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Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro)

Address: Between C. Alfonso XII and Avenida de Menendez Pelayo, Madrid, Spain (Retiro)
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Ranked #3 of 440 Attractions in Madrid
Type: Architectural Buildings, Gardens, Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Owner description: Peaceful urban park centered around a beautiful lake.
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Gardens, Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Peaceful urban park centered around a beautiful lake.
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Cuenca, Ecuador
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

We spent an entire afternoon in the park. It is obvious that the people of Madrid like to spend time in the park! Families were out on row boats, playing sports, sitting and watching people or sitting at a cafe. There are people who are playing music which just adds to the atmosphere!

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Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Even in winter this was a bustling place, we found a hill and stretched out for a snooze in the January sunshine, there are numerous places to buy refreshments, buskers, and pretty spots. next time we will take a picnic and plan to spend an afternoon.

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Bolquere, France
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

a vast and wonderful Park that the Madrid locals use as their back yard - has a huge lake inc. rowing boats, architectural monuments, cafes, gardens, street entertainers are all there to enjoy. Worth making the effort.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
13 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

This place offers both things to do and time to relax. There are lots of places to sit and have a coffee or ice cream and there are lots of different paths you can take to have a wonder. The experience is even better when the weather is good! Going rowing in the park is a must and is inexpensive... More 

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Bcn
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Very nice to do sport before work or for a nature break in the city. If you have more time, walk around, read the newspaper and have a code in one of the places inside. Nice break for the day

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Kenmore, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

I had a great sunny day and it was relaxing to walk around the park. Not very green due to it being winter but still nice.

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Lincs England
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Beautiful place in January, must come back when things are in bloom. The Chrystal Palace within the park is worth a visit (exhibits from the Prado often on).Take an hour or two to chill on the meandering pathways.

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

I liked especially the pond, but the whole area is amazing! With small rivers and places where to sit. Worth going!

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Uijeongbu, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

overall the park was very soothing. u can hide from all the hassles of city and enjoy serenity. i especially liked the rowing at a lake. it costs only 5.80 euro and lasts 45 min.

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Leeds, England, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

to walk around the park is pretty spectacular, there is lots to see and not all like a park in Europe. The architecture around the lake is stunning, definitely worth a meander round on a summers day.

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