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Parque del Retiro

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Why locals love it

The wonderful Retiro park is often descriped as the lungs of Madrid – or the Central Park of the Spanish capital. An absolute favourite weekend-destination for many Madrileños throughout the year. They come here to relax, to play, to walk or simply to find shade. The Park has several cafés and is a welcome contrast to the buzzing downtown streets.

Why you should visit it

This is a must when you visit Madrid. Whether it's to soak up the sun, to take in the colours of the fall, to feel the melancholy of winter or the joy of spring. At the northern end of the park you can't miss the huge boating lake, where you can enjoy the monument to King Alfonso XII from the water. The Crystal Palace nearby is also worth visiting.

Special tip

Go through the entrance closest to the Prado-museum, to take in the romantic garden of colourful flowers - stunning during spring, summer and fall.

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Carlos
Local
August 11, 2019
Love it
Merche
Local
March 18, 2019
Beautiful place to walk and enjoy seeing amazing parks and wonderful sights.
TU MOMENTO ARTÍSTICO
Local
June 1, 2018
I'm not a big park-person, but Retiro is definitely worth seeing. From the crystal palace to the small lake where you can rent a little canoe, there's definitely a lot to see.
Roumena
Local
October 25, 2017
Where exactly was taken the picture where you see people in little boats? :) How can I get there?
Débora
Traveller
July 1, 2017
The big boating lake is one of the main attractions in Retiro. It's located centrally in the Northern end of the park, and can easily be reached if you take the metro to the 'Retiro' station and walk into the park from there :)
Brian
Local Guru
July 2, 2017

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