Monthly Archives: June 2017

El Parterre at Parque del Retiro, Madrid

received_1056823247753044If by chance you wander through the western portion of Parque del Retiro, you shall certainly not miss the Parterre — a beautiful and calm spot within Madrid‘s most popular urban park.

Especially if you are already familiar with this particular garden, or plaza as many others consider it, you should be used to the steady flow of visitors who love to stay and hang around for long periods of time, presumably to enjoy the beautiful views and calm surroundings that the place has to offer.

The exotic flora, the wide beds of colorful flowers, and fountains are the main reasons why Parterre is easily one of the most visited sections of Retiro Park.  Also, there are plenty of benches for everyone to sit and take some rest after a tiring day traveling around the city, and the tall trees and bushes on the sides quickly offer cool shades during the hot, sunny day.

Without a doubt, like other important spots such as Palacio de Velazquez and Roselada, Parterre is one of the reasons why people love to go and spend endless hours inside the Retiro Park.

2017_061818_3523_591Feast your eyes on these interesting, oddly-shaped trees that lined the area near the fountain. The leaves are so thick and dense that the trees are sure to offer great shade during a hot sunny day. Known as eucalyptus, they are  guess what makes this part of the park very unique.

2017_061818_3646_046Also present in the park is the fountain, created around 1841. From the brick walls jots the water fixtures, which basically are made of shells and fishes. It is known as the Fuente de la Concha

2017_061818_3842_125Museo del Prado, one of the city’s major museums, directly faces the garden

How to reach:

2017_061818_4008_249The garden can be reached through one of the major entrances of Retiro, which is the Puerta de Felipe IV, from which you can start your walk by promenading the street of Alfonso XII. You know that you are near the garden Parterre if you encounter a few of the park’s most popular landmarks, such as the Estanque Grande, Bosque del Requerdo, and the Columpos.

Go via Metro: Once inside the park, it’s easy to get to the garden. But when going to Retiro, you can ride Line 2. Atocha and Atocha Renfe Stations are Line 1 stations near the park, at Puerta del Angel Caido. You can also get off at Retiro Metro, which is part of Line 2 and located right within.

Bus: You can take autobus 51 and 27, EMT bus lines that pass by Retiro Park

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Parque Europa – Little Europe of Madrid

Parque Europa might not be even a bit comparable to world-famous theme parks such as Euro-Disney of Paris or the Ocean World of California USA, but definitely it is well worth your time going there. For one thing, you can stay inside without having to spend a single dime. Entrance to the park is free. Found within Torrejón de Ardoz, one of the Community of Madrid, the parque is quite sizable and there is adequate space for any activity that you and family or friends might want to engage in. Likewise, you can bring your own food and drinks inside. In fact, there is a portion of the park filled with tables and benches for visitors to eat and rest.

You can stay inside the park, seat on a bench, and be in touch with nature all day long. Varieties of well-manicured plants, bushes, and trees abound, while roads and pathways are well-paved to allow easy access from one place to another.

But beautiful flora is not only what Parque Europe has to offer, but attractions and rides as well. The most popular rides are zip-line, pony riding, and boating along the lagoon. Food stands, restaurants, and vending machines are found in strategic places throughout the park.

But its best attractions are the replicas of the premier landmarks and monuments of major European countries. There are at least 17 of these impressive structures, with the Eiffel Tower, London Bridge, and the Trevi Fountain as three of the most popular ones. Visit Parque Europa and experience all the fun things that it has to offer.

Have a taste of Europe via these Exciting Mini-European Landmarks

Torre de Belem of Lisboa, Portugal

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Puerta de Alcalá of Madrid, Spain

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Garden Pathway

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The Little Mermaid of Copenhagen

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Ayuntamiento de Madrid at Puerta del Sol

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Dutch Windmills of Holland

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London Bridge (As seen from C/ Antonio de Solis)2017_052918_1656_946

London Bridge (Side)

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Plaza de Europa

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El Atomium of Brussels

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Biblical King David by Michaelangelo

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Eiffel Tower of Paris, France

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Trevi Fountain of Rome

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Puerta de Brandeburgo of Berlín

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Activities to do inside

Boat ride at the Lagoon

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Biking

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Pony ride

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Picnic with family and friends

2017_052922_4909_399We enjoyed our lunch on one of the picnic tables found near the Puerta de Brandeburgo

Dine at Restaurante El Mirador de Europa

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How you can get to Parque Europa:

Parque Europa is a major attraction of Torrejón de Ardoz, a nearby Madrid town. You can reach this recreational park from Madrid proper by taking Cercanías train C-7. As soon as you reach Torrejon, you will have to take autobus C2 to arrive at Parque Europa. You will reach your destination in under 1 hour, or approximately 45 minutes. The cheapest way to get to the park from Torrejón De Ardoz is by autobus 224A

Gates/Entrances to the park:

2017_052918_1535_151Most visitors enter by the front of the Brandenburg Gate, along Paseo de los Cipreses. Another gate is by the Puerta de Alcala replica, found at Calle Hilados. Another means of access to the park is via Calle Compass, at the corner of Alamo Street.

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