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Parque del Retiro, Madrid

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Take a few moments out of your tour of the city to rest at 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 Parque del Retiro to your Madrid travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Madrid online holiday planner.
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  • Well worth the visit, especially if you are looking for an opportunity to get out of the busy city. Elegant park, even in January when I am sure it was not 'in full flower'. I could easily imagine.....  more
    Well worth the visit, especially if you are looking for an opportunity to get out of the busy city. Elegant park, even in January when I am sure it was not 'in full flower'. I could easily imagine.....  more »
  • A visit in the big , beautiful and much interesting park in the heart of Madrid that make people to feel happy and free. 
    A visit in the big , beautiful and much interesting park in the heart of Madrid that make people to feel happy and free.  more »
  • My husband and I visited Madrid for the first time and were told to come to this park, it did not disappoint. There is a man made pond where you can rent a boat, and also some cafes where you can... 
    My husband and I visited Madrid for the first time and were told to come to this park, it did not disappoint. There is a man made pond where you can rent a boat, and also some cafes where you can...  more »
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  • One of the most beautiful parks I have been to! Very big, green and well maintained. It has a rose garden, big lake where you could ride a boat and many other things to see! Great place for walk and relaxation! It feels amazing in the summer and spring!😊 I would visit again!
  • A vast, beautiful open-air free park that is a must-visit place in Madrid. There are dozens of different locations inside the park itself which in itself are worth visiting. Out of these places I greatly recommend trying the boats in the lake - great fun, especially with friends. The Cecilio Rodriguez gardens and the Crystal Palace are also great locations for some stunning pictures. Be prepared to spend more than a few hours in the park. I’d even recommend spending a whole day in it, absolutely worth it.
  • This is one of the best spots in Madrid. A huge, open air, free park for everyone to visit. It features water fountains, monuments, sculptures, playgrounds and also little cafes and ice cream shops that make for the best place to stroll around and enjoy a nice day out. There is no toilet paper in the restrooms so be warned. Be ready to walk and get lost in this beautiful place.
  • A very expansive space with amazing tree lined pathways and places to rest. I feel very comfortable and safe walking alone here. There’s even amazing places to view art. It really is one of Europe’s grandest urban outdoor spots. A nice place to wander around and enjoy nature in the heart of Spain’s bustling capitol.
  • It was a lovely place on our visit to Madrid. It brought us back to the fall mood in the middle of December. We walked the alleys and sat by the trees, enjoying the views and did not notice as half of the day went by. I would come back here many more times on my future visits. It is located close to the Prado museum. It is convenient to complement your visit to the museum with a nice walk. If weather permits, it is a perfect place for a picnic to enjoy a nice pastry or Iberica sandwich. It is something I have in my plans for the future. I think this place can be enjoyed in any season and any time of day. I would love to visit it during sunset and enjoy warm lighting brushing the pond at the park's center. Enjoy!

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