El Retiro Park, Madrid, Spain

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El Retiro Park Guide: Spend Less, Do More

Welcome to El Retiro Park

Parque del Retiro,11406, Jerez De La Frontera, Spain 

This green oasis in the centre of Madrid has125 hectares and is home to over 15,000 trees. From the botanical point of view, the Park includes some very important gardens: the Jardín de Vivaces, the Jardines de Cecilio Rodríguez (classical gardens of an Andalusian style), the Jardines del Arquitecto Herrero Palacios, the Rose Garden, and the Parterre Francés with the oldest tree in Madrid, a bald cypress that is believed to be 400 years old.

The Retiro Park is one of the most popular places to relax in Madrid. If you visit at the weekend, take a leisurely stroll, be entertained by the street musicians and sidewalk painters, have your fortune told and be amazed at the jugglers' skills. Retiro is Spanish for ‘retreat' and the park was originally designed for the Royal family.

Opened up to the public in 1868, there are only two buildings remaining of the original palace and these are now the Museo del Ejército, and the Casón del Buen Retiro. Take a boat out on the lake and visit the various exhibitions on display around the park. The Rose Garden is worth a look and the extraordinary statue of El Angel Caído which is dedicated to Satan. The main entrance to the park is near the Alcala Gate, at the Plaza de la Independence.

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