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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  • Omg I could spend the whole day here! An absolutely stunning, beautiful park! It is massive which is so nice to see in a thriving city. There’s a huge pond where you can hire row boats, you can sit on one of the many benches and listen to some locals play music and dance or you can find a quiet spot to lie on the grass and read or have a picnic. I also loved watching the police on the horses. It’s a really lovely park definitely a must see when in Madrid
  • A vast public park with trees, statues, fountains, and plenty of flat areas to stroll or cycle. There is a large lake with rowboats for hire, small and medium sized refreshment kiosks and public toilets. Lacking somewhat is information about the statues or monuments in English/other. I know this info can be easily found on the Internet but sometimes it's preferable to learn as you land (i.e. at a point of interest). But don't let this minor point put you off visiting. It's great to explore and there were many trees in bloom and the park is well cared for. Well worth a visit if you want a relaxing and pleasant stroll amidst greenery in the centre of Madrid. There were a few hawkers of tat, and we saw various performing artists. We also saw police and park patrols.
  • An incredible park full of gardens, green spaces, water features.. ponds, fountains.. as well as tennis courts and sports grounds. There are several cafes scattered throughout the park. Many statues and monuments commemorating significant historical and artistic milestones in Spanish history. A must see is the Crystal Palace. Be sure to check out the exhibit hall for any current programs and displays. Central to the city.
  • fantastic park. amazing pieces of art work around it. Nicely sized and kept incredibly clean. I found the exercise areas to be wonderful. Kids had a great time. i would thoroughly recommend this.
  • A big park to gather people with hang out from kids to elderly people. What a nice n big park. We can exercise as well. Yet you have to recognize the sign to exit.
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