura del rey. Mide unos 30 metros de alto, 86 metros de largo y 58 metros de ancho. En el lado sudoeste del estanque te puedes encontrar con la Fuente de la Alcachofa. Una ria artificial de donde bajan los patos. En el paseo que se extiende a lo largo del estanque encontraras siempre a personas haciendo todo tipo de artes como titiriteros, pintores, echadores de cartas, bailarines, magos, etc. Ya lo sabes uno de los grandes pulmones de Madrid se llama "Retiro" para estar lejos del bullicio y el estrés.

Nos vemos en mi próxima nube.
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A few meters from the crystal palace ...

A few meters from the Crystal Palace and the monument to Benito Perez Galdos, we found a shady ravine that shelters a small island surrounded by a narrow and curvy ria which is accessed by three wooden bridges. If doubt is one of the ideal places to shelter from the hot summer sun that strikes the city, a place apart by the bucolic aspect that gives its leafy trees and shrubs invites you to the peace and quiet that we need both and locals. The stunning weeping willow. At the foot of the Crystal Palace (its steps in the sink) and built at the same time the occasion of the exhibition of the Philippine Islands, this beautiful lake is artificial. One of the peculiarities of it apart from the grotto and small cascade that reminds me of Peter Pan book is that its waters are submerged roots and trunk of the bald cypress called. Almost all of us when we hear of the cypress, the imagination comes to the sight of a cemetery as is usually the most common tree element in those places. However, this time walking in the Retiro and more specifically by the magnificent setting of the Parterre, I watched a group of cypress trees had been pruned with skill and patience to give an unusual, almost perfect. It was the last visit we did with Marta Pilar on this trip. After a tough but great day, we decided to put the final brush with a little visit to Retiro Park although the night we missed him. We walked through the door of Philip IV to go directly to and from here Paterre sit at one of the kiosks have a beer and relax. While in these last necessities, night fell upon us and Marta gave little time to savor these gardens, however not prevented me to take photographs tartar cturnas no pond, which he had never done before. This is the only spot you'll gain few have visited together, and I do it because your camera was not able to get the pictures he wanted. Marta soon, great lady and above all great person. We shall see.

A escasos metros del Palacio de Cristal y del monumento a Benito Pérez Galdós, nos encontramos con una sombría hondonada que cobija a una pequeña isla rodeada de una estrecha y curvilínea ria a la que se tiene acceso por tres puentes de madera.

Si dudas es uno de los lugares ideales para cobijarse del tórrido sol veraniego que azota la ciudad, aparte un sitio donde por el bucólico aspecto que da sus frondosos árboles y arbustos te invita a la tranquilidad y sosiego que tanto nos hace falta a los madrileños.

El sauce llorón impresionante.

A los pies del Palacio de Cristal (sus escalinatas se hunden en el) y construido a la vez que el mismo con motivo de la Exposición de las Islas Filipinas, se encuentra este hermoso lago artificial.

Una de las peculiaridades del mismo aparte de la gruta y la pequeña casacada que me recuerda al libro de Peter Pan, es que en sus aguas se encuentran sumergidas las raíces y parte del tronco del llamado Ciprés de los pantanos.

A casi todos nosotros cuando se nos habla del ciprés, se nos viene a la imaginación la vista de un cementerio pues suele ser el elemento arbóreo más usual en esos lugares.

Sin embargo, en esta ocasión paseando por el Retiro y más concretamente por el mágnifico marco del Parterre, observé como un grupo de cipreses había sido podado con habilidad y paciencia hasta darles una forma inusual, casi perfecta.

Fué la última visita que hicimos con Marta Pilar en este su viaje. Después de un duro pero fenomenal día, decidimos poner brocha final con una pequeña visita al Parque del Retiro aunque la noche se nos echaba encima.

Entramos por la puerta de Felipe IV para dirigirnos directamente al Paterre y desde aquí sentarnos en uno de los kioscos para tomarnos una cerveza y descansar.

Estando en estos últimos menesteres, la noche cayó sobre nosotros y a Marta le dió poco tiempo para saborear estos jardines, sin embargo no me impidió tartar de sacar unas fotografías no cturnas del estanque, cosa que no había hecho nunca.

Este es el único rincón que voy a subir de cuantos hemos visitado juntos, y lo hago porque su cámara no fué capaz de sacar las fotografías que hubiese querido.

Hasta pronto Marta, gran señora y sobre todo gran persona. Nos veremos.
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This time he has had to madrid. along...

This time he has had to Madrid. Along the Paseo de Mexico (El Retiro), these sculptures are Ripollés artist. Sculptures large, multi-colored Murano glass or bronze, that will delight young and old. Who has been in retirement and has not taken a picture with them? There are different theories about the origin of the pond, although it is believed that existing took a swamp that was in the reign of Philip II (1559-1598), leaving a network of canals, artificial lakes and ponds that allowed water gardens. The pond, with 280 meters long by 140 meters wide, had at its center an islet oval that served as a stage for plays or fishmonger. Over the years, underwent various modifications, one of the most important building of the statue of Alfonso XII on one edge and the pier, making it one of the busiest places in the park. I never called attention to visit the capital, could not explain why, maybe because I had the image in my head that it was a city with a lot of pollution, noise, bustling ... So we decided to travel to Extremadura and a stop a couple of nights in Madrid. Our first visit was El Retiro. Was sit and watch the sunset on the stairs that are at the monument to Alfonso XII, facing large pond ... And I fell in love with the place. At that moment I knew I would be one of my cities "fetish" and that this trip would many more. Obviously, the trip was canceled Extremadura, and stayed there the rest of my vacation.

