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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
+34 915 30 00 41
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Reviewed yesterday

Lovely views, I recommend taking a picnic basket and spending the day if you have a spare day in Madrid

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SHJ210
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Enjoy a fine day at Madrid’s Parque del Buen Retiro, in the centre of the city. Interesting places to see are the Palacio de Cristal and the lake. You’ll surely enjoy the ambience and at the same time get your day’s exercise.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank dbeltran0807
Reviewed yesterday

For a few euros (I think 8??) I got a paddle boat and rode around with my friend. It was definitely hot, in the middle of a July summer, but it got so much more pleasant as the day went on. The lake was filled...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank annacush
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went jogging in the morning quite early. Despite being dark outiside it was full of people going for a run. Beautiful lame and building. Long paths to go running for as long as you like. Very pleasant for working out or simply relax!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank efrontini74
Reviewed yesterday

Although we visited in January which is a tough time of year for gardens to look at their best, this free to visit park looked amazing and had a New York Central Park feel about it. Yes, as the bad reviewers are keen to point...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank pff965
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A nice and big park, plenty of alleys for jogging or just to stroll around. Pay a visit to the Christal Palace and enjoy a short boat stroll on the lake.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank richardus502
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

There are far more superior parks everywhere else around the world. This one is meh. The worst thing about this park are all the dodgy people selling fake handbags, shoes, sunglasses etc. It's good to visit just once. There are thousands of tourists and you...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank BananaEggPie
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Our Segway tour took us through Retiro Park & it was a hidden gem! We were not considering going there, as we were short on time - but very glad we did. We went in winter -‘it would be even more amazing in Summer.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 677kymc
Reviewed 2 days ago

Came here on Christmas day. We weren't the only ones!! The place was filled with people running, walking, sitting at cafes, etc. It was a great place to stroll on a sunny day. The Crystal Palace was neat to see inside the park too. It...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SuzanneS437
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Retiro Park is an extremely beautiful park right in downtown Madrid! You feel like you are in a different part of the world. It is great for family, friends, couples or a solitary time to read a book. You must take the boats on the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Amber C
1 January 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
1 January 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
laura m
30 October 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