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Find peace in the city at Buen Retiro Park

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A magical park that sits in the middle of Madrid…  Sounds like the start to a good book.  The Buen Retiro Park is not the biggest park in Madrid, but it’s the one that I liked the most and when you know, you know.  So how do you know it’s a good park?  Let me enlighten you with some handy dandy thoughts.

Lots of room for Activities!

At about 350 acres, there is plenty of room for running, jogging, and just about anything else.  There are lots of very well managed paths and roads.  We found lots of places to sit and watch the world go by, or at least to watch all the people on roller blades and skateboards.  There were also outdoor workout areas, fenced off soccer courts, and a lake with paddle boats.

The Buen Retiro Park

There is one really big lake that people take paddle boats out on.  There is also a little amphitheater area next to it where you can sit and watch.  Being me, I didn’t grab a shot of it,  that’ll give me something to go back to.  There were several little ponds like the one above.  Some had bridges, some were little loops.  It was great to find all this in the middle of the city.

One of the ponds with a neat rock ledge

It’s all Glass baby

There is a famous building in the middle of the park.  It’s called the Palacio de Cristal, or the Crystal Palace and it’s a very big pavilion building that is just glass around the outside and nothing on the inside.  It makes for a really great spot to go hang out.  There was even a guy who came by and started playing a violin for couples.  It was really very peaceful and a gang of two year olds was playing with the ducks just a few feet away.  Whew! that was rough.

Palacio de Cristal, The Crystal Palace

The other great thing about the park is its location.  It is right next to the Atocha metro station and several others.  The park is also just behind the Museo Prado, the naval museum, and a couple other museums.  So you can go from a museum to the park in only two blocks.  Which is nice considering that we try to walk everywhere.  You find so many little hidden things that way.


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  • http://www.mstravelingpants.travel Ms Traveling Pants

    Ah, El Retiro…what a wonderful place that I studied and slept many an afternoon in my two years in Madrid ’97-’99. I miss watching the Madrileño tradition of the “paseo.” There is nothing like a nice walk with a friend, family member, colleague, or peer to work off tapas, just talk, and relax.

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