Retiro

The Retiro holds the city's best-known park, the Parque del Buen Retiro, and the neighborhood’s borders extend both to the east and west of Madrid’s green lung. The area between the western side of the park and the Paseo del Prado, which used to be part of the park until it was sold to the Estate and built during the rule of Isabel II, showcases some of the city's most exclusive, expensive, and sought-after real estate. The area on the opposite side of the park is livelier, with many quality tapas bars and less expensive restaurants.

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Palacio de Cibeles

This ornate building on the southeast side of Plaza de la Cibeles, built at the start of the 20th century…

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San Jerónimo el Real

Ferdinand and Isabella used this church and cloister behind the Prado Museum as a retiro, or place of meditation—hence the…

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Real Fábrica de Tapices

Tired of the previous monarchs' dependency on the Belgian and Flemish thread mills and craftsmen, King Felipe V decided to…

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