The Paseo del Prado is one of the main boulevards in Madrid, Spain while the Buen Retiro Park, Retiro Park or simply El Retiro is one of the largest parks of the city of Madrid, Spain. The park belonged to the Spanish Monarchy until the late 19th century, when it became a public park.
“El Retiro” is Madrid’s most famous park and you can spend a whole day exploring Retiro for its wide range of attractions. From ornate fountains, statues of Spanish writers and heroes, gazebos and open-air cafés, to a central lake for rowing, the oldest tree in Madrid (planted in 1633) and the “The Fallen Angel” statue, or the world’s only publicly commissioned statue of Lucifer.
On the other hand, the Paseo del Prado is densely tree-lined, wide and central avenue where it serves as a landmark for the city residents and the location of important cultural and tourist spots in the city, including the so-called Golden Triangle of Art, which encompasses three museums: the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, and the Reina Sofia Museum.
In a statement, Spain’s foreign ministry said the Paseo del Prado “was one of the first boulevards inside the city limits of all European cities and capitals…where all citizens, without distinction of class, could enjoy leisure and a stroll”. The Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez was also quick to celebrate the news of its listing as world heritage, tweeting “Deserved recognition for a space in the capital that enhances our historic, artistic and cultural legacy”.