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Palacio de Cristal

Paseo de Cuba, 4, 28009 Madrid, Spain
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Don't Miss the Gem of Retiro Park Madrid  Spain
A Morning Run in Madrid: Black Swans and a Crystal Palace Madrid  Spain
A Long Walk in the Park Madrid  Spain
Don't Miss the Gem of Retiro Park Madrid  Spain
A Morning Run in Madrid: Black Swans and a Crystal Palace Madrid  Spain
A Long Walk in the Park Madrid  Spain

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Don't Miss the Gem of Retiro Park

No matter what the season, it's worthwhile to wander through the exquisite Retiro Park when you're in Madrid. Here you can find a tranquil escape from crowded streets and museums. The unrivaled architecture of Madrid is echoed here in the wonderful monuments, statues, and buildings. Be sure to visit the gorgeous Crystal Palace (Palacio de Cristal), originally a greenhouse and now used for art exhibitions. Look for the beautiful black swans in the lake.

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about 6 years ago

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.
about 6 years ago

A Long Walk in the Park

When you travel to a new location, the only way to see it is through the eyes of a local, which means finding the local hangouts. If you happen to be in Madrid, this means strolling the afternoon away through Retiro Park.

This isn't any ordinary park; you can spend a full day (or two, or three) exploring the vast array of gardens, parks and art centers. As we strolled along, each turn in the path led to something new to explore. A rose garden. An open-air book fair (which we wandered for over an hour and we can't read Spanish!). Locals rollerblading and playing football. As we continued on and turned a corner, we knew we had come across something special.

Retiro Park was originally built for Spanish King Phillip IV, and opened to the public in the 1800s. One of the most beautiful buildings is the Palacio de Crista, or the Crystal Palace. It's made entirely of glass, and is worth spending some time at both inside and out.