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Parque del Buen Retiro

Plaza de la Independencia, s/n, Madrid 28001 Spain
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  • Parque del Buen Retiro
    Betsy F.
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    5 Aug 19, 2014

    Our first stop in Madrid to stretch out after travel and leisurely explore. Small art exhibit in one place. Outstanding glass palace with more art inside. Landscaped with lake. Stop and grab a snack to rest. Stay as long as your stamina lets you. Fun.

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    Liz F
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    5 Aug 18, 2014

    Probably my favorite place in Madrid. Lots to see and do and you feel like there are actually locals around and not just tourists.

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  • Parque del Buen Retiro
    Kendall Ramirez
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    5 Jul 28, 2014

    If you have some spare time on a pretty day, definitely head over to Parque Retiro. It is the Central Park of Madrid and is a gorgeous place to escape the hustle & bustle of the city for a short time.

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    Rachel E.
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    4 Apr 19, 2014

    Lovely large park in the center of Madrid. Easy to get to from most places either by walking or the Metro. There's a wide variety of areas perfect for jogging and walking and just generally it's a nice get-away from the bustle of Madrid.

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    Rich Carriero
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    4 Apr 11, 2014

    I stayed in Madrid for eight days, during which one of the friends that I made during the trip brought me here. This is a large, well tended park filled with flowers, manicured shrubbery and statues. As Madrid can be very got in June, the shade is at a premium.

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  • Parque del Buen Retiro
    Labhaoise Ní Fhíachna
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    5 Mar 18, 2014

    The Retiro Park is one of the best parks in Europe. Originally created for the Royal Family, now anyone can enjoy its lush surroundings. If you can visit on a sunny day you’re in for a treat! Check out the beautiful Crystal Palace where you’ll always find a busker or two. The pond beside it is full of giant koi carp, ducks and turtles. The flowering cherry blossom orchards are beautiful and are often full of people practising yoga and tai chi. If you’ve got time, head over the lake where you can take a romantic boat ride. Perfect for a lazy stroll with your other half.

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    Sean Jackson
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    4 Mar 03, 2014

    Think Central park with a spanish vibe. Lots of outdoor cafes, shady areas to take a nap, or even rent a row boat and float around the main pond in the center of the park.

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  • Parque del Buen Retiro
    Patricia
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    5 Feb 09, 2014

    E Retiro is a big and beautiful park where you can disconnect from the noisy and always moving city. My favorite spot in the park is the "Palacio de Cristal" and the tiny "lake" next to it.

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  • Parque del Buen Retiro
    Daniel Mason-D'Croz
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    4 Nov 12, 2013

    Originally a royal park, that is now open to everyone to enjoy. It is a wonderful place to go for a walk. Make sure to check out the Palacio de Cristal, Casita del Pescador, and the roselada rose garden

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    Baxter Jackson
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    4 Oct 25, 2013

    El Parque del Buen Retiro used to be part of my Sunday afternoon routine in Madrid. A Samosa brunch, browsing Las Pulgas for the hippest, slickest and coolest fashions and oddities and then El Parque del Buen Retiro for some serious rest and relaxation (if that's possible with 300 Spaniards in a drum circle high on hash). Love and something else was in the afternoon air there :-)

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  • Parque del Buen Retiro
    Erin K
    5 Oct 24, 2013

    This park is my favorite part about Madrid. It seems to go on forever, and there are a ton of unique sights to see when you're just taking a stroll. The rose garden is beautiful, as is the Crystal Palace (some of the cleanest, as in style, architecture I have ever seen). I loved sitting on a bench by the lake and watching people out in their paddle boats, and I definitely chose a spot on the lawn and slept for an hour or so (blame it on the jet lag!). If you want to escape the busy city life of Madrid, this is a wonderful place to step into and come out refreshed.

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    Scott Hampton (@danielodyssey1)
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    5 Oct 21, 2013

    Parque del Buen Retiro is definitely on my top 10 Gogo-parks list. Spring is an excellent time to visit. The locals and visitors bring a positive energy to the park in the form of recreation, photography, basking, conversing, and people watching. Since there's a diverse population, people watching is at the top of the list since there might be an opportunity to discreetly learn something intriguing, but taking a row boat out for a spin on a classy man made pond is also equally arousing.

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  • Parque del Buen Retiro
    Rachel Greene
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    5 Oct 20, 2013

    Parque del Retiro is a massive park with tons to see. My favorite part was the sculpture of El Angel Caído, but there's plenty more to take in. Pack a picnic and enjoy!

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  • Parque del Buen Retiro
    Donna H
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    4 Sep 13, 2013

    Gorgeous park/ beautiful lake. The families were out, and there were even puppet shows and marionette theatre for children.

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  • Parque del Buen Retiro
    Carmen T
    5 Sep 12, 2013

    Watch a puppet show,listen to live music, practise some sport, row a boat or, simply, relax under a tree reading your favourite book. Everything is possible in the centre of Madrid, in El Retiro park, a favourite of Madrid's citizens and tourists.
    You can also find Madrid culture here at the historic exhibition spaces of Palacio de Velázquez y Palacio de Cristal.

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    Todd Bouwkamp
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    5 Sep 07, 2013

    This is one of the the largest parks I have ever explored! I visited with friends this past summer and found it such a beautiful and peaceful place surrounded by not only tourists but joggers, Madrilenos enjoying a leisure, walk or picnic or just catching up with friends. On my past trip this past New Years I attempted to walk around this park on the perimeter and I swear it was around 6 miles or more.

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    Beth Spurr
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    4 Apr 01, 2013

    This park is absolutely beautiful! The monument of Alphonse XII next to the largest of the two ponds in the parc is a beautiful place to lounge around on a sunny day. You can rent row boats to venture out onto the pond for about 5 euros. A great way to spend a sunny (but not too terribly hot) afternoon!

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    Tess Lucassen
    5 Mar 14, 2013

    beautifull park! You should rent bikes and go overthere. In Summer it is a very nice area to picknick and have drinks. Check out the Crystal Palace. It is hidden in the park.

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    Sophia Aduana
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    5 Feb 05, 2013

    This is one of the top city parks I know. Retiro is huge, and one can spend a whole afternoon passing time here. You can take a boat on the pond, picnic or sunbath on the grass, stroll on a path... The glass house by the pond is the Palacio de Cristal, which is in my opinion the prettiest structure in the park. Another part of Retiro, for those fond of the eccentric, is the statue of El Angel Caído (the Fallen Angel) in the rose garden. My old professor said it's one of two (or perhaps the only) monuments of the devil for the public. Whatever the case, it makes an easy meeting point for groups. The park can get a little sketchy after sun down, so mind your surroundings and belongings if you find yourself still there at that time.

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    Aliki Kostopoulou
    4 Jan 29, 2013

    Every Sunday, after shopping in Rastro, you walk around Retiro and lay on the grass. Its a rule, and its one of the best!

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A close jaunt from the Prado and you've arrived at the Parque del Buen Retiro, Madrid's largest park at 350 acres. The crown jewel of this space is the Palacio de Cristal, or Crystal Palace, built in 1887 for the Phillipine Islands exhibition and still used for exhibits today. The park is also home to the Monument to Alfonso XII of Spain, the Fountain of the Falling Angel, a massive rose garden, and the remains of the Buen Retiro Palace. El Retiro, as the park is fondly known, is an escape from big city life and a wonderful way to explore the greener side of Madrid.

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