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. Use our Madrid family vacation planner to visit Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro) on your trip to Madrid, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • A large well-kept Park and pleasant both to stroll as for rest, there is a lake where you can stroll in boat.
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  • I often give rides for this splendid Park of Madrid. What luxury have you in Madrid! Day before yesterday I was giving a tour and visiting, as not, the glass palace. Beautiful! To enjoy!
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  • What a great park. To make it even better, admission is free. I recommend starting on the north or south side of the park and walking through the center of the park in the opposite direction so as not...  more »