The Retiro park cannot be missed on a list of quiet spots to visit in Madrid. Having lived right next to the park (lucky me!), it is our favourite spot to cross stitch and relax in Madrid. We also made most of our punch needle projects sitting on benches or picnicking in this park.
The retiro park is big. Really big for a city park. It’s is beautifully maintained and very diverse. There are crowded areas (from the boat lake towards the Puerta de Alcala), but also many quiet spots to discover. And if you are looking for some inspiration, you can find 3 free temporary art exhibitions centres in the park. They are open all year round.
We love to go during the week as it’s less populated and you can fully enjoy the hidden gems in the park. A coffee is always nearby with ample terrases.
You can find us in the Jardines de Cecilio stitching on a quiet bench in front of the peacocks. This area is like a park in the park, being surrounded by extra fences and with slightly reduced opening hours. It’s a symatric garden with pretty flowers and trees.
When we feel like a bit more buzz, we move to a bench in front of the Palacio de Cristal dreaming of organising a craft party inside the stunning Orangerie. And when its warm weather, we hunt for a bench in the shades of all the trees in the Jardines de los Plantelles.
One tip: If you are going for a picknick craft session: Watch out for the automatic sprinklers. We had a fun suprise mid summer when we enjoyed a late cross stitch session in the park ;-). The sprinklers were nicely hidden and suddenly popped out from the grass. Hi-la-ri-ous.