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Retiro Park, Madrid

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Contact: +34 91 588 1636(Tourist Information)
Open Hours: Open 24 hrs
It's known as the "lungs of Madrid," and few cities can boast such a large park (118 hectares, or 291.5 acres) in such a central location. There's a large boating lake and the park has three art galleries (Casa de Vacas, Palacio de Cristal and Palacio de Velázquez ). On weekends and holidays, it fills with madrileños (citizens of Madrid) and performers of all sorts, including mime artists and jugglers, painters, singers, puppet masters and fortune-tellers. It was built as a royal park in the 17th Century, and until 1868 it was the exclusive reserve of the aristocracy.