Free Tour through Retiro Park

Duration: 1h and 45min
Languages: English, Spanish
Guru: Madzguía
Quality Verified Registered on December 11, 2019

Hello everyone! I'm Rubén, official tour guide and guru of Madrid;), I'm 27 years old, I like to be called Rubens, I consider myself a "cat" (native of Madrid). I also collaborate with friends and family who help me occasionally with reservations. I have a degree in tourism and a history degree halfway through and at the moment I am self-employed. I started to fall in love with the profession in 2019 thanks, in part, to my friend Aurora, but starting in 2020 I worked with arkeotour, which is a company that also helped me a lot, and then in 2021 I started doing the tours on my own and prove. You must keep in mind that Madzguía has only been active for a short time and many times the minimum number of attendees necessary is not reached. Getting started, as you well know, is not easy at all. I am a fun guy, I consider myself close to people and I love exchanging opinions with travelers, since they can bring you experiences without having traveled outside of Madrid. I have traveled a little around Europe and that has helped me a little to love this job, because in every corner there is always a story to tell and I think that Madrid is a perfect city to teach all kinds of tours. It is a city full of life where everyone feels at home, for me it is one of the best cities in Spain and one of the best in the world. I have experience as a local guide, but I am very passionate about my work and I like to teach and explain events, for me it is the ideal job. That's why I think that being able to work in my own city doing something I like as a local guide is a privilege.

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
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Tour description

This is a tour that shows the history of El Retiro, it began as a palace for the court of Philip IV until it became a public park in the 20th century.

It is the lung of the city, our "central park", full of history, curiosities, anecdotes, legends, inescapable buildings and the magic that surrounds the park you can feel on this tour.
It is true that people only know the pond and the boats, but in reality there are many secrets that the park keeps and if you want you can see them with me.

Do you want to see the evolution it has had since its origins? Sign up and find out with me!

We will start on the Fernán Núñez promenade seeing the enigmatic statue of the Fallen Angel, then we will see the remains of the old ceramics factory, the old menagerie, statues, the large pond, mysterious gardens and we will end in the beautiful Parterre Garden that hides the oldest tree in Madrid!

For the tour to go out, at least 5 people are necessary.

For the night schedule, at least 6 people are necessary.

The park may close its internal gardens due to adverse weather conditions such as wind, rain, storm, snow or other reasons. It is very delicate, so I warn you to prepare yourself for everything; thank you and sorry.

If you bring a pet, please let us know so we know.

This tour includes civil liability insurance and additional explanation material.

This tour ends in the Jardín del Parterre (in front of the Casón del Buen Retiro).

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    C. de Alfonso XII, 54, 28014 Madrid, ...
    C. de Alfonso XII, 54, 28014 Madrid, Spain
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    I will be next to the door of the fallen angel with a sky blue umbrella. .

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Gate of the Fallen Angel
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Fountain of the Fallen Angel
  • 3
    Outside visit
    The Rose Garden
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Eugenio Trías Municipal Public Library
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Velázquez Palace
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Palacio de Cristal
  • 7
    Outside visit
    El Retiro Lake
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Retreat Flowerbed

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Pilar 05 Mar 2024

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Travelled in family - Mar 2024
Rubén es un profesional estupendo y una increíble paciencia con los usuarios más pequeños . Volveremos a repetir experiencia. Madrid es infinita !.
Maximino 21 Feb 2024

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Travelled in group - Feb 2024
Rubén es un guía 10, bien informado, explicación muy interesante y amena, y una cosa para nosotros muy positiva: manifiesta gran empatía con el grupo.
Miriam 30 Sep 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
Muy atento, creo le falta capacidad para relacionarse con el publico. Amable, atento.....le falto interactuar
Bianca 26 Sep 2023
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Travelled in group - Sep 2023
Excelente tour José. Te lleva por partes del retiro no tan conocidas y claro por los puntos clave también. Explica cada detalle.
VALERIE 26 Mar 2023

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Travelled in family - Mar 2023
Estoy feliz con el tour tomado, el guía es muy paciente y amable. Muy bien explicado todo. Gracias!
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 15 people.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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