Mungo in City Bowl is a must-visit for heirloom-quality woven goods.
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Swim laps in view of the ocean at the Sea Point Pavillion Swimming Pool.
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The V&A Waterfront is a treasure trove of great art, food, and views.
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Browse contemporary works by top South African artists at Southern Guild.
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When in Woodstock, shop for local products at the popular Neighbourgoods Market.
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Make the short drive from Sea Point to the Clifton beaches and dip in the icy Atlantic.
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Don’t miss Parque del Retiro—a stunning area complete with a lake, playgrounds, gardens, and fountains. It’s the perfect public space where anyone can enjoy the day by taking a walk, playing a game, going on a boat ride, or exploring to your heart’s content.
Pretty in Retiro Park
One part of the Retiro, Jardines de Cecilio Rodríguez on the east side, is not only beautifully manicured but also full of peacocks. There were about 12-15 of the colorful males (and not so colorful females) strolling the grounds and strutting their art-nouveau feathers. This area is popular for picture taking and of course children love the birds!
The Retiro Park in Madrid is probably the greenest spot in the city and the park is massive. Other than dodging joggers and guys and gals on skateboards and roller blades, something that I enjoyed was paying a few euros for a boat and rowing around the lake.
Lunching on Anchovy-and-Tomato-Sandwich?
The Parque del Buen Retiro is one of Madrid‘s iconic outdoor spots: acres and acres of green and shade--the city’s beloved lung and playground... ...and several outdoor terrace-cafés dot the grounds for when you need a coffee, ice-cream, beer, horchata, or...an anchovy-and-tomato ‘bocadillo.’ My wife shied away, preferring an equally authentic egg-and-potato ‘tortilla’ sandwich...But for a pungent counterpoint to the crusty white bread, do like so many Spaniards and opt for the little fishies...
Walk Around Madrid's "Central Park"
Take time out of eating and drinking in Madrid and take a long stroll or do some eating or drinking in Madrid’s Parque del Retiro. Beautifully laid out, with different sections that beckon you to to the next site, there’s lots to see, summer or winter. (These shots are from winter, just imagine what summer looks like.)
Leisure in the Heart of Madrid
The ultimate offering of any large city is a reprieve from the hectic shuffle of everyday routine. This public park has sublime offerings for those intent on an afternoon of relaxation as well as for those seeking a more active approach. Parque del Buen Retiro houses Madrid’s oldest tree, Rosaleda rose garden, Retiro pond (perfect for paddle boating), as well as the Crystal Palace. You might find yourself returning again and again to find refuge from the streets.
Be sure to go often!
Every day is a great day to visit El Parque de Gran Retiro. No matter which path you choose to explore, there are delightful surprises around every bend. It might be a tiled bench reminiscent of ancient moorish palaces, an unusual waterfall sculpture or a peacock squawking in the trees above. The park is especially entertaining on weekends when street vendors, puppeteers, caricaturists, mimes and musicians line the promenade around the lake or “estanque”. Stroll in the shade of centuries-old trees, nibble on a refreshing ice cream or sit in one of the numerous cafes to linger over a cafe con leche. Retiro is a great place to people-watch or just while away a quiet afternoon.
The first day when we arrived in Madrid, We went directly to the Parque del retiro , this place enchanting, the most beautiful thing in this place was the lake, boats and ancient civilization.