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Peaceful urban park centered around a beautiful lake.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Plaza Della Indipendecia 7, 28001 Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed today

Beautiful park superbly laid out and maintained and includes a lovely lake plus a super glass building which looks like a Spanish version of Crystal Palace. Beautiful!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Simon F
Reviewed today via mobile

What a great way to spend the afternoon meandering through the park. Make sure to pass by the Crystal Palace (unfortunately it was closed when we were there). Grab a load of bread, some cheese and charcuterie, and a bottle of wine and relax on...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed today

Retiro Park is easily accessible be the Metro and is a quiet, relaxing place to stroll. The Alfonso XIII monument is very impressive and must be seen.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Chris and Bill M
Reviewed today

My wife and I spent an afternoon in this park, lots to see and do. Boating, alfresco dining, picnics etc.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank MartinAdrien
Reviewed today

What a great park in the middle of everything which has plenty to see and plenty of people-watching while strolling around. A must-see!

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Glen U
Reviewed yesterday

We really liked el Retiro and spent an afternoon there. It is vast, so we recommend that you plan your tour, if this is your first visit and you want to see the highlights; the Memorial Forest (honouring the train bomb victims), the Crystal Palace,...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Arn E
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Well decorated garden, clean secure! Nice to enjoy a sunny day surrounded by madrilenos. Was the right choise!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank BeateJ50
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It’s a well maintained park, and has different varieties of plants including trees. If we had more time we would have walked more.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank pasyalannatin
Reviewed 2 days ago

Wonderful park, with many interesting and alternative areas to explore. Wonderful by foot, even better by segway!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank londoneraway
Reviewed 2 days ago

You can stay there as much as you can because the view and the atmosphere is amazing. Also you can have activities at the lake or in the park itself.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Amber C
January 1, 2019|
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Response from holidaymaddddd | Reviewed this property |
I am here right now and there are rowing boats on the lake
Amber C
January 1, 2019|
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Response from AsianvisitorUK | Reviewed this property |
From memory, the boats aren't available to hire when I was there but it might have been the time of year i.e. winter
October 30, 2018|
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Response from Daniel L | Reviewed this property |
Both times that I have been there, it has been closed, but it is all glass so you can see right thru it. It is more a unique historical building that could be used to display sculpture or grow plants. They could not charge... More