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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