Retiro Park

Madrid Top Ten
A great place with something for the entire family. A favourite with locals and visitors alike. A nice break from the Prado next door.

Know Before You Go

A great place to sun-bask on the grass, all day.
Fresh air and a relaxing atmosphere.
Rent a boat on the artificial lake (6 Euros, 4 people, 45 mins).
The sculptures are historic and one can learn a lot about Madrid.

An Oasis

Originally the gardens of a royal palace, the Retiro is Madrid’s green oasis located right in the center of Madrid. The park is spread over 130 hectares with 15,000 trees, an area for perennials, Andalusian greenery and a rose garden. The park also houses historical buildings, marble monuments, landscaped lawns, boating lake and cafes.

The Lake and Crystal Palace

The highlight of the park is the Estanque - the artificial lake - surrounded by the magnificent monuments of Alfonso XII over on the east side. In the central zone is the Crystal Palace, a beautiful Romanesque hall of metal and glass, originally a greenhouse, but now part of the facilities of the Museum Reina Sofía. On the western wing sits the Bosque Del Recuerdo, the memorial for the 2004 bombings that killed 191 people.

Many things to do, great for the family

With loads of activities for grown ups and kids including running and cycling pathways, a modern arts theatre, a romantic court for lovers, and children’s playgrounds, this park caters to all. Hire a boat and row on this lake to complete your trip at this extraordinary place.

Key Highlights

Retiro Park is one of the largest parks in Madrid covering an expansive area of 130 hectares. It houses a lot of attractive sites and attracts locals and tourists. Many visitors also take a break here from a day long Prado visit.

From sculptures of great heroes, artificial parks, love corners, children’s playgrounds, monuments and pathways for cycling and jogging, the park has everything. Even a lake to paddle in.

To find out what the park offers and if you should visit, view the details page.

Map : Retiro Park

Other Madrid Top 10 Attractions Near Retiro Park are marked in yellow

Distance of other top ten Attractions from Retiro Park
Prado Museum0.7 Km
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza0.9 Km
Museo Nacional Reina Sofia1.2 Km
Plaza Mayor2 Km
Mercado de San Miguel2.1 Km
Bullfighting2.6 Km
Madrid Royal Palace2.6 Km
Templo de Debod3 Km
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium4.2 Km

These distances are approximate [As the crow flies]

Review and Feedback on Retiro Park:

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