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September 4, 2019

Once again at Retiro park!

Oh yes once again at Retiro park in my beloved Madrid, and can come back a thousand times and still will missed it once leaving. Because the Retiro park for me is part of what we say , from Madrid to heaven and a hole in the sky to look down on it every day!

What can I say more of the Parque del Buen Retiro or Retiro park in my beloved Madrid. I have several posts on it in my blog so will try to make it short this time due to my latest visit to the lovely city. I grew up as early teen near it and spent many days running all over it and meeting friends and girlfriends and the works. Coming back to Madrid even if it is a lot more touristic now ,is a must to visit.


The visit this time is more relevant coming with my young men sons and talking about my escapades of old and seeing them enjoy it too.

You know this was a Royal park and even if cutoff a lot still has 125 hectares or 4,5 km of perimeter; from the beginning it was much larger something like 145 hectares. It was created from 1630 to 1640. The park has a big pond ,basin, lake as you like in a rectangular fashion where there is a huge monument to king Alfonso XII with his equestrian statue in bronze done in 1904. There is also a rosary or roselada and 12 other statues , fountains and two palaces such as Cristal and Velazquez. There is an Egyptian fountain, kiosks for food, boat rentals, bike rentals jogging trails, and exercise trails, Chinese pagoda etc etc.  It has about 19000 trees of 167 different species.  In its territory there is the Roayl National Observatory, and remnants of the Hermitage of San Pelayo and San Isidoro (Saint Pelagius and Saint Isidore) .





The Buen Retiro makes reference to the functionality of the now gone Cuarto Real(Royal quarters), a site annex to the Monastery of the Jerónimos , where the kings retire to meditate or entertainment.

All wonderful for a day or weekend family trip now. The Retiro park is a candidate for Unesco World Heritage Site under the name “El Paseo del Prado y el Buen Retiro. Paisaje de las Artes y las Ciencias” or sort of the Paseo del Prado and Buen Retiro, landscapes of Arts and Sciences.


I think this will do , you can search in my blog for Retiro and see all the previous entries on it. It is a must in Madrid by all now; you cannot come to the city and not visited it. Remember the Parque del Buen Retiro or simply Retiro park in Madrid of course!

There is a link in English from the tourist office of Madrid here:

tourist office of Madrid on Retiro park in English

And this is from the city of Madrid with a pdf file that has a map you can print even if the text is in Spanish; the map is worth it. City of Madrid brochure on Retiro with map in Spanish

Until next time in Madrid because God willing there will always be a next time for Madrid!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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