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6 Cool Things to See in Madrid's Retiro Park
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6 Cool Things to See in Madrid's Retiro Park

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Updated: 14 February 2018
Madrid’s most famous park is the Parque del Buen Retiro, it was originally created as a retreat for the Royal Family. Opened to the public in the late 1700s, both locals and tourists have been enjoying these very special gardens for many years. Here are six of the coolest things in the park you have to check out.
Parc Del Retiro | Cristina Candel / © Culture Trip

The Lake

Although the lake is man-made, the peaceful waters set in front of the massive columns and statues of the Alfonso XII monument are a sight to see, especially around sunset. You can even rent a rowboat for a few euros and paddle around the lake. Visitors like to feed the giant grouper fish living in the pond, and you can also watch the ducks paddling by on the lake’s tranquil water.

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Casita del Pescador

Set on a small pond, this tiny house is brightly colored and resembles a small dollhouse. Located next to one of the park’s lesser-used entrances, it’s worth a walk out this way to see this teeny little monument. It’s also situated next to a small mini-mountain you can walk around, with a little waterfall.

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Palacio de Cristal

One of the most iconic buildings in Madrid, the Crystal Palace is made almost entirely of glass. Enter the building to see the sunlight streaming in through the solid glass panes and admire the art exhibitions that are changed out seasonally. The building is surrounded by a small lake where terrapins, frogs and ducks all live together. If you cross over in front of the lake, you can get a gorgeous photo of the palace, with the lake, trees and sunshine all in perfect harmony.

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Jardines de Cecilio Rodríguez

These enclosed gardens have a very special feature: peacocks. Set off to the side of the park, it’s not as easy to stumble across this spot, but once you discover it, you won’t want to leave. Follow the peacocks through the maze-like bushes, trees and quaint ponds, and if you’re lucky, you’ll see them flying down from the tall trees in the garden.

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Rose Garden

May is the ideal time to visit La Rosaleda, the circular rose gardens of the Retiro Park. Located fairly close to the Jardines de Cecilio Rodríguez, the gardens feature over 4000 blooming roses in various colors, shapes and sizes. The archway trellises, covered in ivy and roses, make you feel like you’re in some kind of fairy tale, and picturesque fountains and park benches complete the experience.

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Paseo de la Argentina, known as Statue Walk

For a little bit of Spain’s royal history, wander down the Paseo de la Argentina, also known as the Paseo de las Estatuas, or the Statue Walk. As you might guess from the name, the path is lined and decorated with 18th century statues of Spain’s past royalty. This spot is perfect for a leisurely stroll and a little bit of culture at the same time.

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