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Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro)

Between C. Alfonso XII and Avenida de Menendez Pelayo, Madrid, Spain (Retiro)
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As featured in Madrid Outdoors and 1 other guide
Ranked #3 of 439 attractions in Madrid
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Type: Parks, Architectural Buildings, Bodies of Water, Gardens
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: Peaceful urban park centered around a beautiful lake.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
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Beaverton
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45 reviews 45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Do not miss walking through this park if you are in Madrid! It is quite special to have such a large open park in the middle of a big city. You can find beautiful landmarks, a small lake, and plenty of ice cream vendors to enjoy. You will also find shade and benches so you can people-watch or simply relax... More

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We walked to Retiro Park on a very hot day. We stopped a couple of times to get cool, and it was very nice sitting at a cafe drinking Cokes and lemonade, and eating chips and other snacks. Watching all the people and bicyclists go by was fun, as was watching all the rowers on the lake. The walk to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

Great landscaping, lots of places to walk, and places to sit down and have a beer/glass of wine as well. There isn't anything bad about a long stroll around Retiro Park. And make sure to go off the side now and then...it is filled with secret little sub parks that are also lovely!

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Singapore, Singapore
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The park is very very BIG! I walked for 1hour and I couldn't find the beautiful fountain with those boats! But what I can say is that, you should go for a run at the park in the morning. It's cooling and relaxing! beautiful!

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Tucson
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148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Not very far from our hotel (Hotel Agumar), lies this very big and most delightful urban park. It compares to New York's Central Park in terms of size, activity, and vitality. The sign by the park calls it "Jardine Retiro." People are roller-blading, walking dogs, working out on the exercise circuits, running, jogging, couples out strolling, guitar playing, couples out... More

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Parque del Retiro is located next to the Atoche train station in central Madrid. It is beautiful, well maintained and huge. If you're in Madrid it's a must. Plan on at least two hours or a full half day to visit the entire park. Don't miss the peacocks; there are about 20 of them - males and females.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This was a relaxing park with impromptu concerts and little food stands. My roommate and I stumbled on the pond where you could rent boats for 7.5 euros and enjoyed our time out on the water.

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Plano, Texas
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

My wife and I love to go to the great park of each city we visit. We often do a picnic of sorts and spend some time unwinding after the long trip or after a long day of touring. This is simply a fabulous park. Very clean and safe. NIce areas to sit. A pretty lake where you can paddle... More

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London, United Kingdom
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Great to just walk around, very family orientated and free - except for hiring the boats on the lake. And get to walk to the Crystal Palace with the chairs you can sit in plus see the turtles in the lake right next to the Crystal Palace.

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Qld, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

A great place to take a break from the city. Sit on the grass, relax, watch people going about their day. The lake in particular is very popular but beware the astronomical tourist prices you will pay for food and drink around there.

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