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Retiro is one of Madrid's poshest neighbourhoods. Far more relaxed than neighbouring Salamanca, Retiro is named after the massive park lying within its boundaries - the Parque del Buen Retiro.

The Parque del Buen Retiro is Madrid’s lungs. It is ideal for a relaxing day around nature or for practicing several sports: from cycling, skating and jogging, to tennis, paddle and football. You can have a picnic on the grass under the shade of ancient trees, you can rent a boat on the pond or see the different street artists who have puppet shows or are playing music. Inside the El Retiro Park you’ll find the most modern and bright library of the area - the Biblioteca Eugenio Trías.

Next to El Retiro, lies the Prado museum. The Prado is the most important museum in Spain and one of the most important art museums in the world. Here, you’ll find works from most of the major painters since the Renaissance, including the Spanish geniuses El Greco, Velazquez, Goya and Picasso. Besides that, the Prado also has temporary exhibitions of past and contemporary global artists.

The neighbours

Retiro's proximity to the park's open spaces and fresh air make it an area popular with upper/middle class families with kids.

You'll fall in love with

The Prado Museum's Botanical Gardens. A wonder of trees, plants and flowers that are over 300 years old and where you can find a big variety of plant species in the world.

Interesting points

The statue of the Fallen Angel – the only one in the world depicting the devil – is El Retiro’s main attraction, but there is also a rose garden with roses of all colours.

The lifestyle

Retiro is still a fairly authentic neighbourhood of Madrid. The park really gives the whole area a peaceful nature, which is unique this close to the centre of Madrid.