You can't really miss the tower next to the large pond in El Retiro park; it's a monument built by Mariano Benlliure in 1887 as a tribute to the memory of King Alfonso XII, and it's supported by a pedestal that's over 20 meters high. What you may not know is that there's quite the lookout point up there, a whole glass-enclosed room from which you can take in not only the park's paths and lush vegetation, but also some of the most emblematic buildings and neighbourhoods Madrid has to show off. After 30 years being closed, it has recently reopened its doors, giving us the perfect excuse to appreciate Madrid from above.
When we think about beautiful places, glorious parks and gardens we can enjoy any time of the year come immediately to mind, as do historic buildings that we've all heard about but maybe never visited. What you might not realise is you don't have to leave the Community of Madrid to enjoy other atypical scenes, such as a garden taken from the Arizona desert. Or what about the city's 'hospital' that looks after the well-being of the Artistic Heritage of Spain and that, because of its architectural importance is itself part of the national heritage. We could go on like this for ages, but we'd rather help you discover it all bit by bit with this selection of beautiful places (some are even little secrets) that are worth visiting in Madrid as we enjoy our amazing city and all it has to offer.