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Paseo del Prado and Buen Retiro: New UNESCO World Heritage Site

By | 5 August, 2021 | 0 comments

Parque del Retiro

The Landscape of Light was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site on July 25th, in the Chinese city of Fuzhou, and includes the Paseo del Prado between Cibeles and the Plaza del Emperador Carlos V, in Atocha, the Retiro Park and the Jeronimos neighborhood.

Visiting Madrid in August has its advantages. You will find the city empty, perfect time to enjoy the best museums with few people and without crowds, a luxury that can only be enjoyed in August. Paseo del Prado and Buen Retiro are now part of the privileged catalog of the category of Landscape of Arts and Sciences. This extraordinary urban environment, where culture, science and nature have coexisted since the mid-16th century, finally obtains its deserved recognition.

Did you know that the Prado Promenade was the first European urban tree-lined promenade? As incredible as it may sound, it is true. It was used by citizens as a place for recreation since the 15th century and Philip II was in charge of conditioning and beautifying the boulevard with trees and fountains. It was during the Enlightenment period, specifically under the reign of Charles III, when the most important urban planning intervention took place in this enclave, which would become a model for many Spanish and Latin American cities.

Parque del Retiro

The concentration of institutions that agglomerates this area is impressive. Here you can find the Palacio de Cibeles, current seat of the Madrid City Hall, the Bank of Spain, la Casa de América, the Army Headquarters (Buenavista Palace), the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, the Congress of Deputies, the Stock Exchange, the Navy Headquarters, the Naval Museum, the Prado Museum, the National Museum of Decorative Arts, the Royal Spanish Academy of Language, the Hieronymites Church, the Royal Botanical Garden, the Royal Astronomical Observatory, the National Museum of Anthropology, the headquarters of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Environment, the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality, the Cuesta de Moyano, the Caixa Forum and the Reina Sofia National Museum and Art Center, among others.

Puerta de Alcalá

In addition, there is a list of well-known monuments such as the Puerta de Alcalá, the fountains of Cibeles, Apolo and Neptuno, the Artichoke fountain, the Obelisk to the Fallen or the monument to Alfonso XII in the pond of El Retiro. It includes more than 21 assets of cultural interest and many of the funds and collections it contains are of universal dimension as the Royal Academy, the works of Goya, Velázquez, Picasso, the collections of plates and archive of the Royal Botanical Garden or the Herschfeld telescope.

Become part of the landscape of the Arts and Sciences by staying at Hospes Puerta de Alcalá, in the very Puerta de Alcalá.

Hospes Puerta de Alcalá

Choose 5 stars comfort, wellness and the best location, in the landscape of the Arts and Sciences.

The hotel is a royal estate from the end of the 19th century in the heart of the capital, in the Salamanca district, located in Puerta de Alcalá and in front of the inspiring Retiro Park. It is a beautiful building designed by the architect José María de Aguilar in 1883, which today houses a welcoming combination of elegance, architecture, gastronomy and revitalizing purity.

Suite with views to Puerta de Alcalá

Bodyna Spa by Hospes Puerta de Alcala – Relax and Wellness

Enjoy an authentic oasis in the heart of the always vibrant Madrid, a world of sensations that allows unique experiences. The Bodyna Spa has a subway access from the hotel, with an imposing presence from the Chill-Out patio. The former stables house the best services and equipment for your relaxation and well-being.

Spa Bodyna Puerta de Alcalá

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