The Buen Retiro Park – Jardines del Buen Retiro – is a large and popular 1.4 square kilometre park at the edge of Madrid city centre, close to the Puerta de Alcalá and not far from the world famous Prado Museum. The park is large, well laid out and filled with sculptures and monuments, a lake and hosts a wide variety of flora and fauna. A great place for a wander.
The park dates back to the reign of Isabella I (1474–1504) and the royal family built a retreat which formed part of the church.
Address: Plaza de la Independencia, s/n
Metro stop: Retiro (L2), Príncipe de Vergara (L2, L9), Ibiza (L9), Atocha (L1)
Bus: 1, 2, 9, 15, 19, 20, 28, 51, 52, 79, 146 and 202
Winter: Monday to Sunday from 6am to 10pm.
Summer: Monday to Sunday from 6am to 12pm.