Parque del Retiro certainly lives up to its name, which in English means “Park of the Pleasant Retreat”. The park is now open to the public, but until the 19th century belonged to the Spanish monarchy and is one of the biggest parks in Madrid. Its history of belonging to the royalties is evident in its grandeur and romantic appearance.
It boasts unbelievable gardens lined with white statues, a large monument to Alfonso XII that overlooks a large lake where people are encouraged to take out small boats, as well as the Crystal Palace. Here is where you’ll find serenity (even as the park is surrounded by the current city of Madrid) and an unforgettable, relaxing afternoon.