Parque del Buen Retiro means literally “Park of the pleasant retreat” and it’s the largest and the most famous park in Madrid. It’s an oasis of tranquility in the crowded city.
It was projected more than three centuries ago and its access was exclusive to the monarchy. At first, it had a garden with a central lake. Over the years, more gardens, lakes and chapels were added. The park is open to the public since 1869 and is actually the most visited park in the city of Madrid!
Walking through the park we easily found gardens, fountains, sculptures and even artists showcasing their work. Its beautiful central lake has an incredible view to an huge monument called Monumento a Alfonso XII, built in 1922 by 42 artists! Here you can also rent small boats and appreciate this monument from afar.
Entering the the park is free and it’s open daily between 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. (May to October) or until 10 p.m. (November to April). You may find more information about the park on Madrid’s official tourism website.