El Retiro in Madrid is a great oasis of the Spanish capital, a corner where you can forget the traffic, purchases , stress and frantic life that confront us every day in this large city. It is beautiful during the whole year, but in spring it boasts its highest splendour and, on weekends, it is a meeting point for those who visit or live in the centre of the capital.
Gardens of El Buen Retiro, with lake, boats, exhibitions in El Palacio de Cristal, puppeteers and jugglers, form a unique attraction in Madrid that must be enjoyed with calm, as when you savour a delicious dessert.
A good option to experience it is organising a picnic day, an ideal plan both with partner or children. If you stay in some hotel close to El Retiro, it is likely that they make you something cold to take-away or there are a lot of shops and take away restaurants where you can buy a sandwich or a lemonade to recharge batteries before going to the park.
For this flowers time, when plants offer their best side, one of the most interesting areas of El Retiro is the botanical path, which passes along 8km and from where you can watch almost a hundred of species of different trees, among which you will find the oldest tree of Madrid. Giant sequoias, orange trees, Japanese maple, almond trees, acacias, olive trees, strawberry trees… If you really want to make the most of the trip and live near to the charm of this park area, you can book a room with views to El Retiro next to the Alfonso XII street.
Other of the most comfortable places for a spring picnic in El Retiro is the pier area, next to the botanical route and Fuente de los Galápagos, or Palacio de Cristal, where you will find several nooks to lie down and relax under the trees shade.
Spring art in El Palacio de Cristal
El Palacio de Cristal in El Retiro has an exhibition room which is one of the two seats of the Reina Sofia Museum. Free entrance all the days of the week, from April to September (except May 1th), in a uninterrupted schedule from 10 to 22 hours.
If you get accommodation close the El Retiro park for this Easter, you could enjoy the art exhibition of the French Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster named Splendide Hotel. It intends to be an interactive exhibition where public is who gives meaning to it. The subject is about literature and cinema as art forms and their limitations when it is time to transmit sensations.
The exhibition, opened the last March 14th, will keep open until August 31th of this year.
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