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Retiro Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Madrid: City Tour by Electric Tuk-Tuk

1. Madrid: City Tour by Electric Tuk-Tuk

Embark on an electric tuk-tuk tour of Madrid and discover some of the main monuments of the city. Enjoy the perfect introduction to Madrid as your guide recommends places to visit during your stay. Admire the exterior of some of Madrid's most iconic landmarks including the Royal Palace and the Almudena Cathedral. Ride through the charming neighborhoods of Las Letras and Retiro and see the House of Cervantes and the Church of Los Jerónimos. See the Palacio de las Cortes, the Puerta de Alcalá, and the facades of the museums of Paseo del Prado on this fun and exciting adventure through the city.

Madrid: 3-Hour Highlights Bike Tour

2. Madrid: 3-Hour Highlights Bike Tour

Cruise through Madrid on this guided bike tour as you take in many of the city's highlights. Ride on convenient cycle paths, in pedestrian zones, and through parks so you won't have to navigate traffic. Have the option to finish your tour with local snacks and a refreshing beverage.  Start your tour with a short explanation about how to safely ride your bike. Make your way to Plaza de Oriente and hear the stories about the creation of the statue of Filip IV, the Royal Palace, the Cathedral, and the San Nicolas Church. Admire the some of the oldest buildings in the city at the Plaza de la Villa and asorb the bustle of the Mercado San Miguel. Pass through the grand squares of Plaza Mayor and Santa Ana, before viewing the living wall of the Caixa Forum museum.  Pass the Prado Museum, Retiro Park, and Puerta de Alcalá before making your way to Puerta del Sol. Add to your experience by selecting the tapas option and enjoy 3 pintxos (small plates) and a non-alcoholic drink and the end of your tour.

Madrid: Private Sightseeing Segway Tour for 1, 2, or 3 Hours

3. Madrid: Private Sightseeing Segway Tour for 1, 2, or 3 Hours

An easy and fun way to meet the most emblematic places of Madrid is a tour by Segway. Visit the Old Madrid, New Madrid, Retiro Park or all. It is a one-hour tour which will pass through places as well known as: The Almudena Cathedral. The Royal Palace. Templo Debod.The Opera Square. Puerta del Sol or The new city as Prado Museum, Pza Santa Ana, Pta Alcala, Church of Jeronimos, etc or one hour in Retiro Park. For 3 hours, your guide suggests that you enjoy the Segway by designing your own ride. The fatigue will be minimal, with maximum fun thanks to the great Segways! You will go accompanied by an expert guide.

Madrid: Retiro Park 1.5-Hour Segway Tour

4. Madrid: Retiro Park 1.5-Hour Segway Tour

Climb aboard a self-balancing Segway to explore the most beautiful park in Madrid. Start with an introduction to the electric vehicles, and once you are comfortable on the Segway, glide over to the so-called "Barrio de las Letras" ("Literary Quarter") where some of Spain’s major literary figures, such as Cervantes and Lope de Vega, used to live. Journey down Calle de las Huertas to reach the Prado Museum, a world-famous temple of art. Then, follow your guide past one of the most beautiful churches in Madrid. See the magnificent facade of the Iglesia de los Jerónimos before arriving at Retiro Park. Ride around the park for about 40 minutes and see landmarks such as the lovely pond, Crystal Palace and monument representing Lucifer's fall from Heaven. Enjoy the relaxing sensation of gliding along the park's large avenues. Depart the park and make your way back to the start point, passing the Puerta de Alcalá (Alcalá Gate), Palacio de Cibeles (Cybele Palace) and Puerta del Sol at the true heart of the city.

Best of Madrid: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour in Small Groups

5. Best of Madrid: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour in Small Groups

See the best sights of Madrid in a fun and relaxed way on this guided bike tour. The distance covered is around 9 miles, during which your guide will tell you about the legends, art, and gastronomy of the city. The tour will get you acquainted with Madrid's most popular tourist attractions, such as the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, and Retiro Park. Make several stops along the way where your guide will give you more information about Madrid's sights. Enjoy a 20-minute break halfway through. Bike and helmet are included.

