Retiring to El Retiro

If you’re lucky, on your drive into Madrid from the airport, you’ll drive down Calle de Alfonso XII, past Parque de El Retiro for your first sight of one of the largest parks in the city. You’ll know after your first sighting that this special place is somewhere you’ll have to return one or two times.

There are a couple memorable ways to get to El Retiro. The first – and Margaret’s personal favorite – is along Calle de Serrano, one of Madrid’s best streets for shopping. If you so happen to track down the Manolo Blahnik store (hidden in a courtyard of stores back from the street), pop in and check out some of the Spanish fashion designer’s greatest works.

Your wardrobe will thank you, especially if you luck out and find a pair of hunter green, velvet Hangisi (exclusive to Spain) in your size! Not the most versatile piece, but a great memory to come home with!

The other benefit of this route is getting to see streets worth of beautiful triangular buildings.

The second route – equally as beautiful and more fiscally responsible – is past the Prado Museum and San Jeronimo el Real church.

Once you get into the park, wander down the perfectly kept sidewalks.

And find your favorite fountain.

Or row around the pond in front of the monument to Alfonso XII, dedicated to one of Spain’s most beloved monarchs, who tragically passed away just shy of his 28th birthday.

A real reprieve in the heart of a busy city – an afternoon at El Retiro is truly a pleasant retreat!

22 thoughts on “Retiring to El Retiro

  1. This was fun, Margaret! An armchair visit to a place I have honestly never thought of going! Always interesting to see another part of the world. Besides Canada, my out-of-country travels have been China and Australia.
    Hope you two are having a good week!
    Eva

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    1. Thanks for the nice comment, Eva! We will be posting more soon from our journey to Spain…please stay tuned! Hope your week is going well!

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  2. What lovely photos! Thank you 😀

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      1. It looks wonderful! I live vicariously through your adventures! 😀

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      2. We are happy to share them! Thanks for following!

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  3. Love the story and the photos especially the show story💚

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    1. Thanks a lot! Madrid has a little bit of everything!

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  4. Henrietta Dombrovskaya August 22, 2019 — 1:09 am

    Did you guys do a lot of fashion shopping in Spain? I purchase 99% of my clothes in Europe because then I am always different from the others, and stuff does not go out of style for years (primarily because in the US it was never in style on the first place :))

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    1. I agree completely! I always try to pick up a few closet staples and one or two special pieces when I’m in Europe. I always find unique pieces over there, and love putting something on that reminds me of a trip. I thought the shopping in Madrid was good, but I’ve come home with bigger hauls from London and Paris.

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      1. Henrietta Dombrovskaya August 22, 2019 — 3:41 am

        London and Paris are definitely more interesting, but I suspect that the prices in Spain are saner! Glad you share my passion for Europen clothing 🙂

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      2. Right back at you! Shopping is a dedicated activity when in Europe. Overall, Spain was more affordable, fashion included.

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  5. Thanks for sharing your adventures

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    1. Thanks for following along! Same to you!

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  6. How beautiful! We are going to visit Spain next month, but sadly, will not be in this area. We will visit Santiago and Barcelona.

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    1. That will be so much fun! Enjoy! We only saw a small part of beautiful Spain and we hope to explore more soon!

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  7. The shoes I have bought in Spain have been amazing!! Not been to Madrid, but I hope too soon!! Were those Manolo’s cheaper? If so, I am going sooner rather than later 😉

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    1. Well then hop on a plane soon because they were cheaper than in the US. And they have exclusive styles only available in Spain!

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  8. What a lovely place!!

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      1. You’re welcome 😇

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