The Parque de Retiro is one of the largest parks in Madrid, centrally located just east of the Prado. The entire area of the Paseo del Prado and verdant Parque del Buen Retiro, called “Landscape of Light,” is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. The site belonged to the Spanish Monarchy until the late 19th century, when it became a public park filled with beautiful sculptures, a peaceful lake, and graceful paths that are wonderful for running.
Running along the edge of the 350-acre park makes for a great 4.1 km loop that hits all the sites, which include Palacio de Cristal, an 1887 glass house hosting contemporary art. There are many smaller additional paths crossing the park. Feel free to experiment with your own route or take ours! The park is about 2 km north-south and a little over 1 km east-west.
Add-Ons: Just north of Parque de Retiro, enjoy the wide, tree-lined avenues of the upscale Salamanca neighborhood, Can aso join our Madrid sights tour.
Video Highlights: Retiro Park & Madrid Sights (42 min.) virtualfitnesstv.com
- 4.1 km (2.5 miles) perimeter loop. Add-on with interior paths, nearby routes
- 108 feet
- Puerta de Alcala
- Metro stations on each side of the park
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