Things To Do Near Retiro Park in Madrid

Once the refuge of royalty, then a fashionable promenada spot, Retiro Park today is the city's most beloved - and elegant - green space. It features manicured lawns and paths, landscaped gardens, statues, a rowing lake flanked by columns, and exhibition spaces, and is popular among locals and tourists alike. As well, the area surrounding Retiro Park is one of Madrid's most historic and noble areas, as our list of the top 10 things to do near Retiro Park demonstrates. Our top pick is the Prado museum, the jewel in the crown of Spain's renowned art galleries, which primarily houses 12th to 19th century European art, although you can also see other works like Roman statues. As the collection is drawn from Spain's Royal Collection, Spanish art is very well represented. Bosch's strange triptych the Garden of Earthly Delights and Goya's nude and dressed majas are not to be missed. Our second pick, the Congreso de los Diputados, is where Spain's lower house of Parliament meets. The neoclassical building is flanked by lion statues and, day or night, is always guarded. Sometimes you can see well known Spanish politicians on the steps. Our third pick is the Madrid landmark Plaza de Cibeles. A statue of goddess Cibeles - which has come to represent Madrid itself - sits in her chariot in the middle of the fountain and the plaza with the dramatic white Communications Palace in the background.

Museo del Prado (Prado Museum)

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Calle Ruiz de Alarcón, 23
Paseo del Prado

The massive museum is Spain's homage to art...
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Congreso de los Diputados

Carrera de San Jerónimo

Spanish Parliament... read more

Plaza de Cibeles

Between Paseo del Prado and Paseo de los Recoletos

Beautiful at Night... read more

Puerta de Alcalá

Plaza de la Independencia

Famous gateway to Madrid... read more

Casón del Buen Retiro

Calle Alfonso XII, 28

19th-Century Spanish Paintings... read more

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Claustro de San Jerónimo el Real (Los Jerónimo)

Calle Moreto 4

Historically valuable works of art... read more

Banco de España

Calle de Alcalá 48

Little-Known Gem of a Museum... read more

Museo del Ejército

Méndez Núñez, 1

Spanish Military History... read more

Museo de Antropología

Calle De Alfonso XII 68

Peoples & races... read more

Palacio de Cristal

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Paseo Duque de Julio Romero de Torres
Parque del Retiro

Romantic-style palace in Retiro park... read more
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