My Retiro park in my Madrid!!!

If you have followed my blog, you know my attachment to Madrid, and my history there so need to repeat me think. If you have not and new to my blog just go to search type Retiro and/or Madrid and see the many posts on it. From Madrid to heaven and a hole in the sky to look down on it everyday. And today more than ever!!!

The focus here is something folks dont really come to see but is a very relaxing way to see the city and hear about its many monuments inside the wonderful Parque del Buen Retiro or simply Retiro park in my beloved Madrid. Very near where I used to lived and walk by it everytime in the city. Hope you enjoy this post.

This is my park, Parque del Buen Retiro , I lived for several years not far from it,every time back in Madrid and luckily often need to stop by, and lately in the city stayed by a hotel nearby as well.  This time had a whole Sunday for me, and why not, spent it at the Retiro Park. Very difficult for me to describe it, it was my youthful park, where my mother took me and I came back to the city in a new era with her and then myself, as my mother passed away in 2007, coming here brings closer to her as well. The story continue once married and came with new wife and then more, and my wife passed away in 2018 and yet came back again with the boys in 2019. I can’t wait to be back again; this is the best medicine for a hectic troubled world. The Retiro park is it; there are places you never get tired of visiting and this is one of them for me, the main one.

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This is my park, walking its winding trails and seeing the wonderful statues and buildings in it are just great beyond description. The snack bar by the lakes or estanque with its wonderful boats. Now they have rowing boats when younger coming here they had pedal boats as well. It was heaven by yourself to do it. Coming from behind the statue to king Alfonso XIII into the lake is wonderful and the views breathtaking.

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You need to see the wonderful remains of the Real Fabrica de Porcelanas (1760-1812) with info in Spanish as now shown in the Prado museum here,only in Spanish: Museo del Prado on the Porcelain factory

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And the La Noria del Huerto del Francés vestiges of something wonderful here; this one of the machine that took the water to make the porcelain, also in picture above, and they are of Persian origins.

Many entrances to the park my old haunts was by Puerta de Alcalà where I lived not far, but lately coming by the Plaza Niño Jésus ( square of the Child Jesus).  You plunge into the garden or jardines del Marques de Pontejos , right along the Paseo del Marqués de Pontejos ,passing by the Rosaleda (rose garden). The Madrid tourist office on the Rosaleda in English: Madrid tourist office on the Rosaleda or Rose garden

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And the Parterre (main garden walk area), entrance by the Gate or puerta de Felipe IV, with an axis from the Casón del Buen Retiro  to the Fuente de la Alcachofa , and the lake or Estanque. You see here the oldest tree in the park that of a Cipré calvo (cypress) .You see structures of old now being use as many as rest rooms. Coming by the estanque or lake into the other end by Calle Alfonso XIII. A magical walk with beauty of top gardeners keeper all around you.

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You have the wonderful statue of the Fallen Angel fountain or Fuente del Angel Caido, (b. 1878) the only statue representing the devil . Very busy intersection in the park one of the must see.  More info from Madrid tourist office in English: Madrid tourist office on the Fallen Angel fountain and statue

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You passed by the wonderful Palacio de Velázquez, (b. 1881-1883) an old structure use for temporary exhibitions for works of art.  As well as the Palacio de Cristal (b 1887) iron architecture  modeled after Crystal Palace in London. It is now for temporary exhibitions as well and just airy and wonderful ;from afar is better.  Many of these monuments have written in other posts. They are magical palaces in a gorgeous park.

And to top it off, the grand Lake or Estanque Grande (b. early 17C). The lake where families from very old days to now come to ride a boat any boat in the park is wonderful. The boys will rent a boat to roar for the girl ::) and seeing it from above the Statue to king Alfonso XIII is romantic indeed especially as night falls. Magical. A must in Madrid.

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This is my park, the one amongst many in Madrid, but the very best of all. A must to see in Madrid, in fact , you never been to Madrid if not walk the Retiro park… If anything makes me come back to Madrid is this park. My life’s youth and teen was spent around it, from all the side stories you can imagine. The thrill was to bring my boys here and play and walk and see as I did at their age; it was huge, souvenirs to last a lifetime. And hopefully it won’t be over any time soon. Hope you enjoy it in my Madrid as I did.

The Madrid tourist office on the neighborhoods of Madrid showcasing the Retiro with a downloadable map in English: Madrid tourist office on the Retiro park

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

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7 Comments to “My Retiro park in my Madrid!!!”

  1. It is a very fine park. I visited last year.

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  2. I love Retiro Park, and my absolute favourite place to sit and watch people enjoying their day, rowing, or just ‘sightseeing’ is the steps by the lake. Great place, definitely a highlight for me in Madrid.

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