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Parque del Buen Retiro

Parque del Buen Retiro - or Park of the Pleasant Retreat - is Madrid's most expansive park and landmark, covering 1.4 km2 (350 acres). Known locally as just "El Retiro", the park is referred to as "The Lungs" of Madrid, providing the majority of the greenery to feed off of the carbon dioxide of urban life and release enough oxygen to keep its many residents and visitors alive. 

One of the city's most popular attractions, Parque del Buen Retiro is filled with numerous statues, gardens, galleries and a beautiful lake. People go to meet with friends, to read or picnic, and to admire the art, both indoors and out. You can even rent yourself a boat to paddle around the lake. During the warmer months, also be sure to catch the free concerts in the park every Sunday afternoon.

Practical Info

Originally property of the royal family, El Retiro still has palaces on its grounds. These have since been transformed into museums hosting Spanish art and army artifacts. The park is also home to monuments commemorating King Alfonso XII and the victims of the Madrid train bombing in March 2004. For more art and history, visitors may also visit the Prado museum located just outside and midway along the park's western border.

Tours & Tickets

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Madrid Bike Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 79 Reviews

Take this fun Madrid cycle tour and see the city at its best! Visit all the famous sights, from the Royal Palace and Retiro Park to Plaza Mayor and Puerta del ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $30.06

Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery, Valley of the Fallen and Panoramic Madrid Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 25 Reviews

Combine two tours in one and see the best of the Spanish capital with a visit to El Escorial Monastery and a sightseeing tour of Madrid. This day trip takes ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.64

Private Tour: Madrid Running Tour

Run or jog around Madrid on a 2- or 3-hour private running tour, led by a guide passionate about exercise and the city. The itinerary is flexible, so opt for a ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: Varies

From USD $47.82

Small-Group Madrid Running Tour

Exercise and see the sights of Madrid on a small-group running tour, led by a local fitness-expert guide! The 1.5-hour workout is set at the pace of the ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $34.16

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