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 great place to visit on a day out. Plenty of benches so you can relax while strolling around the park. Easy transport access and beautiful scenery  more »
  • An amazing and huge park in the middle of the city. Great for families and couples as well. Really recommend  more »
  • My teenager saw this park on a bus tour of the city and she suggested we visit. It's always a plus when the teenager wants to do something. Great places to sit, snack, boat, and people watch.  more »
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  • Ideal to spend the weekend in family, partner or friends and enjoy a well-connected site in Madrid.
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