Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro), Madrid

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Take a few moments out of your tour of the city to rest at Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro), noted for its marble monuments, elegant buildings, abundant greenery, and landscaped lawns. Laid out in the 17th century, the park was originally meant to be a secluded space for kings and queens. Opened to the public in 1868, this site is an ideal place for a leisurely stroll, relaxing picnic, or an entertaining boat ride around the artificial lake, the focal point of the park. Art exhibitions and live music performances are frequently held here on the weekends, drawing hundreds of curious visitors from around the country. If you prefer a bit of peace and quiet, you can always find a lush secret corner far away from the noisy crowds. Add Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro) to your Madrid travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Madrid online holiday planner .
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  • Beautiful place, worth a visit! We went to the Museo Reina Sofia and then we walk there, I want to go back in the spring!
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  • The Park is very beautiful but lack a little animation. Pity that the access to the Lake in the center of the Park is paying...
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  • a must for those visiting Madrid. relaxing walk in the city center. full of statues and monuments.
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  • Fantastic city Park in the middle of Madrid. Wonderful Chrystal Palace opposite a lovely water body with cute Turtles. Many different areas of interest within the park with superb architectural masterpieces along with a museum. Plenty of options for food and drinks. Could easily spend a day in it. Great connectivity with a metro stop within the Park.
  • Retiro is a huge park in Madrid that I have visited a few times now and still have not seen everything, it's that big! Photos are from my last visit when we explored the old zoo area which was Fascinating and there is still plenty of wildlife to see within the park. The landscaping once out of the zoo is stunning. It's a well kept park, it's clean and tidy (very little graffiti,) there are drinking fountains dotted around, as well as refreshment vans if you don't mind paying, kids climbing frames round every corner and plenty for everyone to do. Quite a wonderful place that makes you forget you're in the middle of a capital city
  • I would say this is the greatest park in Madrid. Is very close to the center with a beautiful lake where you can have a boat ride if you want. Lets not forget to mention that here is also the Cristal Palace. Among the things you can do in El Retiro Park are cycling, jogging, running, or just enjoy the park.
  • A wonderful park with one sad reality. Normally you would go to the park for health reasons, for the fresh air. But this park is full of dust from the paths. Even the leaves of the trees along the path ways are covered with dust. Imagine how much dust you would inhale during your stay there. Never again! (NB: Time of my visit: first half of October)
  • Easy to get to, good place to spend a day. A good few areas of interest both within and nearby the park. There was a lot of catcalling from creepy men while myself and another woman were sunbathing. A third stranger joined us as it was better than her sunbathing alone.

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