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Madrid Attraction: The Crystal Palace of Buen Retiro Park

imageI’m having a break from my day trip adventures, even if I admit I always have the best times whenever I go to these beautiful nearby towns, the last being Avila, Manzanares el Real and Chincon. These three Spanish pueblos are such fascinating Spanish pueblos I advise everyone to also visit and explore.

But for now, time to focus again on the city proper and feature yet another entrancing Madrid attraction. This morning, I found myself in front of the Puerta de Alcala, in front of the city´s premier park. Entering through the park’s entrance in front of the Plaza de la Independencia, I’m set to visit a popular edifice within — beautiful park attraction.

Palacio de Cristal de Retiro

Crystal Palace is located at Madrid, Spain‘s premier park and garden, the Buen Retiro Park. The edifice is located along Paseo de Cuba, and a popular venue for various exhibits featuring various forms of arts and culture. Its very first exhibit happened in the 1887’s international exhibition, when it housed a wide variety of plants and animals from the Philippines.

What is the building of the Crystal Palace made of?

Main construction components are metal and glass, with the latter abundantly used as walls and ceilings to allow sufficient sunshine to to pass through. Consequently, this provides ample natural lighting inside the palace.

If only for the glass-and-metal make of the building, this renders the Crystal as one of the most attractive spots of the Retiro Park. Needless to say, the edifice-monument is one of the reasons why throngs of people are enticed to visit the park every day.

imageThe lush flora, the fountain in the midst of the pond, the pond itself, and the tiny water falls in the background — they all add to the beauty to the surroundings of the palace

Because of the lush greenery that surrounds the area, as well as the pond found in its front, the outdoor surrounding of the palace is as enjoyable to walk around as its interior. The tall and thick flora provides cool shade for people to enjoy as they pass through the palace and its vicinity. The pond is home to some wild ducks swimming in its water, which is a warm, interesting scene to enjoy.

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How to go to Crystal Palace

The edifice is royal and stately in appearance, which is why it was named a palace, in the first place. I was utterly mesmerized the first time I went there. And since then, I’ve been to the site for as much as I can, whenever I am in the area of Alcala or Puerta del Sol. The tranquility of the surroundings, the  pond, the ducks floating in the water, the fountain, and the palace itself have a calming effect, and so, I always come out of the park as devoid of tiredness and totally refreshed. Take some time to visit the Crystal Palace yourself, I assure you it will be worth your while.

Direccion de Palacio de Cristal: Inside the Buen Retiro Park, you can reach the site via Paseo Republica de Cuba or Paseo Fernan Nunez

Nearby Retiro sites: Jardines de Cecilio Rodriguez, Palacio de Velazquez

Horario: Open from 10AM to 10PM

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Los Jardines de Cecilio Rodriguez in Retiro Park, Madrid

imageIf you’re looking to visit a nice garden in Madrid, Spain and don’t want to pay any admission fee (actually, there are many in the city that are free, while some ask for a minimal amount for you to enter), one of the best is the picturesque garden inside Retiro Park that was a creation of the city’s official park gardener (or the Jadinero Mayor de Retiro) – Cecilio Rodriguez. He designed a garden I thought is very much pleasing to the eyes – one that bears his name. Rodriguez was the director of Madrid’s parks and gardens, and also responsible for created the rose garden or Rosaleda, another beautiful and well-maintained garden within the Retiro Park.

imageThe entrance gates to the garden doesn’t open until 10 in the morning
imageThe garden is not only filled with carefully trimmed hedges but brightly-colored and blooming flowers as well
imageI stay beside this fountain all day. With its clear water, this garden feature does have a calming effect on anyone who sets his sight on it
imageRows of low plants of green and red dominate much of this area of the garden, while lining both sides of the pond. Water spouts from a number of fountains installed thru the length of the pond, making for an attractive view

imageBrick and stone edifice located on the side area of the garden. It is said to be a venue where gardening courses are held, and where garden tools and equipment are kept.

imageThe clean walkways of checkered tiles makes you want to stay and spend more time exploring the Los Jardines de Cecilio Rodriguez

imageThe pavilion building inside the garden, made of bricks and glass. I chanced on a film-showing (that’s how I observed the goings-on from the outside) the last time I visited the garden

imageThe garden has a handsome feature to boast about – its pergola, or some parallel colonnades supporting an open roof of long wooden rafters. It offers light shade for you to stay in and cool down while visiting the gardens on a hot sunny afternoon

image The garden features a pond filled with striving, floating lilies. In the middle of the greenish water are a number of rocks from which sculptures of birds appear to be taking flight.

Horarios:

Summer time: 10:00AM to 8PM
Winter season: 10:00AM to 6PM

Entrance:

Free everyday

How to go:

imageThe Cecilio Rodriguez Gardens is found right within the Retiro Park area of Madrid, along Paseo de Uruguay. It is near the Palacio de Cibeles and the Plaza de la Independencia.

Metro: Line 2 to Retiro station. Line 1 to Atocha and Atocha Renfe Metro stations (Currently, however, line 1 is under renovation, and will be available on November).

Bus: Number 51 (stops near the entrance of Retiro, at La Independencia, Alcala).

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