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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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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 »
Useful Information: Activities for young children
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Balzan, Malta
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

the beautiful layout, the sheer size of the place, the well-kept gardens and the numerous families enjoying a day out.

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Courtenay, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

I walked for 2 hours around the periphery of the park. During that time I saw - walkers, runners, dogwalkers, cyclists, skateboarders, rollerbladers, tapdancers, folkdancers, musicians, martial arts, boaters, ... - all enjoying the park. The gardens are beautiful,and it is a peaceful and serene area in the middle of Madrid.

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Warsaw, Poland
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Retiro park is in prime location of Madrid,near by station,children couple ,young and old people can enjoy,the gardening is superb and very quite

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kent
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

One of the best parks I’ve been to. Having a coffee watching the people out on the boating lake on a sunny afternoon, with a live jazz band playing was very pleasant. The Alphono XII mausoleum was an impressive monument on the other side of the lake. The autumn colours were lovely there and around the pond outside the crystal... More

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Montreal, Canada
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

If you enjoy sports this is the spot for cycling and or rollerblading. There is lots to see, full of photo ops and lively on the weekends especially thousands of people mulling around enjoying the scenery. You can even rent a rowboat on the lake.

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Essex
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This was lovely, in the middle of a bustling city and quiet retreat, walk, take a picnic, or use the lake to rent a boat. So much to do and great to get a quiet during your stay in Madrid

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Beautifully designed to suit adults and children. Walkways, a lake, playgrounds. Just magnificent. Take the time to walk it and enjoy its beauty

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Nicosia, Cyprus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We walked thru the park when returning to the Train Station after a day trip. The park is gorgeous and definitely worth a walk thru. Their are unique birds and the landscape is great for taking photos. Highly recommended if your in this area.

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Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Nice park to stroll around and have a good conversation. It has a big lake in the middle of the park.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Gorgeous trees with autumn leaves provided a lovely setting for photographs . The boating activities were interesting to watch and the walk in the park was very pleasant.

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