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Parque del Retiro Questions

Monterrey, Mexico
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Parque del Retiro Questions

Hi. Does someone have a suggested itinerary for Parque del Retiro or the list of must sees in the park as well as time needed to visit? Also, is late afternoon (7-9pm) the best time of day to visit to avoid heat and still during daylight? Thank you very much.

Malaga, Spain
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1. Re: Parque del Retiro Questions

The most beautiful part of the El Retiro Park is the Crystal Palace.

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Late afternoon is a good idea during summer. During spring, fall and winter you can go in the morning or afternoon.

Check the hours here:

www.inspain.org/es/sitios/parquedelretiro.asp

Monterrey, Mexico
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2. Re: Parque del Retiro Questions

Thank you very much BennyMalaga. We'll schedule the Crystal Palace.

Madrid, Spain
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3. Re: Parque del Retiro Questions

Summer evenings are a great time in the park. Take a picnic from Megasand in nearby Calle Columela (just off Calle Serrano). No itinerary or schedule required - just enjoy strolling around and checkout the lakes, crystal palace and the Palacio de Velázquez, which houses small art exhibitions. Stop off at one of the many cafes for a refreshing horchata or granizada. Take out a rowing boat on the lake. Just chill and enjoy the evening sunshine.

Toronto, ONT
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4. Re: Parque del Retiro Questions

Here is one of many pages that lists attractions www.madridtourist.info/buen_retiro_park.html In addtion to known attractions there are lots of unnamed examples of beautiful garden design

Chesterfield...
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5. Re: Parque del Retiro Questions

Depending on when you're going, I love the rose garden.

Monterrey, Mexico
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6. Re: Parque del Retiro Questions

Thank you all for your tips. Picnic idea sound great.

Detroit, Michigan
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7. Re: Parque del Retiro Questions

It's also not a bad idea to go during the middle of the day or afternoon so that you CAN escape the heat. There's lots of shade, and so it's nice to find a patch of grass under the shade to just relax, take a nap, read a book, enjoy being outdoors, etc.

London, United...
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8. Re: Parque del Retiro Questions

As a very frequent visitor to Madrid I found retiro park to be very boring. If you have children it would be a good idea to go and take the long walk from atocha to calle alcala to visit the crystal palace, the Velasquez exhibition and the lake.

To me there are better things to do in Madrid and many visitors do not really have the time for retiro park. It can take at least 2-3 hours to go through and visit retiro park.

Chesterfield...
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9. Re: Parque del Retiro Questions

ptgita made me think about Retiro and I have to agree. I too visit Madrid often (once or twice a year) to visit my daughter and her family. Were I visiting as a tourist, I'd not spend time in Retiro either. I like the park and take the grand kids there to play; we will sit and watch people at the lake, but so much else in Madrid.

:)

Consett, United...
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10. Re: Parque del Retiro Questions

I like the sound of the picnic idea. We're going in August, & whilst i realise there are loads of restaurants, bars, etc, would you be allowed a bottle of wine, or a couple of beers in the park with your picnic?