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Retiro Park in Madrid

Retiro Park is considered to be the authentic green lung of Madrid and therefore, is a tourist attraction for all travelers visiting the city, as well as an enclave in which everyone wants to live in. Its origins date back to 1631, at which time the Count-Duke of Olivares gave some land to King Felipe IV for his court recess. Shortly after construction of Palacio del Buen Retiro began, the entire park consisted of 145 hectares, but today, there are only 118 hectares remaining.

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Within Retiro Park, there is an amazing variety of plant and animal species. But additionally, it houses many really interesting and attractive monuments and entertainment venues. Undoubtedly, the most important ones are:

El estanque (The lake)

There is an artificial lake in the middle of the park, and if accessed from the entrance near Puerta de Alcalá, it will be the first thing you will see. From there you can rent a boat and take a leisurely ride with your family or your partner, and join the small guided tour.

El Monumento a Alfonso XII (The Alfonso XII monument)

It is situated in one of the lake's banks which we have referred to above. It was inaugurated in 1922 by Alfonso XIII in honour of his father, Alfonso XII, who had died more than 30 years before, when he was just a child. In addition, you can take advantage of the beautiful surroundings on Sundays to play music and many other percussion instruments.

El Palacio de Cristal (The Crystal Palace)

This palace was built entirely by glass panels. It is dated 1887 and with it, a large artificial lake that is often full of swans and ducks can be seen. Although the building has facilities that were initially used as a greenhouse, today it is an art gallery that continuously hosts temporary exhibitions.

El Paseo de la Argentina

Also popularly known as the Walk of Statues (Paseo de las Estatuas), it is a road that is surrounded by statues dedicated to all the monarchs of Spain. These figures were commissioned by Fernando VI at first to decorate the Royal Palace (Palacio Real), but gradually they were moved back to their current location. The tradition has lasted until today.

In short, Retiro Park is one of the most emblematic places in Madrid and, right now, the only green area available. Therefore, if you are interested in renting or buying an apartment around this area, do not hesitate to contact luxury real estate Engel & Völkers Madrid. We will be happy to help you find the home you need.

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