Fuente de los Galapagos
Fuente de los Galapagos
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Neighbourhood: Ensanche de Vallecas
How to get there
  • Retiro • 3 min walk
  • Ibiza • 8 min walk
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Jack
Old Bethpage, NY3,113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The Fuente de Los Galapagos is a beautiful fountain at the entrance to the Retiro Park. Along the fountain are statues of children and dolphins.
Written 28 June 2024
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,732 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
Located in Parque Retiro is this lovely fountain commissioned by Ferdinand VII to commemorate the first birthday of Princess Isabella. The fountain stands amongst the many great monuments, statues, other fountains and just the general beautiful green space of the park.

The fountain shows three fairies offering their gifts to the princess and the sculpture reflects good wishes for the future queen. Just below that are four children, playfully riding on dolphin, each representing the virtues the king wished upon the princess, that of intelligence, wisdom and prudence; the marine elements represent fertility. The name of the fountain is in reference to the Galápagos tortoises around the base symbolising longevity.

Worth seeing if in the park.
Written 14 April 2019
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK830,453 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
The most famous park in Madrid is Parque De El Retiro ,in the park are superb statue's and fountains and amazingly well kept garden area's ,my twin brother Stephen and I were in the park on a roasting hot August afternoon and we passed this fountain that looked fabulous ,viewed it before on previous holidays to Madrid and it still impresses me.
Fuente De Los Galapagos was commissioned by Ferdinand VII in honour of the first birthday of Princess Isabella,the fountain looks superb ,so well detailed ,there's three fairies offering gifts ,the four children riding the dolphins are so ornately carved and the statues of the various frogs and tortoises are very cute ,it's such a wonderful fountain to view if you're thinking on visiting Retiro Park.
Written 9 October 2023
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Steve_of_N21
London, UK3,054 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Known as the Galápagos Fountain or Isabella II Fountain, It was originally commissioned by Ferdinand VII to commemorate the first anniversary of the birth of Princess Isabella, later to become Isabella In. It was originally constructed in Plaza Red de San Luis in 1832 and remained there for nearly 50 years until it was moved to Retiro Park in 1879, near the big lake and the bandstand.
Constantly spouting water whenever we walked past it, the fountain shows three fairies offering their gifts to the Princess and the dolphins ridden by four children are meant to represent intelligence, wisdom and prudence. The marine elements represent fertility, as water and the Galápagos tortoises symbolise longevity.
Written 26 May 2023
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK830,453 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Friends
Fuente De Los Galapagos is yet another beautiful fountain to be found in Parque Del Retiro.
Walking around this beautiful park you come across so many interesting statues and things of interest and this fountain certainly caught my eye.
Commissioned by Ferdinand VII in honour of the first birthday of Pricess Isabella, it's a beautiful piece of architecture, there's three fairies offering gifts,4 children riding dolphins, a couple of frogs and a couple of tortoises, all beautifully detailed, this beautiful fountain is very photogenic and makes for some great photographic opportunities and if your planning a visit to Retiro Park most definitely well worth checking out.
Written 11 September 2019
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia49,839 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
Fuente de los Galapagos is a beautiful fountain. It is in a lovely spot in Parque del Retiro. We had no idea what all the different sculptures meant until we looked it up. Very interesting indeed. It was built in early 19th century by Ferdinand VII to commemorate the first anniversary of the birth of Princess Isabella, who later became Queen. Three fairies are offering gifts to the princess. The dolphins ridden by four children are associated with intelligence, wisdom and prudence; the marine elements represent fertility, as water is the source of all life, and the Galápagos tortoises symbolise longevity. The tortoises also give the fountain its name. Additionally the fountain also supplied water to the locals. The park itself belonged to the royals, until it was given to the public in the late 19th century. Worth a special visit!
Written 16 July 2019
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LG_Kay
Singapore, Singapore7,512 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Solo
This fountain is located on the northern end of Retiro Park. It has 4 little angels riding the dolphins, whose mouths act as water jets. There are 2 tortoises and 2 frogs jetting out water too. Beautiful red flowers surround the fountain. Worth to drop by and take a photo here.
Written 10 August 2018
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sheepygold
london5,376 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
I really liked this fountain which is located at a main intersection of paths to the north east of the park. Not so many tourists make it here but it is worth coming to this area as there are many lesser but interesting sights like this one.
Written 13 March 2017
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ11,681 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Solo
This fountain went up in 1832 to commemorate the first birthday of Princess Isabella, who became Isabella II. Though the figures of cherubs riding dolphins and those of frogs and turtles spouting water would likely delight a young child as much as they fascinated me, allegory runs rampant here. The dolphins represent intelligence, wisdom and prudence; marine details, fertility; and Galapagos tortoises, longevity. All seem quite fitting for a birthday tribute.

I came upon this fountain while exploring Parque del Retiro, where the granite and limestone creation stands in the Nicaragua roundabout near the northern end of the big lake. Red flowers surrounded its basin on that hot August day and the water flowed. I stood there for a while, enjoying a slight -- very slight -- cooling effect.

Fuente de los Galapagos has only been in the park since 1879. It went up first in the Red de San Luis, where it was a public water supply. Those entering or exiting the park via Calle de Alcala or Plaza de la Independencia will be quite near the fountain.
Written 17 February 2017
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tRAVellerOfTheW0rld
Almere, The Netherlands1,726 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
Fuente de los Galápagos (Fountain of the Turtles) also called Fuente de Isabel II, is a beautiful fountain located at Plaza de Nicaragua on the north-west side of the famous Retiro Park. The fountain is designed by Francisco Javier de Marietegui and sculpted in granite and limestone by José Tomás. The fountain was inaugurated in 1832 to celebrate the birth of Princess and later Queen Isabel II. The fountain consist of an upper shell-shaped spout on a cup supported by a palm shaped column. At the feet of this column are four children, each sitting on a dolphin. Below the children are three steps and at the level of the second step are two turtles and two frogs, facing all in a different direction. The fountain is named after these turtles. The fountain was originally placed at Red de San Luis, near the Gran Via and served as a public water supply from 1839 till 1858. In 1868 the fountain was moved to Plaza de Santa Ana and in 1879 it was relocated to its current location at Plaza de Nicaragua at Retiro Park, near Puerta de Alcala and the large pond in the park.
When we visited the Retiro Park in May 2014, the fountain was not operational. I found pictures of the working fountain and normally there is water spouting out of the top shell, the dolphins the turtles and frogs. It would be a marvelous sight to see the fountain spouting water.
There is also another beautiful fountain in the south-west of Retiro Park called Fuente de la Alcachofa (Artichoke Fountain) which is a beautiful Baroque fountain located on the Plaza de la Republica de Honduras.
Written 15 October 2014
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