The Retiro park or Buen Retiro park, popularly known as El Retiro, is a historic garden and public park located in Madrid (Spain). Considered one of the main tourist attractions of the city, it houses numerous architectural, sculptural and landscape ensembles from the 17th to the 21st centuries.

A little history about El Retiro

It was built in the first half of the seventeenth century in the landscape project developed for the Buen Retiro Palace, an old royal possession created by the Count-Duke of Olivares for the enjoyment of Philip IV, who was his favorite. Its use as an urban park dates back to 1767, the year in which Carlos III allowed the entrance of the public for recreational purposes and, definitively, from 1868, when it came under the ownership of the Madrid City Council.

Parque de El Retiro
Parque de El Retiro – Imagen Aérea


Although there are no official data on the number of visits received, the Retiro is one of the busiest places in Madrid. Not only is it one of the largest parks in the city, but it also has many monumental, cultural, sports and leisure attractions that make it one of the main tourist attractions in Madrid.

What to see inside the Retiro Park

Useful / Tourist Information

Address Plaza de la Independencia, 7. 28014 Madrid. MAPA
Telephone 914 00 87 40
How to get Metro
Retiro (L2)
1, 2, 9, 14, 15, 19, 20, 26, 28, 32, 51, 52, 61, 63, 74, 146, 152, 202, C1, C2
Train / Cercanías
Schedule Open every day
Spring – Summer: April – September 06:00 – 0:00 h.
Autumn – winter: October – March 06:00 – 22:00 h.
Price Free