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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 October 31, 2011

We visited the park on a Sunday and it just happened to be arts in the park day. Lots of painters, live entertainment made this great park a very fun place to visit.

Date of experience: October 2011
Thank Dacougr32
Reviewed October 31, 2011

It is to major cities credit that the manage to preserve and maintain public places of leisure when land is so highly prized and sought after. The Parque del Retiro in Madrid is one such place, a huge area of beautifully cultivated and mature gardens...More

Date of experience: October 2011
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Reviewed October 30, 2011

Beautiful park! So much to see the crystal palace was beautiful and there is a lake you can go boating on. Such a beautiful park definitely don't miss if you visit Madrid.

Date of experience: October 2011
Thank Deni1313
Reviewed October 30, 2011

A must see if you come to Madrid. I had a great time walking through the park. It could actually take you a few hours to walk and get a complete experience. They have small cafes in the park to eat. It is an excellent...More

Date of experience: October 2011
Thank Rich366
Reviewed October 30, 2011

It is a well kept park with statues, rare trees and a large lake where you can hire rowing boats. There is a cafe bar where you can enjoy a nice glass of Rioja and enjoy the peace and quiet away from the manis traffic!

Date of experience: October 2011
Thank 68BillP
Reviewed October 29, 2011

A beautiful park with lots to see and do - one of my favourite parks yet!

Date of experience: October 2011
Thank ianbarrie68
Reviewed October 29, 2011

We visited on a hot day and although there were many cafes all were full and the queues for the toilets were very long. We stumbled upon various little areas off the main paths. A nice lake with lots of turtles and birds, ducks and...More

Date of experience: June 2011
Thank alison w
Reviewed October 29, 2011

Magnificent on a sunny day - boats inexpensive to hire on the lake

Date of experience: October 2011
Thank PopsEngland
Reviewed October 28, 2011

puppet shows, rentaboat, and other entertainments (for kids) near the estanque. Great walking place.

Date of experience: October 2011
Thank chucksf
Reviewed October 27, 2011

Very beautiful place, we were there on a Sunday and it was PACKED so go on an off day.

Date of experience: March 2011
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April 28, 2019|
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Response from 449melg | Reviewed this property |
Hi, there is no charge to enter the park but the boats are €6 for 45 mins and there are ice cream stalls and a bar / snack restaurant that do charge.
April 23, 2019|
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Response from Mahssa | Reviewed this property |
It varies by the season: Spring - Summer: April - September 06:00 - 0:00 h. Autumn - winter: October - March 06:00 - 22:00 h
April 23, 2019|
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Response from THelena62 | Reviewed this property |
I understood it is open every day. Enjoy your stay!
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