El Retiro (El Parque del Buen Retiro)

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El Retiro (El Parque del Buen Retiro) Madrid Reviews

Bojasem Bojasem
205 reviews
must see May 16, 2014
El Retiro park is a great place to relax ,enjoy & meet locals. Really it´s just a big park, but the soul you feel there is amazing. The Metro Retiro stop takes you right into the park. Once there you can relax. I love El Retiro I enjoy sail in the boat , see green area , watch statues & relax in the grass. In my opinion after shopping day or after attraction you should visit El Retiro & it is pretty if you drink juice close to the lake. Also you can walk playing in the park.

I like the fountains , I like the flowers near it & I like the park design.

Overall, I totally did like this place and I'd advise a stroll, but preferably on the last day
me in the park
view from the park
statue in the park
entrance in the park
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Vikram Vikram
248 reviews
Madrid's answer to Hyde Park, only it's got statues and cool fountains! Oct 26, 2012
What's a trip to Europe without visiting a park? Well, it's not! It's commendable that through the years of industrialisation, urbanisation and modernisation, the European community hasn't demolished these parks. I had heard about this park before I got there ,and briefly walked parallel to it whist visiting the Botanical Garden, I just didn't wander in as I wanted to spend more time here. That time came on Friday, my last day in Madrid.

I found this park very different from parks I've seen in London and Paris in that there isn't a whole lot of places for people to sit down. But I loved it all the same.

The highlight of the trip is undoubtedly the Monument to Alfonso XII. To quote Wiki - "Close to the northern entrance of the park is the Estanque del Retiro ("Retiro Pond"), a large artificial pond. Next to it is the monument to King Alfonso XII, featuring a semicircular colonnade and an equestrian statue of the monarch on the top of a tall central core".

Outside of that, there's a Crystal Palace that hosts exhibitions, and I thought it looked a bit tacky.

But overall, I totally did like this place and I'd advise a stroll, but preferably on the last day!
Northern entrance of the park
Monument to Alfonso XII
Side shot of the Monument to Alfon…
Monument to Alfonso XII behind the…
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Priya853 says:
Thanks for the pictures and review!
Posted on: Feb 01, 2015
Vikram says:
LOL, thanks Vance. Thanks Jim as well.
Posted on: Dec 19, 2012
vances says:
Best part of reading your reviews is anticipation of brilliant photos to follow!

:^)
Posted on: Dec 19, 2012
omaartjeo omaartjeo
1 reviews
Relax and enjoy! Sep 24, 2011
This park is beautiful and fun! You can relax, take a boat ride or watch the many 'hippie's' making music or do acrobatic acts. It's a great place to spend you're morning or afternoon. It's easy to reach by metro and always busy, lots of tourists and local people.
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cotterb cotterb
71 reviews
A nice relaxing day May 21, 2010
El Retiro is a great way to relax in Spain with the locals. Really it´s just a big park, but the soul you feel there is amazing.

The Metro Retiro stop takes you right into the park. Once there you can relax.

A boat dock rents small easy to use row boats for 4.55€ for 45 minutes. We did like others and rowed out to the middle, and then layed down. We read a bit and enjoyed the sun.

Others were playing soccer, walking thorugh the trees and around the lake, or having picnics. There are many bars that you can eat at but be careful because sitting at a table results in a higher price for your food...no different then anywhere else in Spain. It´s cheaper to order at the bar, and sit in the grass.

This is a great way to relax with the locals.
Entering the Retiro park
Boating in the Retiro park
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simonenewyork simonene…
3 reviews
El Retiro Aug 06, 2010
I love El Retiro. I didn't get to see the statue of Lucifer or the crystal palace but the northern side of the park is lovely! I wish that I had the chance to row a boat on the lake. To fully enjoy the park, have a granizada or an ice cream and just relax on the hot Madrid sun. A must see in the city.
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binky binky
57 reviews
Nov 13, 2007
El Parque del Buen Retiro in Madrid is so beautiful. I went here on my final day in Madrid and wish I had gone sooner, because it really was one of my favorite places.

The upkeep on the park is great; it is clean and well taken care of. It is really just a great place to take a stroll, talk with a friend or reflect.

In the park you will find El Palacio de Cristal which is modeled after the London’s Crystal Palace. There is also a body of water, Retiro’s Pond where you can take out boats and have fun on the water.
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