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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  • Get carried away by the beauty of its roads, the beauty of its gardens, its masterful boat ride, and the Palace of glass that reflects each flash of sunlight, to daydream.
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  • A must for Madrid, with or without children is a must. I recommend a ride in boat on the Lake and take it slowly. It is extensive, there is much to walk.
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  • My favorite venue in Madrid. It was great to walk around, see the Crystal Palace, the rose garden flower though still not given the period. A little slice of heaven. Not to be missed.
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  • The Retiro should definitely be on your list of things to do when visiting Madrid, it makes a great change from visits to galleries/museums etc. For a city centre park it is vast, you will certainly find some areas busy, but there are always areas for a picnic or just a sit down in a quiet, shady spot. Beautiful lakes and plenty of cafes if you just want to sit and people watch. For the more energetic you can hire a rowing boat out on the lake. Can't remember the price now, but it was not too expensive. The lake is stocked with thousands of large fish and you can buy fish food in the park if you want to feed them. A park well worth a visit by both adults and kids
  • Fantastic park. Huge area of grass, trees, fountains and monuments at the centre of Madrid. Beautiful lake where you can hire boat. Nice fountains. Great glass-garden where the art exhibitions take place. You may see young artists playing classical music themes. Very pleasant place to spend few hours during traffic rush hours.
  • Beautiful park that you could easily spend a few hours in just relaxing or walking around. Would advise bringing your own water bottles as shops are pricey for that kind of thing, plus there are fountains your can use to fill them up with. Nice lake in the centre you can take a rowing boat out on, along with a few other attractions scattered around the place. The glass house is a beautiful building to see.
  • A must-go-to in Madrid. Your trip will not be complete without it. A gorgeous sunny park with fountains and statues and people everywhere. You can walk, cycle or just sit and enjoy the great weather. Take alot of pictures specially beside the lake which is filled with fish. I strongly recommend hiring a boat for only 6 euros for 4 people for 45 minutes. Even if you can't row you will learn immediately. You can also take the cruise ship if you like. Along the way, the views are just extremely relaxing. It is very big so if you would like to see it all you might need a whole day for this. By the way.. if you want to leave the park and go to the other side of the road, then the crossing is under a bridge in the park itself.
  • If I ever lived in Madrid. This park would definitely be a daily visit. It fits so many people's profiles and needs. Wether it be a picnic, exercise, anything from family to a romantic getaway by the lake, it's perfect. The maintenance of this park is great as well, it's so beautiful and clean. People actually have a great care to keep it that way as well. I really envy not having a park like this at home. I hope that everyone continues to cherish and care for it for many years to come.
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