The traditional way to spend spring afternoons in Madrid is to head out to Parque del Retiro on a Sunday and just relax. A picnic on the grass and a walk close to the lake; seeing the boats rowing in the pond, fortunetellers predicting the future, “alive statues”, performances, mariachis and magic bubbles paint a pretty portrait of just a regular weekend afternoon in this place.
Take your lomocams and prepare yourself for returning to the past in Parque del Retiro because every weekend, the park loses its quiet peace and becomes a mini party of sorts with anyone from the Teletubbies to fortunetellers and acrobats to mariachi musicians all taking part in the festivities.
Walk across Pond Avenue and enjoy seeing the boats rowing in circles while you dodge the grandpas with kids, lovestruck couples, and tacky rollers.
Get lost into its little woods and find old palaces, deserted zoos, and incredible places. Parque del Retiro rocks because you can escape from the big city to the purest of places – and on top of everything else, it’s for free!