Retiro Park

Price guide: Free

Plaza de la Independencia, Madrid, 28001

Price guide: Free

Retiro lake
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#7 of 30
expert-rated things to do in Madrid
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Families with teenagers, Sporty types, Chilling out, Great views / scenery, Live entertainment, Nature / wildlife, Romance

Best for Chilling out - Expert review of Retiro Park

Walk, jog or cycle around Madrid's favourite park.

The Retiro started out as the gardens of a royal palace in the 17th century, but has been a public park since 1868. The Madrilenians are very fond of their main park, particularly on Sunday mornings, when families come to stroll around and sit at the many outdoor cafes. People practise tai chi or play chess under the trees, or watch the buskers on the path by the lake. There may well be exhibitions on at the Palacio de Cristal or Palacio de Velazquez, which are part of the Reina Sofia museum. The park is also used for open-air film screenings, theatrical performances, concerts and children's activities. In June, a lively book fair takes place. The many fountains include the Fallen Angel, (erroneously) claimed to be the only statue in the world to celebrate the devil.

Expert tips: 
Pick up a picnic from the Mallorca deli nearby at Calle Serrano 6.

More information on Retiro Park:

Price guide:
Landmark / monument, Park / garden
Plaza de la Independencia, Madrid, 28001
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Summer 6am-midnight. Winter 6am-10pm.
Free tags / Keywords:
Wildlife / Nature

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Community comments (1)

I spent almost an entire day in Madrid in this park and it was great. It's a big park so be prepared for some walking but it's well worth it. The best thing to do in my opinion is rent a row boat while you're there. It's about 5 Euro for 45 minutes and the boats hold 4 people. There's also several food and ice cream stands throughout the park that are pretty reasonably priced. Not to mention amazing scenery perfect for taking tons of pictures.