This park encompasses nearly 309 acres and is home to more than 15,000 trees and some very significant gardens.
Perhaps it's the elaborate fountains, colonnaded monuments and wide basins that give this sprawling park an Italianate feel. Or maybe it has to do with the Italian Renaissance architects who collaborated on the design of this grandiose green space that was also the original location of the Royal Palace in the 17th century.
A necessary retreat from the heat and activity of the city, the Buen Retiro is an enchanting garden reminiscent of the Belle Epoque era. Here, in the center of the city, visitors can rent a small boat on the Crystal Palace lake, bring their children to a marionette show, or simply stroll the tree-lined alleys and admire the statuary after a hard day's work.
Photo by Carlos Delgado