Spring in the Retiro Park

Spring is in full swing in Madrid and the Retiro Park looks more beautiful than ever: a succession of colorful fragrant blooms, people sunbath and squirrels come down from the trees, while collecting fruit. Today we suggest you a tour through the most famous park in Madrid!

The Fallen Angel

Many tourists do not know but in Madrid you can see one of the few statues in the world dedicated to the Devil (the Fallen Angel). Interestingly, if you come to this part of the park with an altimeter, you will get the magic figure of 666 meters. Coincidence or not?

Retiro Park Fallen Angel
Fallen Angel Statue | Image credits: OgoTours


This area was designed in the eighteenth century by a French gardener who was inspired by the palaces of the Bourbon dynasty in France. If you are passionate about botany, this part will be very interested for you. The variety of plants and species is truly amazing: laurel, boxwood, cypress, cedar, magnolia, etc. The center of the parterre is dominated by a statue of the great playwright Jacinto Benavente (1866-1954) who is among the select group of Spanish winners of the Nobel Prize.

Parterre Retiro Park Madrid
Parterre (Retiro Park) | Image credits: OgoTours


The Republica Argentina Avenue is decorated with numerous statues of different Spanish Kings. Originally these statues were made in the eighteenth century and were placed in the cornice of the Royal Palace. However, shortly after the King Carlos III decided to place them in different parts of the city.

Retiro Park Madrid
Statues of Spanish Kings | Image credits: OgoTours


Undoubtedly, this part of the park is one of the most popular among tourists. In the past, the pond was used by the King Felipe IV to recreate epic naval battles. So much time has passed since then, and nowadays couples, tourists and families rent boats and have a good time feeding the fish and ducks. The amazing monument that presides over the pond represents the King Alfonso XII and measures more than 20 meters.

Pond Retiro Park Madrid
This pond was designed in 1636 by the architect Cristobal de Aguilera | Image credits: OgoTours

Chapel of San Pelayo and San Isidoro

The best kept secret of the Retiro Park are the remains of the Chapel of San Pelayo and San Isidoro. Incredibly, this beautiful Romanesque chapel was built in the twelfth century in Avila (120 kilometers from Madrid). During the ecclesiastical confiscations (“desamortización”) in the nineteenth century the small chapel was demolished and later the remains were transferred to Madrid.

Chapel Retiro Park in Madrid
Chapel of San Pelayo and San Isidoro | Image credits: OgoTours

Fisherman’s Cottage

According to the chronicles, the King Fernando VII (19th century) was looking for a place to relax, meditate and read away from the bustle of the Royal Palace. King´s advisers offered him different locations but the King chose this isolated part of the park. The house was decorated with plush furnishings brought from France and the nobility organized lavish feasts for exclusive guests.

Retiro Park
Fisherman´s Cottage | Image credits: OgoTours

The Glass Palace

Don´t leave the Retiro Park without visiting this beautiful building. The Glass Palace was built in the nineteenth century for an exhibition on the Philippines (former Spanish colony). The building in question was used as a greenhouse for plants and trees brought from the Philippines.

Retiro Park Glass Palace
The Glass Palace | Image credits: OgoTours

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About Javier

Hola! My name is Javier Redondo, tour guide in Madrid for more than 8 years.
As a good "Madrileño", I love football (I support Atlético de Madrid), eating tapas and walk the cobblestone streets of old Madrid 🙂

This Madrid blog is where I share tips on popular attractions, local food and off-beat spots.

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