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"El Parque del Retiro. The most..." Madrid Favorite Tip by catarata

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Favorite thing: <p><font color=#945444><b><i>El Parque del Retiro</b></i>. The most popular and 'castizo' (what we call madrileños)park in the city, placed in the center of the city, with 119 sq. ha. and 15.000 trees. Its construction started in 1630 and at the beginning it was the gardens of the ancient Royal Palace.</p>

<p>In 1868, Isabel II gives it away to the village of Madrid, becoming the joyful place in the Ville. Later, the Palace of Velázquez and the Cristal Palace were built inside the gardens, as permant space for exhibitions. </p>
<p> Nowadays, it´s one of the most visited places on sunday mornings for families, couples, youngsters, and it´s very common to rent a boat for rowing quietly in its waters. But.... please don´t fall into the water. It could be terrible!!!

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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