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Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro)

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Neighborhood: Retiro
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Address: Between C. Alfonso XII and Avenida de Menendez Pelayo, Madrid, Spain
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Description: Peaceful urban park centered around a beautiful lake.
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Wonderful Sunday Afternoon

Beautiful park with lots of walkways, and opportunities to people watch. Families, puppeteers, boats, musicians, etc.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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Birmingham, Alabama
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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Beautiful park with lots of walkways, and opportunities to people watch. Families, puppeteers, boats, musicians, etc.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Well, that sais it all. Its free accessible. A bit busy on a sunny Sunday, but worth the visit any day. Spacious, full of green. Alfonso monument is impressive, but much to see all over

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

This is the best park in Madrid. A must to visit and get lost. This park was a private park for the King of Spain until a couple of centuries ago when they donated it to the city. You can find many historical buildings, many of them from the XIX century; also you can find runners and card readers on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

This park is huge, beautiful, and if you're lucky enough to go from October to November and enjoy the fall colors ... really loved ....

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London, United Kingdom
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176 reviews 176 reviews
24 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

This park is really good and well worth a visit while in Madrid. Lots to do and enjoy - all the previous reviews say it all.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

A beautiful walk even in the Winter. I enjoyed seeing the Crystal Palace and the monument to Alfonso.

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North York, Ont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

This place reminded me of Central Park in New York. It is a huge park with lots to do. You can jog forever. I was here in mid Feb and was still busy with lots of people. It has a lake where you can rent a row boat. It has lots of place to stop for food and drinks. They... More 

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Selby, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

It seems that everyone in Madrid goes to the Park when the sun shines. Just full of people, very vibrant feeling, relaxed. Noisy in some areas, but walk a few hundred feet and it all changes. Facilities very good, lots of resturants

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

A nice walk inside the park, there are small cafe's where you can have a good cup of tsokolate and some churros. It was winter when we visited so it is also a nice place to get warm. There are things to see like the glass or crystal palace.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We spent about 90 minutes walking in this beautiful park one evening. Plenty of open space and a beautiful lake in the middle where you can paddle boat if you want to. It was nice to see people of all ages relaxing and having a good time in this beautiful park. If you like open areas, well manicured park to... More 

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