"Wonderful park in the centre of Madrid" Retiro Park Tip by Urzu

Retiro Park, Madrid: 127 reviews and 251 photos

  Monument to Alfonso XII At the Retiro Park
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  • Monument to Alfonso XII At the Retiro Park - Madrid
      Monument to Alfonso XII At the Retiro Park
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  • Wonderful park in the centre of Madrid - Madrid
  • Beautiful walk at the Retiro - Madrid
      Beautiful walk at the Retiro
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This magnificent park was built in the 18th century. Its main purpose was to be the delight for the royalty at that time, and that's why the park holds many monuments, fountains ad buildings which stand out because of their elaborate style. This park is great to spend a few hours of the day in. Many people use it to go running, skating or biking, but also to chill for a while! On the side by the pond you will find plenty of people selling handmade jewels, giving chinese massages, or reading the Tarot cards, even sometimes you can find little shows for kids, which can be very entertainning! Beware however that it might be better not to go into the park alone after dark, since there might be "strange" people wandering about, and well, you have to be careful!
I almost forgot! The Retiro park also hosts the very important Feria del Libro (Book Fair) every year (around May). It's a great fair if you enjoy reading, you can find great discounts in books, special editions, and very interesting older books that can be very interesting!

Address: Plaza de la Independencia
Phone: 915 30 00 41
Website: http://www.aviewoncities.com/madrid/parquedelretiro.htm

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  • Written Jan 15, 2008
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