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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 458 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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Cape Town
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This enormous park offers miles of beautiful tree-lined pathways that offer a retreat from the bustle of the city. There are benches every so often where a weary traveller can rest their sore feet in a shady spot away from the heat of the sun. Various attractions are scattered throughout the park, though typically only with descriptions in Spanish. Buskers... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Great park area with boating lake & bars. Lovely to sit & watch the world go by. Within walking distance of city centre although we treated ourselves to a ride back on Metro.

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Lovely family atmosphere. The lake is well used for boating and there is plenty of shade under the trees. There is food and drink from various cafes and, particularly in the early evening, there are street performers of various sorts to enjoy. Madrid is great as everything is easy to get to.

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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66 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

This is the main park in Madrid and it is massive, we went there several times to relax and enjoy this place. You must visit.

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Woodmere, New York
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7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Nice city retreat but a self-designed plan is a must. Try a picnic or a boat ride, or settle down with a guide book.

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Horsforth, United Kingdom
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14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

A great, lively park to relax in. There is always so much going on in the Retiro. We didn't take a boat out on our visit because of the frequent rain showers (yes, we visited during Madrid's one week of rain), but everyone out on the boating lake looked to be having great fun, even when the rain was pouring... More

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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I spend my last afternoon to evening here and watched the sunset over the lake with wine, cheese and jamon iberico. Absolutely perfect!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Very nice place to sit down and relax. Quite expensive to eat in. Very popular among local and tourists but there is always a quiet spot to find.

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Queanbeyan, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We rode through the park on a 3 hours city bike tour, it is enourmous and i would highly recommend hiring a bike.

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Managua, Nicaragua
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

very nice to walk aaround! has many activities ! u can rent little boats ! walk around a cristal palace !

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