Everyone will be delighted to see La Roselada or the Rose Garden, a heavenly piece of land found in a strategic corner inside the Retiro Park of Madrid, Spain. The whole area forms an elliptical shape, and is surrounded by beautifully trimmed hedges that are grown to a proper height; this allows passersby to have a peek of the garden from the outside.
This is precisely what I did, I peeked, excited to see what’s in store for me inside. I arrived some 30 minutes before 10AM and so, I walked around the outside perimeter while waiting for the garden’s gate to open to the public.
Most flower plots have labels upon them — and so visitors would realize that many of the roses are varieties that originated from all over Europe. It was a beautiful park creation by the city’s chief garden then (in 1915) – Cecilio Rodriguez. He wanted to recreate the divinely beautiful rose gardens found in other major European capitals.
Now it boasts of thousands of roses of popular varieties to the appreciation of tourists and rose lovers. Definitely, this garden is one of the many spots that y0u should see if you must visit the Parque El Buen Retiro.
The rose garden’s fountain offers a enchanting accent to the park
Winding pathways sprawl neatly in between continuous plots in order for visitors to better examine and appreciate the flowers
Roses of striking red-pink hue in full bloom at the La Roselada de Parque de Retiro
Many of the rose varieties come from other European countries like this Botticelle rose of France
I visited the garden this September, a time when the number of roses of various colors and sizes are still wanting. But wait till you visit the place during the month of May or June — this is the perfect season as there is a great abundance of roses in full bloom
Madrid Attractions and Landmarks Nearby
1. Puerta de la Independencia — triumphal arc monument in Madrid
2. Palacio de Cibeles — The city hall. Also known as the Palacio de Communicaciones. It is a white, granite-constructed building that houses the CentroCentro arts and cultural center of the city
3. Atocha Train Station – One of the important Renfe train/Metro stations of Madrid
4. Puerta del Sol – the city’s most popular main square
5. Prado Museum – Belongs to Madrid’s museum triad
Where to Find
The La Roselada is located inside the Retiro Park of Madrid, bordered by Paseo de Uruguay and Fernán Núñez.
Metro: Take Line 2 and get off at the Retiro Station, which is conveniently located inside the park. Other Stations near Retiro are Atocha and Atocha Renfe of Line 1. Take autobus number 51 if you want to reach it via bus — it stops right at the entrance of Retiro at Alcala.
April to September: 10AM to 8PM
October to March: 10AM to 6PM