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Retiro Park

The main park of Madrid, Spain, the Jardines del Buen Retiro or Parque del Buen Retiro (literally "Gardens" or "Park of the Pleasant Retreat"), or simply El Retiro, the Lungs of Madrid is a large and popular 1.4 km² (350 acres) park at the edge of the city center, very close to the Puerta de Alcalá and not far from the Museo del Prado. A magnificent park, filled with beautiful sculpture and monuments, galleries, a peaceful lake and host to a variety of events, it is rightfully one of Madrid's premier attractions. The park is entirely surrounded by the present-day city.

From late May through early October, every Sunday at midday, the Banda Sinfónica de Madrid gives free concerts from the bandstand in the park near the Calle d'Alcala.

The Park features an annual Book Fair.

Around the lake, Retiro's Pond, many puppet shows are greatly enjoyed by the children and all manner of street performers and fortune tellers. Rowboats can be rented to paddle about the Estanque. horse-drawn carriages are available for hire. Many families in Madrid go there on the relaxed summer afternoons.

All info on internet.

Detail of this gorgeous bandstand.

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