Buen Retiro Park

If you travel to Madrid and have extra time to wander around a park then I recommend that you visit Buen Retiro Park or just Retiro Park. It is the largest park in Madrid and located in central Madrid, very near to Atocha Station.

How to go to Buen Retiro Park?

You can go to Buen Retiro Park either from these method:

  1. From Atocha Station – Metro Line 1 (Light blue) / Cercanias
  2. From Retiro Station – Metro Line 2 (Red)
  3. From Ibiza Station – Metro Line 9 (Purple)

Depending on where you are, you can alight at any of these stations and walk from there to Buen Retiro Park. I personally often walk from Atocha Station because my house route is nearer to that Station.

From Atocha Station

From Retiro Station

From Ibiza Station

Our visit to Buen Retiro Park

Puerta del Angel Caido

We actually walked from Atocha Station until this gate – Puerta del Angel Caido. One of the many gates to enter Buen Retiro Park. From the map, it stated that the walk is only about 6 minutes but the terrain is like climbing a small hill.

Phew…I was exhausted.

I totally agree that Madrid has many beautiful parks or gardens and hands down, Buen Retiro Park is one of them.

In Spanish, Buen Retiro Park is called as Parque del Retiro.

Parque means park.

Retiro means retirement or retreat.

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That is according to Google Translate.

Parque is categorized as masculine words. Yeah…like you can guess the gender of a park right? ^^ El parque or un parque. If you are interested to learn Spanish, I recommend that you learn from Spanishpod101.com. This is my go to online resource for Spanish when I first learned the language.

Buen Retiro Park Map
The park is pretty huge. All the 1.4 km2 (350 acres) of it! Anyway, I was kinda excited when my husband said he would bring me to one of the most beautiful garden in central Madrid – Buen Retiro Park.
Even just saying the name of the park sparked the excitement in me! What a sexy name for a park..*sigh*. Buen Retiro Park means “Park of the Pleasant Retreat” – source: Wikipedia
Retiro Park in autumn
I  love autumn’s sky.
The park initially belonged to the Spanish Monarchy until the late 19th century, when it became a public park so everyone; including me and my husband can enjoy its’ beauty.
Well…since Spain has Mediterranean climate, the autumn and changes of colors on the trees are not so obvious. The temperature is pretty mild…as now is autumn in about minimum of 8 to maximum of 20 degree Celsius. Just the way I like…cool.


Estanque Grande del Retiro
This is an artificial lake where the Monument to King Alfonso XII is erected.
We had our cafe’ con leche (milk coffee) near the lake as in the picture. Kinda pricey about 2.50 euros for a small glass.
Then we head off to check out the Crystal Palace. It was designed by architect Ricardo Velázquez Bosco, a glass pavilion inspired by The Crystal Palace in London, undoubtedly the gardens’ most extraordinary building.
Crystal Palace
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