Madrid: Retiro Park Segway Tour

6. Madrid: Retiro Park Segway Tour

Explore the green heart of Madrid by Segway on a guided tour of the impressive Retiro Park. Get a short training session before you set off. Learn more about the history of the park, built as a retreat for the Spanish royal family and now home to more than 15,000 trees. Join the locals who come to stroll along the avenues or row boats on the lake. Hear about different features, such as the beautiful Rose Garden by Cecilio Rodriguez and the huge eucalyptus and cedar trees of the Jardín de Vivaces. See an old cypress tree – believed to be the oldest tree in the city – in the formal French-style Parterre Francés. Marvel at the glass pavilion by Ricardo Velázquez Bosco and encounter fountains and other features, such as the monument to Alfonso XII, an artificial mountain and the only statue in the world representing the devil.

Madrid: El Retiro Park Self-guided Audio Tour

7. Madrid: El Retiro Park Self-guided Audio Tour

Discover the park of El Retiro in Madrid with a self-guided audio tour. Gain insights into the this iconic Madrid landmark with an app that is available offline. Listen to fascinating stories based on an award-winning storytelling concept. Start your tour from the Royal Church of Saint Jerome and continue to explore the rest of the park. Visit various fountains, unique buildings, and monumental landmarks. Pause and continue the tour whenever you wish. Store the tour conveniently on your smartphone. Take the tour alone or with your friends or family.

Madrid: 1.5-Hour Retiro Park Guided Walking Tour

8. Madrid: 1.5-Hour Retiro Park Guided Walking Tour

Take a detailed tour of the park with an expert professional guide. El Retiro is the main park in the city of Madrid, a favorite place among both locals and visitors. Wwalk, run, visit historical monuments, see exhibitions, relax with friends or simply enjoy a stop for lunch. El Retiro has more than 19,000 trees of 167 different species, a lake and a variety of different sculptures, important buildings, and gardens that make the park one of the most famous parks in the world and one of the main attractions of Madrid. On this tour, your guide will take you on a route through El Retiro's most famous sites such as the Crystal Palace, the Philip IV Gate, as well as some sites that are not listed in the guides. At the end of the visit, your guide will recommend things to do such as relax on the grass, enjoy an ice cream or even rent a boat and explore the famous lake of the park.

Madrid: Private City Tour by Tuk Tuk

9. Madrid: Private City Tour by Tuk Tuk

Explore Madrid from the comfort of a Tuk Tuk on this guided city tour. Experience some of the city’s most popular sights and learn about each one from your driver and guide. Enjoy the convenience of a hotel pickup and head to the Los Jeronimos neighborhood to begin your private Madrid sightseeing tour. From here, make your way past the emblematic Retiro Park, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the Puerta de Alcalá, Paseo del Prado, the Royal Palace, and more, making stops along the way to take in each of the attractions. At the end of your tour, your driver will take you back to your hotel. 

Madrid: Retiro Park Guided Tour and Tapas Tasting

10. Madrid: Retiro Park Guided Tour and Tapas Tasting

Embark on a route through El Retiro's most famous sites such as the Crystal Palace and the Philip IV Gate, as well as some places that are not listed in guidebooks. Pick up insight from your knowledgeable guide along the way. El Retiro has more than 19,000 trees of 167 different species, a lake, and a variety of different sculptures, important buildings, and gardens that make the park one of the most famous in the world and one of the main attractions in Madrid. Then, enjoy a tapas tasting in one of the most important restaurants in Madrid. You will have the opportunity to taste several tapas typical of Spanish cuisine. Spain is internationally renowned for its gastronomy and is proud of its rich culture and culinary history. Discover the traditional tapas of Spain and experience Madrid's unique food culture like a local.

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What people are saying about Retiro Park

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 2,064 reviews

This was one of the best tours we’ve ever done. We booked the two hour tour and that gave us not only the opportunity to see the entire city, our driver made many stops and took the time to explain the history of Madrid. I highly recommend not only the tour, but if you can request Gabriel as your driver you won’t be disappointed. He has an awesome personality and is extremely knowledgeable. It was a very hot day and we had our water to stay hydrated … but we really appreciate him swinging his place of business and getting water for us … little things like that go a long way!

We had a wonderful and relaxing tour today! Alvaro was excellent with pointing out all the important city sites as he drove us around for 2 hours on the tuk-tuk. He has this water spritzing system that he would press throughout the tour that kept us refreshed during the hot Summer. Glad we took this tour on our first day in Madrid to see so much of the city!

Our guide was brilliant , so informative and made our trip ALOT of fun . Very helpful and also sent us recommendations for our weekend ! Thankyou so much tabi xx

We really enjoyed this. Our guide was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed listening to her. Was not a very large group which made it even nicer.

wonderful is not the word... Pablo was too good... in short period he could manage to show us real Madrid... thanks to the team