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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  • August 20, 2017
    It is still acceptably care, very crowded and lively. Lately too many branches do not fall, but it is better to be careful on windy days. Temperature is clearly inferior to which we support in Madrid in August, so it breathes very well.
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  • August 20, 2017
    A beautiful om 118 hectares, was established in 1630. Has a historic beauty, many residents of the city goers, get off work and go play in grams of the Park. Beautiful Just Beautiful!! recommend, all very clean and organized.
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  • August 20, 2017
    One of the most enjoyable programs who go to Madrid is to visit and walk through Retiro Park. But it has to be easy, walking and taking advantage of the corners of the Park, as the Lake, the Crystal Palace and the Pavilion Velasquez. Be sure to sit in one of the cafes and drinking a cold beer or simply a cup of coffee. Dedicate a good part of the morning or afternoon.
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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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