Parque del Retiro, Palacio de Cristal
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A Morning Run in Madrid: Black Swans and a Crystal Palace
Of course, when you go to Madrid, you'll have to stay up late into the lively night—matar la noche (kill the night), as they say... But if you can possibly wake up early one morning, the city's Parque del Retiro (sometimes also called "Parque del Buen Retiro") offers one of the most beautiful places to run or jog of any European city. And you don't have to get up at dawn to have the place to yourself—Madrileños tend not to be early birds, so you can safely find morning solitude until at least 9 a.m. during the week... Make sure to run by the Palacio de Cristal, built in the 1880s to house flora and fauna from the Philippines, then still part of the Spanish Empire...and you'll have black swans for company.
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