A sunny summer afternoon in Parque de Retiro

Parque de Retiro
Image copyright © Ioana Negoita

Madrid’s largest green area, el Parque de Retiro, is a popular and a magnificent place to spend a sunny afternoon. Some people rent rowboats and paddle in the pond, others just enjoy a tasty ice-cream under the shade of the trees, others relax on benches and there are those who enjoy a great day and place for photography. But it was not always like this. In the 17th century only the royal family was using it privately. A century later, the park was opened to the public too, but in the beginning, only those dressed formally were allowed to enter it.


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