West of the Jardín de los Planteles in the Parque del Buen Retiro is the moving Bosque del Recuerdo, an understated memorial to the 191 victims of the 11…
Must see attractions in Madrid
- BBosque del Recuerdo
- EEdificio Carrión
The eye-catching Edificio Carrión, on the corner of Gran Vía and Calle de Jacometrezo, was Madrid’s first pre-WWI tower-block apartment hotel. It is now…
- PPalacio de Velázquez
Between the lake and the Palacio de Cristal, the sober 1883 Palacio de Velázquez is used for temporary exhibitions organised by the Centro de Arte Reina…
- EEdificio Grassy
Edificio Grassy, with the Rolex sign, was built in 1916. With its circular ‘temple’ as a crown, and profusion of arcs and slender columns, it’s one of the…
- JJardín de los Planteles
Occupying much of the southwestern corner of the park is the Jardín de los Planteles, one of the least-visited sections of El Retiro, where quiet pathways…
- PPuerta de Dante
The Puerta de Dante, in the extreme southeastern corner of the Parque del Buen Retiro, is watched over by a carved mural of Dante’s Inferno.
- JJardín del Príncipe Anglona
Down the bottom (at the northern side) of the Plaza de la Paja is the walled 18th-century Jardín del Príncipe Anglona. It's a peaceful garden.
- AArmería Real
Part of the Palacio Real, the Armería Real showcases weapons and striking suits of armour, mostly dating from the 16th and 17th centuries.
- LLa Rosaleda
At the southern end of the Parque del Buen Retiro is La Rosaleda with its more than 4000 roses.
- SStatue of Felipe IV
This important landmark in the centre of the Plaza de Oriente was unveiled in 1843.
- BBanco de España
Built in 1891, Spain's national bank is perfectly suited to Plaza de la Cibeles.
- CCementerio de la Florida
Across the train tracks east of the Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida is the cemetery where 43 rebels executed by Napoleon’s troops are buried. They…
- IIglesia del Sacramento
Just down the hill from the Plaza de la Villa is the 18th-century baroque remake of the Iglesia del Sacramento, the central church of the Spanish army.
- PPalacio del Senado
Spain's Senate building, which dates to the 16th century, is imposing rather than beautiful. It's closed to the public.
- SStatue of Cristobel Colón
This understated monument to Spain's favourite explorer has stood here since the 1880s.
- MMonumento al Descubrimiento
Important landmark dedicated to the discoveries made by Cristobel Colon (Columbus).