Esta vez le ha tocado a Madrid. A lo largo del Paseo de México (en El Retiro), se encuentran estas esculturas del artista Ripollés.

Esculturas de gran tamaño, de múltiples colores en cristal de Murano o de bronce, que hacen las delicias de grandes y pequeños.

¿Quién ha estado en El Retiro y no se ha hecho una foto con ellas?

Existen diferentes teorías sobre el origen del estanque, aunque se cree que se aprovechó un pantano existente que había en el reinado de Felipe II (1559-1598), del que salían una red de canales, lagos artificiales y estanques que permitían regar los jardines.

El estanque, con 280 metros de largo x 140 metros de ancho, tenía en su parte central una isleta ovalada que hacía las veces de escenario para obras teatrales o de pescadero.

A lo largo de los años, sufrió diferentes modificaciones, siendo una de las más importantes la creación de la estatua de Alfonso XII en una de sus orillas y el embarcadero, que lo convierten en uno de los lugares más transitados del parque.
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The green lung of the capital

The famous Retiro Park is one of two real green poumonts of the Spanish capital. In the heart of Madrid, it is 118 acres of lawn, trees, ponds and other rides that are available to residents. Originally built in 1630, after the donation of land to house the future park by the Count-Duke of Olivares, the king Felipe IV, to build a second home, Retiro gradually became a public space. Today is probably the most popular park in the city: walkers, families, groups of friends, children, sports of all kinds, dancers, elderly ... it's Madrid found there, at any time of the day. In addition to its pleasant shady lawns, and its varied flora, Retiro offers (very) many other areas of interest: the big pond and boats for rent, overlooked by the monument to Alfonso XII , the magnificent Crystal Palace , a theater, a dance booth, many small food outlets and refreshment, the book fair, once a year, a rose garden, several landscaped gardens, ski sports, several sculptures and fountains and other discoveries to be made over the promenade. To spend time "nature", away from the noise and bustle ... in the heart of the city!

Le poumon vert de la capitale

Le célèbre parc du Retiro est l'un des deux véritables poumonts verts de la capitale espagnole. En plein coeur de Madrid, ce sont 118 hectares de pelouse, d'arbres, de bassins et autres promenades qui s'offrent aux habitants. Initialement construit en 1630, après le don du terrain qui accueillera le futur parc par le Comte-Duc de Olivares au roi Felipe IV, pour y construire une résidence secondaire, le Retiro devint peu à peu un espace public. Aujourd'hui, c'est probablement le parc le plus fréquenté de la ville: promeneurs, familles, bandes d'amis, enfants, sportifs en tous genres, danseurs, personnes âgées...c'est tout Madrid s'y retrouve, à toute heure de la journée. En plus de ses agréables pelouses ombragées, et de sa flore variée, le Retiro propose de (très) nombreux autres pôles d'intérêt: le grand étang et ses barques à louer, surplombés par le monument à Alfonso XII, le magnifique Palais de Cristal, un théâtre, un kiosque de danse, de nombreux petits points de restauration et de rafraîchissement, la foire aux livres, une fois par an, une roseraie, plusieurs jardins aménagés, des pistes de sports, plusieurs sculptures et fontaines et bien d'autres découvertes à faire au fil de la promenade. Pour passer un moment "nature", loin du bruit et de l'agitation... en plein coeur de la ville!
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A place to retire

He is considered one of the lungs of Madrid and also as the name suggests a place where physical and spiritual retreat. I offer my particular view of the Parque del Retiro, a place in the bustling center of Madrid and magic where you can not hear any noise. Paradoxical but true. I hope you enjoy and miss at. I like flowers? I smell like?, Because you have to come and see them in spring Retiro Park. The Rose Garden is a place in the park where you can admire the roses in full swing. Maze is shaped and in the center is a beautiful and easy source. Just Wander, see and smell, the smell is amazing in the maze of flowers.

Un lugar donde retirarse

Está considerado uno de los pulmones de Madrid y a la vez como su propio nombre indica un lugar donde retirarse física y espiritualmente.
Os ofrezco mi visión particular del Parque del Retiro, un lugar en el bullicioso y mágico centro de Madrid en donde no podrás escuchar ni un ruido. Paradójico pero cierto. Espero que disfrutéis y os perdais en el.

Os gustan las flores? Os gustan olerlas?, pues teneis que venir a verlas en primavera al parque del Retiro.

La Rosaleda es un lugar dentro de este parque donde podeis contemplar las rosas en pleno apogeo.

Tiene forma de Laberinto y en el centro tiene una preciosa y sencilla fuente.

Simplemente pasead, ver y oler, es una pasada el aroma dentro del laberinto de flores.
Rodrigo Nieto
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Information about Retiro Park

Retiro Park Phone Number
+34 915 30 00 41
+34 915 30 00 41
Retiro Park Address
Plaza de la Independencia, 7
Plaza de la Independencia, 7
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