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Buen Retiro Park
Have a Relaxing Retreat in Buen Retiro Park
Casite del Pascador is a cute monument taking form of a small house miniature. Painted in a bright red brick color, the monument can be easily spotted if you walk along the rarely-used entrance of the park. It is set on a small pond, surrounded with a small mini-mountain complete with its scenic mini waterfall. It's definitely worth exploring the park to find this unique mini monument.
If you ever wonder how Cinderella's castle will look like, Palacio de Cristal might be the closest answer. While it might not exactly look like a palace in a fairytale book, the building have an elegant architecture, and almost most parts of the building are made of glass. Entering the glass building, you'll not only welcomed by warm sunlights passing through glass panes, but you'll get to admire various artworks being displayed there. You'll find different art works each season, it might not be enough to visit Palacio de Cristal for only once.
To find this exotic park, it might not be an easy task. But don't give up! Because once you discover the park, you'll find not only a magnificent view of flowers and trees growing in the classic-style garden you'll also find peacocks. The majestic animals are not caged, they simply roaming around freely enticing the visitors to follow them around or simply taking some fabulous pictures of them.
Few meters away from Jardines de Cecilio Rodriguez garden, you'll be welcomed with jaw -dropping view of rose garden. La Rosaleda garden is a home to more than 4000 rose species that blooms altogether on certain months. You'll find roses in different colors, shapes, and sizes. The archway along the garden are also covered in roses and ivy vines. Walk further, and you'll find a picturesque view of a fountain famously known as the Fountain of the Falling Angel, with a stone sculpture representing Lucifer the Fallen Angel. La Rosaleda is probably the closest image to royal, fairytale-ish garden in your imagination.
Also known as 'Statue Walk', walking along Paseo de la Argentina doesn't only reward you with refreshing air and private strolling time. As you walk, you will find some statues lining up along the path. Those are statues of renowned Kings previously ruled over Spain. Some sources said that the statues were sculpted between 1750 and 1753. You'll not only get refreshed mind and soul, but you'll also obtain new knowledges about the country's history. So much win!
Second art exhibition pavilion is located in Buen Retiro Park is Palacio de Velazquez. The art exhibition center was designed in 1884. It was originally serve as a pavillion to host exhibition of mining, metal, glass, and ceramics industry. However, today Palacio de Velazquez has turned into a temporary exhibitions where you can enjoy various interesting Spanish seasonal artworks.
How to Get Tickets?
You can get the entrance ticket to Buen Retiro Park by purchasing it on-site. Though we highly recommend you to buy it online instead. If you're planning to go to several attractions in a day, it's best to purchase a joint tickets that enable you to explore not only Buen Retiro Park but also other historical attractions in Madrid such as Prado Museum or Madrid Royal Palace.
How To Get Around?
The best and also the only way to explore Buen Retiro Park is on foot. Each attractions are located within walking range, it's also the best way to truly enjoy the royal park. Who knows you might as well find perfect spots for taking some epic shots.
What Should I Wear?
Buen Retiro Park is a public park, so in general they don't apply strict rules of dressing up. Just wear anything that is comfortable for you. Don't forget to pay attention closely to the current weather. Bring jacket and shawl if you're going out to the park during Fall season or Winter. The only thing you MUST remember is to wear the most comfortable walking shoes. The park is extensive so you'll do most of the exploring by walking.
Best Time to Visit
If you not only want to enjoy the beautiful view of Buen Retiro Park but also the Rose Garden, then come to the park in May. It is when the roses grown in the garden are in full bloom. Fall is also a perfect season to go since the weather is mildly warm but not too chilly, plus the scenery of changing leaves will takes you to the whole new world.
Will I Need a Guide?
Hiring a guide can be a great addition since you will get most important about the history of Buen Retiro Park, they might also guide you to the secret Jardines de Cecilio Rodriguez garden. But exploring the park by yourself is not a bad idea either.
How To Get There?
Located at the city's centre, Buen Retiro Park is highly accessible by any means of public transportation. You can take Subway Line 2 from Cuatro Caminos or Las Rosas, and alight at Retiro Station. The public park can also be reached by public bus. Take bus Number. 1,2,9.14,19,20,26,28,32,51,52,61,63,74, 146, 152, 202, C1 and C2 to reach your destination.