I'm not usually someone that likes to wander around museums or parks, especially when its 100 degrees outside, but when I found myself near one of the entrances to Retiro Park, I decided to check it off my to-do list.
The park originally belonged to the Spanish Monarchy until the late 19th century, after which it became a public park. In addition to numerous sculptures and gardens, there's also a lake where you can rent rowboats, and the Palacio de Cristal, a glass building which houses temporary exhibitions.
Alfonso XII Monument.
The park is a popular place on the weekends, where people go to stroll through the park among the street performers, read a book in the shade, or have a drink at one of the outdoor cafes. Its also fairly close to the Prado Museum, if you want to check that off of your to-do list as well.
Palacio de Cristal.
I'm Becki...a part-time traveler and recovering expat back in the U.S. after two amazing years spent living in Spain.