El Retiro Park

El Retiro Park , Madrid Overview

One of the largest parks in the Madrid city, El Retiro or the Buen Retiro park belonged to the Spanish Monarchy till the late 19th century. It is a beautiful park covering a large area and is filled with monuments, sculptures, galleries, lake and hosts a lot of events. The park is surrounded by the main city on all sides.

Abode to over 15,000 trees, the El Retiro Park is one of the biggest parks in Madrid covering an area of 125 hectares. The park has some of the most important gardens namely the Jardines de Cecilio Rodriquez, the Jardin de Vivaces, the Rose Garden, the Jardines del Arquitecto Herrero Palacios and the Parterre Frances which has the oldest tree in Madrid. Earlier, it was owned by the Spanish Monarchy until the late 19th century when the park became open to the public. It is the place to indulge in leisure, cultural and sport activities and it is also popular for its architecture, history and the famous lake. Glass and Velaquez are two palaces which are used as exhibition halls.

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