Retiro Park, Madrid- Take Away Your Slice of Urban Paradise Fridge Magnets
With the fast paced nature of Madrid’s bustling metropolis, the Retiro park offers locals and tourists alike a vast open space to relax away from the demands of the city’s daily toil. As this lush green park, filled with monuments, sculptures, galleries and a large peaceful lake is surrounded by the city it offers a place of serenity and tranquility in stark contrast to the fast-paced nature of the sprawling city which circulates it.
The Retiro park will welcome you to take a relaxing stroll and meander round its many attractions, and a fridge magnet is the ideal way to walk away with a fantastic souvenir to show why this is one of the most famous outside spaces in Spain. It really is a major meeting point attracting all sorts of people from sporty youngsters, running or roller blading, all the way through to the older men enjoying a civilized game of boules.
The City Dwellers Urban Paradise
As the name Retiro, literally means ‘Retreat’, this lush and peaceful place does exactly what it says on the tin, and that is exactly how it is seen for many Madrilenian families and residents who flock there during the weekend. It is also famous for its trendy bohemian crowds and many nestle down in a good spot to be entertained by the street musicians, fortune tellers, jugglers and street entertainers and artists as they practice there talents and entertain the crowds. Within the park itself holds an array of attractions that will easily consume an afternoons exploring.
Built by King Philips IV in 1632, as a retreat for the royal family, it’s charms are now there for all to share. From the large rowing lake, overlooked by the magnificent equestrian statue of King Alfonso XII, to the Palacio Cristal a beautiful glass building used to showcase art exhibitions. Through to the rose garden, and the world famous statue of El Angel Caido (The fallen angel), which is dedicated to Satan, possibly the only statue of its kind in Europe. And proving there really is something there for everyone there are many open air bars where you can just sit back, sip a beer and watch the world go by. Sounds like the ingredients to a perfect sunday!