Madrid: El Retiro Park
El Retiro Park, also known as Parque del Buen Retiro, is a large public park located in Madrid, Spain. The park covers 125 hectares and features several gardens, fountains, sculptures, and buildings of historical significance. Originally built in the 17th century as a retreat for the Spanish Monarchy, it became a public park in the late 19th century.
El Retiro Park is known for its iconic attractions such as the large man-made lake, Monument to Alfonso XII, Crystal Palace, and Rose Garden. Visitors can also find several walking paths, biking trails, and outdoor performance spaces throughout the park. Additionally, the park features several cafés and food stalls, making it a popular spot for picnics and gatherings. It is also known for its annual book fair, which takes place every spring.