The Buen Retiro Park is over 350 acres so it is difficult to explore all of it. Most people gravitate towards the major landmarks. One section easy to miss is along Avenida Menéndez Pelayo. Cecilio Rodriguez Gardens features sculptured hedges and trees and blooming flowers along checkerboard promenades. Your stroll will not be encumbered by crowds. However, you may encounter an occasional peacock. This delightful respite is named after the gardener who developed it during the 1940’s.