The Lungs of Madrid

I’ve never been to Central Park in New York. I hear it is an exceptional green space in a city dominated by concrete and skyscrapers. The city of Madrid is another large city that is blessed with a magnificent green space called Retiro Park. With its 15,000 trees and sculpted gardens it is known as the lungs of Madrid.

Retiro was a playground for the Spanish monarchy until the 19th century. Then it became a public park.

On our recent visit in early November they were planting hundreds of new annuals, something that would be unheard of in Minnesota.

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The trees are meticulously maintained.

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There romantic “Glass Palace” is open to the public and used as an exhibition space.

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There are lots of ponds for the ducks and other waterfowl to enjoy.

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The park is popular with school groups, tourist groups, and anyone else wanting to take a break from the city.

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Lots of statues honoring Spain’s heroes are found throughout the park.

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Care to go for a ride in a rowboat with your sweetheart? Retiro’s small lake allows you to do that too.

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There are playgrounds for the kids and running paths for fitness-minded adults.

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Bonus photos

 

The Velazquez Palace features some of the most edgy contemporary art I’ve ever seen and assorted musicians set up in the park to provide open-air tunes.

 

 

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