Parque del Retiro
The Parque del Retiro is Madrid's most visited park and one of the city's most exciting spaces. Originally constructed as a royal place of pleasure, Retiro Park combines swathes of natural beauty with stunning statues and monuments.
Holidaymakers wishing to explore the charms of the Parque del Retiro should stay at a nearby hotel in Mardrid city centre. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Madrid Prado provides elegant accommodation at the heart of the Spanish capital, allowing guests to explore the Retiro Park in style.
Things to do at Parque del Retiro
The Retiro Park gained prominence under the watchful eye of the Count Duke of Olivares and became a playground for Hapsburg monarchs.
Today it is packed full of wondrous sights for holidaymakers to enjoy, with the Monument to Alfonzo XII perhaps the most magnificent. Opened in 1922, the 30 metre high equestrian statue strikes an imposing figure flanked by four stone lions.
The beautiful Crystal Palace and Velázquez Palace are two of the Parque del Retiro's main architectural attractions. The neoclassical buildings were originally designed as exhibition halls and continue to display arts and crafts for visitors of the Retiro Park to enjoy.
The Parque del Retiro is also home to a wide variety of street performers and local stalls. Tourists can enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides through the grounds and appreciate the free concerts at the grandstand or hire a rowboat on the park's artificial lake.
Staying in Madrid
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Madrid Prado is ideally located to allow guests to visit the city's top attractions such as Retiro Park or the atmospheric Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Offering an excellent on-site Spanish restaurant, holidaymakers will be able to relax in style in the hotel's 54 exquisite rooms.