A few months back I left my job to take a 3-months break in Spain, leaving my Mumbai life temporarily behind. I am exploring España for its hidden gems, many of which don’t appear in travel guides (exciting!)
Be prepared for jetlag and for sleeping like a baby upon arrival. After a typically Spanish breakfast, we head to El Retiro, Madrid:
It’s known as the green lungs of Madrid. It’s filled with fountains and commemorative monuments – it feels like an open-air museum.
The Parque del Buen Retiro, popularly known as “El Retiro”, is regarded as one of the main tourist attractions in the city centre. Its architectural sets date back to the of centuries XVII through XXI.
The highlights include:
- The Crystal Palace (must-see)
- The Great Pond (must-see)
- The Parterre
- The Puerta de Philippe IV
- The Royal Astronomical Observatory and
- The source of the Artichoke.
- The Real jardín Botánico (must-see)
- The peacock Garden
- The Queen’s Rosaleda (Rose Garden)
The Rosaleda rose garden stands in the Fountain of the Fallen Angel, erected in 1922, whose main sculpture El Angel Caído (at the top) is a work by Ricardo Bellver inspired by a passage from John Milton‘s Paradise Lost, which represents Lucifer falling from Heaven. It is claimed that this statue is the only known public monument of Satan.
We tried “Follow me to” ( A popular Instagram Account By Murad Osmann and his beautiful wife Natalia Osamann.)
This Garden is highly recommended as it’s full of surprises and so beautiful.
The Palacio de Cristal (“Crystal Palace“), a glass pavilion inspired by The Crystal Palace in London, undoubtedly the gardens’ most extraordinary building designed by architect Ricardo Velázquez Bosco. Built along with its artificial pond in 1887 for the Philippine Islands Exhibitions, the Palacio de Cristal was first used to display flower species.
The landscape-style gardens located in the former “Campo Grande” are also a reminder of the international exhibitions that have taken place here in the past.
There are now art galleries in the Crystal Palace, Palacio de Velázquez, and Casa de Vacas.
In the Retiro Park is also the Forest of Remembrance (Bosque del recuerdo), a memorial monument to commemorate the 191 victims of the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks.
The Great Pond, is again a briliant part of garden, you spend some time chilling boating around the pond.
The rent of the boat 6 € (6 euros )
This Part of garden just took my breath away, it’s the garden full of peacocks
Adiós but let me tell you this, a day isn’t enough for this park 🙂
Day 2 Is Coming up 😉
What I Wore
Tie-Dye Dress: SR Store
Denim Jacket: Veromoda
Hat: SELECTED FEMME
Pair of shoes: Charles and Kieth
Wrist watch: Michael Kors
Until next time