Retiro Park
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  • Royal Palace of Madrid Skip-the-Line and Retiro Park Tour

    1. Royal Palace of Madrid Skip-the-Line and Retiro Park Tour

    Enjoy your tour to Retiro Park, where you will take a pleasant walking tour of the green paths. Discover the landscaped marvels and encounter treasures, such as the Palacio de Cristal and remains of the Romanesque hermitage of San Pelayo and San Isidoro. Following the tour of the Retiro Park, you will have a short break and meet your guide at Plaza de Isabel II to start the tour of the incredible Royal Palace of Madrid. Learn the history of the Spanish monarchy with a skip-the-line ticket to the Royal Palace of Madrid. Marvel at objects from the royal collections, including paintings by Goya and Velázquez. Visit the Throne Room and Hall of Mirrors and see the glorious banquet halls and private apartments. After the tour of the Royal Palace, you then walk through the city to a historic bar in Madrid where you will have the opportunity to taste several tapas.

    Tour of the palace was great, guide was very knowledgeable. Retiro park is really nice but would skip the tapas; tapas place could not cater for vegetarians

  • Madrid: Secrets of Retiro Park 2-Hour Walking Tour

    2. Madrid: Secrets of Retiro Park 2-Hour Walking Tour

    Meet the professional guide at Puerta de la Independencia and embark on a journey through the 290-acre park, learning the history of the statue of Alfonso XII, the Crystal Palace, the Great Pond, the Parterre, the Felipe IV Gate, the Royal Astronomical Observatory, and the Artichoke Fountain along the way. You will also see the San Isidro ruins from the Romanesque period and contemplate architectural, sculptural, and landscape ensembles constructed between the 17th and 21st centuries. Learn how the Retiro was used as an urban park in 1767 when Carlos III agreed to use it for recreational events and in 1868 was taken under the ownership of the Madrid City Hall. During the French invasion, a big part of the original layout was destroyed and vestiges from the 17th and 18th centuries still remain.

  • Madrid 3-Hour Bike Tour in English

    3. Madrid 3-Hour Bike Tour in English

    Discover the monuments and people of Madrid on an intimate cycling tour and see places not accessible to other modes of transport. Whether travelling alone or with friends, the 3-hour bike tour is the perfect way to spend your time in the city. You will be in the company of a knowledgeable English-speaking monitor, who will provide useful tips and advice about what to do and see while in Madrid. Pedal through Plaza Mayor, the Paseo del Prado, home of the legendary Prado Museum, and the Palacio Real (Royal Palace), official residence of the Spanish monarchy. See the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, and ride through the city’s landmark Parque del Retiro. You will stop en route at various points of interest, to hear the fascinating history and stories of Madrid’s people and places. Get to know all the must-see attractions of the Spanish capital, and discover spots away from the typica...

    Our guide Job was excellent and Madrid is a beautiful city with good streets. However, the route took us onto a number of large thorough fares with heavy auto traffic and this was a bit stressful.

  • Madrid: Cibeles Palace & Retiro Park Walking Tour

    4. Madrid: Cibeles Palace & Retiro Park Walking Tour

    Start your tour with a visit to Cibeles Palace. This beautiful building, located at the intersection of Paseo del Prado and Calle Alcalá, was built in what at that time was known as the Jardines del Buen Retiro. Enter the building with your guide and get to know the opulent interiors. Then, head up to the rooftop for incredible views over Madrid and the Gran Vía.  After this, continue your tour by walking up Alcalá Street to enter Retiro Park. Find out how, in the 17th century, the Count-Duke of Olivares designed a space for the recreation of the king and his court, giving rise to the Jardines del Buen Retiro. Learn about how in 1868 the park became a municipal space and since then many elements have been added to its heritage. Listen as your guide explains the historical context behind the park's most outstanding attractions. Marvel at the size of the Big Pond and be dazzled by the bea...

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What people are saying about Retiro Park

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 124 reviews

it was a pretty nuce Tour through the Palacio Real. Our Guide Benny explained us a lot and it was very good organized. The Tapas afterwards werd delicious and we started the Tour through the Retiro Park. Unfortunately the weather wasn't in our side and parts of the group had to cancel it earlier due to the heavy rain. Benny offered us to continue the walk on the following day with a colleague of him. That was so amazing. Thanks for all.

Good tour with friendly guide

If you love to know more about the history then this is the tour for you. The guide was really friendly and funny throwing jokes in between so the tour wasn’t so boring with o let history. I took the option to get a tour of the Retiro Park and the I recommend it if you want to know again about the history. The guid had a nice way of connecting the history between rooms of the plane as well as the park.

Wonderful places. Nice guide.

The guide was nice and competent. She gave us a lot of details about the rooms of the Royal Palace, which is definitely worth the visit. We also had a nice tour inside the park, and the guide gave us historical information on the different attractions within the park. I recommend this guided tour.

The palace was beautiful!

I think Bennie could have been a little more informative and talkative. I felt like he only said and did what he HAD to do. David, who was with him training was more talkative than Bennie.

Fun bike ride around the city!

Our guide was super knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommend this bike ride. Great way to see Madrid!