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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 today

If you have a couple of hours to spare, take a walk around Retiro Park - it is lovely. At the weekend there are street entertainers which are quite good.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Easy P
Reviewed today via mobile

Absolutely don’t miss this. stunning views and relaxing, great street artists playing music. Bring yourself a picnic mat and some food/wine. Only negative is all the mimes/statue people... that trick is getting old.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Daniel G
Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful place for a walk any time of day. It provided a true retreat from the noise of the city and the heat of the day.

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank Liliana M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Highly recommend. Alex was a great tour guide and the company was very flexible and friendly. We had a great time! Week days are more crowed but still great fun.

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank emarissah
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

So lovely. Lots to see, both natural beauty as well as music, sport and people watching. A real haven in a bustling city!

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Shaken007
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Once you have been to the Prado and other main attractions keep half a day free to wander around this outstanding park. Try and get to all the corners as there are some wonderful gardens away from the lake which can get very crowded. The...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank sheepygold
Reviewed 2 days ago

Nice park especially if you are travelling with a dog. Dogs are accepted on a leash but most dogs were off leash when I went. The park also has small green spaces enclosed with natural hedges which dog owner use as private dog parks. There...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Sebnomad
Reviewed 3 days ago

Plenty of unknown and secret places to be discovered walking by the small paths and it has a curious and rare statue to the Fallen Angel. Spring time in the Retiro is lovely

Date of experience: June 2018
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Really nice park. Can get very busy, but still really nice. Lots of pathways and lots of areas to sit. Lovely lake with giant fish that you can feed bread.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank MrMrsHappyR
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A walk in this park is very pleasant, either you are alone or in the company of some friends or family. It has a lagoon with boats that you can drive, but I think it’s better to do it on spring or summer.

Date of experience: February 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