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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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I visited the park in January on a sunny day and enjoyed the street music while enjoying the great view of the park. The glass building is really nice to see too.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Randarwish
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Bring your walking shoes, it takes a bit of time to walk through. It's very relaxing and nice to just walk around and enjoy nature.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Victor M
Reviewed yesterday

El Retiro is a wonderful place to visit either to pass by or exercise... a nice place to change the hustle of the streets.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Exploration651283
Reviewed 2 days ago

We sight-seed, walked, ate, and we siesta'd at this park! Why not you're in Madrid so take an afternoon nap and recharge from all the "touristing" around! Large park where you can easily find your corner to relax (and many do) or people watch while...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank flipsub
Reviewed 3 days ago

Lovely to stroll around the park if you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the streets. The gardens are not manicured like some in Italy or France - it's a relaxed park. The Crystal Palace is beautiful, especially at sunset. Allow a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Choca H
Reviewed 3 days ago

I hadn’t planned on visiting this park but I had a couple of hours on a beautiful day and decided to get some vitamin d after a week of museums. This is a very well planned and maintained garden. And so much larger than expected....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank RebeccaB5222
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A lovely and an amazing park in the heart of Madrid must visit with your family they will really enjoy the boat ride in the lake

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank khaledm941
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Good place for having a rest, and the view is nice. Sometimes free exhibitions are presented in the park, and the glass palace is also free to public. Some artists are playing music in the park.good atmosphere.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank dipsyhyd
Reviewed 3 days ago

The park is very invested and very nicely decorated. Lots of space to stroll around with nice views like lakes and tree-lined trails on either side. There is nothing to do in the park in the winter. It is best to arrive on days when...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MatanPeleg
Reviewed 3 days ago

Huge park close to the center of the city. Crystal Palace is often a place for exhibitions. Broad streets with many corners to explore. One can easily spend half a day here walking and not getting bored.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Boris S
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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