Buen Retiro Park is one of the largest parks in the Spanish capital city, Madrid. The park belonged to the Spanish Monarchy until the 19th century when it was made a public park. The land was given to the King of Spain in the 17th century and he made it into a garden area, which is considered to be the birth of the park. Over the next two centuries, the kings and queens made the space to fit their style. It was Queen Isabella II who is thought to have had a big impact on the park, having fruit trees planted and areas previously untouched landscaped. After the hand over to the public, it became the green space of the city with the 1930-40s seeing the creation of new gardens, structures and sculptures placed around the park, attracting visitors of all ages.
The park is situated on the edge of the city centre and is accessible by the Madrid subway system with its closest stop being ‘Retiro Station’ on line two of the system.
Opening Times and Admission
The park is open to the public every day of the year with opening times set at 7 am to 12 am in the summer and 7 am to 10 pm in the winter. The park has many things for visitors to see, sculptures, monuments and a lake. Live music is played in the park every Sunday during the summer months and activities are ongoing throughout the week; such as yoga and keep fit classes.