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Retiro Park (Parque de El Retiro) Tours and Activities

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Retiro Park (Parque de El Retiro)
Retiro Park (Parque de El Retiro), often referred to simply as El Retiro, serves as the Spanish capital’s green lung. Dotted with ornate fountains, formal gardens, marble monuments, and plenty of space to relax, these former grounds of the Spanish monarchy became public in 1868 and have become a beloved spot for Madrilenos.
 
The Basics
Its central location both geographically and culturally means El Retiro is difficult to miss if you spend any time in Madrid. Most sightseeing tours include the park, and those interested in the park’s history and modern cultural significance can explore in-depth on a guided walking tour or Segway tour of the park, stopping at points of interest, such as the Crystal Palace and Fallen Angel statue.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • El Retiro Park is a must-see for nature lovers, families, and first-time visitors.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.
  • Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
 
How to Get There
El Retiro is well-connected by public transportation. Take the metro (Line 2) to Retiro Station, or catch any number of public buses. The park also has more than half a dozen BiciMAD bike-share stations.
 
When to Get There
El Retiro makes a peaceful escape from the hustle of the city just about any time, but the best time to visit is on the weekends when locals come out to play sports, read a book, enjoy a picnic, and relax. This is also when the park fills with buskers and street painters, creating quite the lively atmosphere.
 
El Retiro Lake
At the heart of the park sits an artificial lake, set beneath the massive Monument to Alfonso XII. For a quintessential Madrid experience, head to the park in the afternoon and rent a rowboat for a float on the lake.
Address: Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain
Hours: Open daily
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Retiro Park Segway Tour in Madrid

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Discover many of Madrid’s attractions and cruise effortlessly around Retiro Park, the city’s green oasis, on this Segway tour. Traveling by electric personal transporter, glide around the park’s beautiful highlights, seeing the lake, Crystal Palace, and monuments including the famous Fallen Angel statue. Plus, take in other landmarks such as cobbled Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol. Segway training and a helmet included.
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Private Guided Segway Tour with Flexible Duration in Madrid

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Historic + Modern Premium Tour

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The secrets of Retiro Park

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We will meet outside of the park and we will have a small introduction about Madrid and the surrounding area of the Park. Now we are inside the Park! Next step! Breathe pure air while you learn the history and some funny stories. Take the opportunity to discover the Retiro Park and understand the people of Spain better. Retiro is a park full of history that originally was a private garden for royalty and now has become the lung of the citizens of Madrid. Together we will cover all park and I will provide you with stories that will make you understand Madrid better. We will walk all the park around and we will talk about the gardens and the garden styles, legends of the park, influences and the most iconic constructions and buildings. A visit to Madrid is never completed without visiting Retiro Park. By walking inside this park you will have the opportunity to hear about legends, colonialism, Napoleon, Kings and Queens, and Lucifer!
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Private Madrid Fullday Tour

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Walking tour Madrid Tonight! and Flamenco show

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Madrid Royal Palace and Retiro Park Guided Tour with Optional Tapas Tasting

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Experience Madrid’s Royal Palace and Gardens and El Retiro Park with an affordable package that combines all-access admission with an informative tour by an expert guide. Explore the Palace’s various rooms—including Throne Room, the Hall of Mirrors, and the Banquet Hall—and see paintings by Spanish masters. Then, head to the sprawling central park of Madrid, El Retiro, for a leisurely tour of its expansive grounds.
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Highlights and parks in Madrid by segway

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Prado Museum Private Tour and Surrounding Highlights

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Madrid City Bike Tour

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Madrid travelers that want a great overview of the city—without the typical bus sightseeing experience—shouldn't miss this three hour bike tour to Madrid's top sights. Hop on your included bike, follow your guide, and enjoy the sun on your face as you see more of the city in only a few hours. Pass highlights like the Almudena Cathedral, Royal Palace of Madrid, and must-see Retiro Park—and recharge with an included coffee.
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Get the royal treatment as you explore Madrid on this 4-hour city tour with a private luxury vehicle and included chauffeur. Travel in style as you sightsee on your own terms, customizing your day’s itinerary to meet your needs. You might learn about Madrid’s medieval heritage in the Barrio de la Morería, admire the elegant Royal Palace or discover Madrid’s famous bullring. Use your day as you see fit! A private guide, driver and luxury vehicle, plus round-trip hotel transport are covered.
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Feel like Madrid royalty thanks to this flexible-length, easily-customized, private walking tour of the city. Join your private guide as you step back in time through the centuries of history in the Spanish capital, exploring its royal palaces, scenic parks, elegant public squares and modern neighborhoods. Among the sites you might visit are Royal Palace, Puerta del Sol, the Plaza Mayor, Retiro Park or the neighborhoods of La Latina and Chueca. Pickup and drop-off from your hotel are also included, letting you focus on sightseeing instead of navigating.
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Essential Madrid Electric Bike Tour, 360 Premium Experience (Morning/Afternoon)

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Hop on an electric bike and explore Madrid without draining energy on this small-group two-wheel tour. Save time planning your own route or transport, and spin around the must-sees with ease—covering ground more quickly than on foot thanks to the electric pedal assist. Tour sites such as the Plaza Mayor and Retiro Park; and hear stories about them from your guide you might never learn otherwise.
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What are Retiro Park (Parque de El Retiro) hours of operation?
A:
Retiro Park (Parque de El Retiro) hours of operation: Open daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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