Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro), Madrid

Categories: Gardens, Architectural Buildings, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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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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  • Full of turn to central Madrid we're going to see also the park that is pleasant and busy especially with families. IA tub equipped with a friendly and welcome guests rowboats. If you are in Madrid and you have some time to riossigenarvi go to visit it
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  • A macro Park... for spending a afternoon walk and being very aware of children, may well be. Lake... nothing to highlight, the boat ride! Better to let it slope... eat fish (boraces) controlled by the police, we have helped a lost girl and once put in their knowledge, they have been attentive, and effective. The best: place with some charm, full of artists (some good as the great Javi Jacichi, great... and an artist from head to toe) worst: too many people, supermasificados parks, etc but still worth... is worth.
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  • A Area huge, very rich to walk, the House of glass what there is inside the same is beautiful. I love to be contemplating the nature in the middle of the big city!
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  • Know that when you set food into this park, it used to be only accessible to just the Spanish Royal family! The grounds are large and beautiful and on a sunny day you'll find plenty of activity going on here, from people trying to sell you selfie sticks, sneakers and bags, to groups of school children on excursion, and people rowing boats on the lake where the monument to King Alfonso XII is situated. You might have heard that the 'Crystal Palace' is here, and that's very true. But there is so many special points in this park that you should not miss. This includes the Paseo de la Argentina- a path lined with gorgeous statues, the rose garden, the Fountain of the Fallen Angel, and the Forest of Remembrance. A brief glimpse of any map will tell you that this park covers a lot of ground, so bring some good walking shoes if you plan to explore a good part of this park.
  • Even though it is centrally located in a major world city, Retiro park is a surprisingly quiet and tranquil escape from the busy city outside its fences. A great place to walk, run, cycle, or just sit on the grass and people watch. The park is well maintained and is an easy walking distance from most popular tourist spots in the centre of Madrid. It also has its own metro stop. Featuring interesting architecture, a small theatre and a Peacock garden a well as plenty of mature trees and well kept gardens, there is plenty to discover here. There are also several cafe's and snack bars but naturally these are slighlty more expensive than those outside the park. Well worth a visit, any time of year
  • Beautiful trees, a busy city-centre park full of life. If you are lucky, by the lions on the lakeside you will here Spanish flamenco guitar buskers as the sun sets over the water. If you look carefully, you will find a unique statue of the likeness of the devil! Beware of pick pockets though!
  • This was the most beautiful and relaxing place I've ever been. The architecture and gardens are breathtaking and the boating lake was brilliant fun for the family. All 4 of us, 2 kids, my wife and I went on a boat for 45mins for just €6.
  • Beautiful place to spend a day. Make sure to check the lake, the Crystal Palace and Velasquez Palace. I recommend to spend half a day and make a picnic, or for those with higher cultural sense to combine it with Del Prado or an other museum and you get a beautiful day in Madrid.
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