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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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Ranked #3 of 488 Attractions in Madrid
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Type: Parks, Architectural Buildings, Bodies of Water, Gardens
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Traveler Description: The biggest park close to downtown Madrid is El Retiro Park, which has an area of 12 hectares. King Felipe IV constructed it in 1632 as part of his... more »
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West Chester, PA
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135 reviews 135 reviews
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

In Madrid, the top attractions are indoor activities. The Park is a great break or relief from spending time in museums or the Palace if the weather is good. Strolled the Park after visiting the Thyssen. Even though it was a Wednesday, the Park was busy but not crowded. You can find your own spot or area to relax for... More

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Kaunas, Lithuania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

perfect for couples or just friends to spend an afternoon. was walking there few hours. r relaxed and calm. anyway always many tourists. also u can rent a boat and swim in the lake! what is really romantic!

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

The biggest park near the center of Madrid, best place to enjoy a quiet afternoon or express your active life!

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Merto Ny
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

It is always fun to sit in Ritiro Park seeing the people stroll and watching the boast on the lake. There are stands selling food and drinks and MANY fortune tellers! The view of the buildings make for a stunning photo and are very grand & glamorous for a park.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Beautiful park, art expositions inside. Great place to walk with family and very well located. You can also ride your bicycle or jog.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Visiting Retiro is like stepping into the countryside in the middle of Madrid! You can't hear or see any traffic and there is always something going on. There's nothing better than having a picnic by the lake, strolling around the rose gardens and renting a row boat to waste away the day. This is an absolute must-see for any Madrid... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Nice park, it makes you feel that you are not in the city any more. Nice landscape around the lagoon, and good trails to walk, jogging, bicycle. Open to the public, please try it !!

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Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Retiro Park is a lovely, large park right in the heart of Madrid. It is well laid out and offers several activities such as row boating. It's a great way to find a little peace in this active city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

For a free and public park Retiro is really really awesome. Visited it on a sunday in late summer. There were crowds of families and people from all over the city. You can rent a boat on the lake (which isn't really cheap but okay), enjoy una bola de helado (ice cream) or relax between artistic cut hedges. It's just... More

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Bridlington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Another place to stroll and promenade while in Madrid. Massive park and lovely to explore and wander around. Lots of cafes to stop and have a drink or ice cream. Make sure you see the Monumento Alfonso XII, Palacio de Cristal and the Estatua del Angel Caido (Fallen Angel).

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