After a night of complete rest at my hotel located in the downtown area of Madrid, I recovered from the jetlag and decided to tour the city the next day. I asked the hotelier about the availability of any taxis, and he arranged one for me.
I had already planned and picked the best places to visit in Madrid, so I started with the first on my list; Buen Retiro Park! It is one of the largest parks in Madrid. It has been now converted to a park for public use after the 19th century preceding which it was under the Spanish monarchy.
The park is 350 acres in area and is situated towards the edge of the city center. It houses magnificent sculptures, monuments, a serene lake, exquisite galleries and hosts many events too. I was completely enthralled by its beauty and maintenance. It is one of the premier attractions in Madrid and is now completely surrounded by the present-day city. It is home to Palacio de Velázquez, Crystal Palace, and Casa de Vacas which host art galleries.
The Paseo de la Argentina also called the Statue Walk has some of the famous sculptures from the Royal Palace constructed between 1750 and 1753. To commemorate the 191 victims of 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks, Forest of the Departed is built inside the park. It is a reminder of the brutality witnessed by the Spanish on that day.
Monument to General Arsenio Martínez-Campos by Mariano Benlliure, Fountain of the Fallen Angel, Rosaleda del Retiro, Casita del Pescador, Monument to Alfonso XII and Crystal Palace are some of the main attractions of the park. The park presents a beautiful picturesque landscape for everyone to enjoy.
I felt rejuvenated after this visit. Free concerts, a place for old people to exercise, puppet shows around the lake, rowboats in thelake, playgrounds for children, a niche for cyclists and rollerbladers, sports courts for a variety of events all this is provided by the Buen Retiro Park in Madrid. I enjoyed every inch of the park and then set off to my next destination; Museo del Prado.