Green lung, open-air museum, oasis of peace, meeting point, playground for the little ones. Not far from the center of the Spanish capital, the Retiro Park (Parque del Buen Retiro) is an attraction that, inside, contains a myriad of surprises, designed for any visitor, Spanish or otherwise.
Within this lush green area, built in the first half of the seventeenth century, it is possible to carve out a moment of relaxation, devote yourself to sporting or recreational activities, visit structures and statues of rare beauty, some of which are unique in their kind.
- Where is it and how to get there
- Hours and prices
- Tours, guided tours and tickets online
- What to see and how to visit the Retiro Park in Madrid
- Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
- User questions and comments
Where is it and how to get there
There are about 2 kilometers that separate the center of Madrid from the lush Parque del Buen Retiro, easily accessible by public transport, by car or on foot, to fully enjoy the beauties of the Iberian capital.
- On foot: Head east on Plaza Puerta del Sol towards Calle de Carretas in less than 20 minutes from the center - get directions
- By bus: 12 minutes with lines 1, 2, 9, 14, 15, 19, 20, 26, 28, 32, 51, 52, 61, 63, 74, 146, 152, 202, C1, C2
- By metro: Line 2, Retiro stop, less than 10 minutes
Hours and prices
The entrance to the Retiro Park and the visit to some of the most beautiful attractions within it, such as the famous Crystal Palace, it's absolutely free.
There are numerous services that can be accessed within the attraction, upon payment of a negligible ticket: among these it is worth mentioning the possibility of rent a rowboat or solar powered boat for a few euros an hour, to romantically explore the park through the waters of the Estanque Grande, an artificial lake near the statue of King Alfonso XII. Some attractions are closed on Tuesdays, such as Palacio de Velasquez and the Crystal Palace.
- from April to September 06: 00-24: 00; from October to March 06: 00-22: 00
- access to the park is free
- Any other business: it is possible to rent a rowboat (Mon-Sun 10: 00-17.30) for € 5,80 from Monday to Friday and € 7,50 every Saturday and Sunday, or solar powered (Mon-Sun 10: 00-14 : 00/16: 00-sunset) for € 1,50
Tours, guided tours and tickets online
- Skip-the-line tour to the Royal Palace and Retiro Park: from € 39,00 - Find out more
- Retiro Park, 90 minutes Segway tour: from € 40,00 - Find out more
- El Retiro Park tour by electric bike: from € 36,00 per person - Find out more
What to see and how to visit the Retiro Park in Madrid
To visit the park you will have about 10 entrances, distributed on the 4 sides of the park, the most famous and main entrance to the park can be reached from the Banco de España stop and then from here it takes about 10 minutes to get to the entrance with its Puerta de Independencia. Another entrance is the one accessed from the Retiro stop, which overlooks the Puerta de Hernani. It is also accessed from the southern side, from the Puerta del Ángel Caído, and from the eastern side, from the Puerta de la Reina Mercedes.
Il green lung of Madrid offers various possibilities for leisure and sporting activities: take a ride on rowing boats, visit some of the exhibitions including those of the Palacio de Cristal, admire the numerous statues and fountains such as the monument to Alfonso XII, but also places such as the House of the Contrabandista where today Florida Retiro is housed, a modern multifunctional area dedicated to leisure. Another interesting activity that attracts visitors every week is the theatrical programs staged in the Teatro de Titeres (Puppet Theater). The Segway tour of downtown and Retiro Park is recommended, perfect for exploring this attraction far and wide.
- Statues, monuments and fountains: these decorative elements are emblematic of the park, in particular the artificial lake is the symbolic image. Important the Monument to Alfonso XI, the statue El Angel Caido, the Fountain of the Galapagos and the Hermitage of San Pelayo and San Isidoro
- Paseo de la Argentina: in Italian Viale delle Statue, is precisely an avenue where the statues dedicated to the exponents of the Spanish monarchy are located
- Exhibition palaces: for example the Palacio de Velàsquez and the Palacio de Cristal attract thousands of visitors for their exhibitions
- gardens: among the most important are the classicist Gardens by Cecilio Rodríguez, the Gardens of the architect Herrero Palacios, but also the Rosaleda, which has over 4000 roses and the Giardini de Vivaces, not very busy but very romantic
Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Get up early: the tranquility of the Retiro Park is fully enjoyed especially in the early hours of the morning, when few people visit the attraction.
- Use comfortable shoes: moving inside the park implies the use of comfortable shoes to move from one corner to another in complete tranquility.
- Respect the environment: no to cards on the streets of the park, no to the mistreatment of flowers, plants or animals in the park. It takes education and common sense to enjoy the wonders offered by the park.
- Minimum time: the ideal would be to spend at least two and a half hours inside the park.
- It is possible to make use of guided tours to visit the attraction, even if the park can be visited easily without any further help.
Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
It is one of the main attractions of the city, where you can fully breathe the Madrid "mood". It is easier to meet a native than a tourist in the green and paradisiacal Parque del Buen Retiro in Madrid, a favorite destination for families, sports and nature lovers. The establishment of this park - built between 1630 and 1640 - was possible thanks to the gift that the Duke of Olivares gave to King Philip IV: 145 hectares of land to be transformed into a location for idleness and vices of the nobility.
Since the th century, this green oasis in the Spanish metropolis has been enriched with monuments so important that they have transformed the Retiro Park into a real open-air museum, whose main attractions are accessible to all. Statues, palaces, rose gardens: every wonder within the area deserves a very careful visit.