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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  • Ideal for an afternoon walking it, turned out us very cute, with spaces for living, enjoy the afternoon or also to perform physical activity. Huge.
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  • Such a nice park with great sculptures and monuments. A little lake and the crystal house. I felt very calm and safe. Nice to walk at any time  more »
  • I went on Sunday with my partner and my little girl. It was packed with people but it was great that there was no crowd. We were having lunch a few sandwiches sitting on a bench and then playing with the small sand and grass. The truth is that was a different Sunday in which the girl enjoy the outdoors. Very recommended
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  • Went on a boat ride in the pond. What an amazing experience while my first time in Madrid. Gorgeous view, beautiful music played by locals, and how unique to row a boat in such a traditional place. It felt very stereotypically European, and I highly recommend it!
  • Big park to enjoy a long siesta. Good food near the Crystal Palace. Lots of spots to see and great statues throughout park. Great to enjoy a day with the family.
  • Great place for a resting day trip, beautiful green open spaces and monuments. Local public bikes available for rent near important entrances. If your going in for a day trip take your own food and water the prices inside are ridiculous.
  • We were there September 15th. The weather was perfect. You'll need an umbrella if you are going out on the water. Around the water there were a few street performers and a handful of little souvenir shops. There are ducks, turtles, and large fish; carp or gar. There were plenty of places to sit and eat. I saw many people relaxing in the grassy areas between the walkways. I took a lot of pictures of the remarkable statues. The park was very clean considering there were so many little restaurants within it. I noticed underground restroom facilities in a couple of places, but did not see inside them. There were lots of Poke Stops.
  • Beautiful park! Rent a pedal go kart! So much fun!! Easily spend most of the day wandering around and hiring a boat etc. Food in the restaurants there are a little bit over priced for what they are but have beautiful views in the middle of a big city