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Short term rentals in Madrid
Madrid is quite expensive and finding affordable accommodation here can be difficult, especially during the high season Apartments for rent in Madrid may help you save money as they provide more space and more comfort than hotels for the same price or even cheaper! A short term rental in Madrid will be your home that will include a separate bedroom, a living room, a bathroom, and most importantly a fully functional kitchen. You will not be bothered by maids or noisy guests, but will be able to invite people over and live by your own schedule. Apartments in Madrid also have Internet access installed that will be market-, not hotel-priced.
If you opt to rent an apartment in Madrid, you will be able to travel with a few companions without paying much extra. Short term rentals in Madrid are priced per apartment, not per guest, whereas booking two or even three hotel rooms in any city will cost a lot more than one apartment rental.
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Buen Retiro Park

El Retiro is the central park in Madrid, one of the largest and most beautiful in the city, that is sometimes called "the green lungs of Madrid". If you are visiting Madrid in the autumn and have a spare day on your hands, spend it in the Retiro park, whose full splendor is especially apparent in the fall.

This immense green space had originally been a private royal park thanks to King Felipe IV, who used El Retiro in the mid-17th century for his private balls, parties, theatre plays and mock naval battles. The Retiro park continued to be a closed playground of Spanish kings up until the reign of Carlos III, who had partially opened the park grounds to the madrileГ±os. When Isabel II came in power, in 1869 she made the decision to turn the Retiro park into a completely public space.

The main entrance to the park is marked by the Puerta de AlcalГЎ, a work by Francesco Sabatini and a symbol of Madrid commissioned by Carlos III. Next to the Puerta of AlcalГЎ stands a famous equestrian statue of General Espartero the Peacemaker, erected in 1886.

The central pond, El Estanque Grande, is the heart of the Retiro park, where one can hire a boat to spend a leisurely hour or just stay off the water, watch street performers that congregate around the pond daily or take pictures of the majestic monument dedicated to Alfonso XII.

There is another, smaller pond in the park, next to which stands the beautiful greenhouse-like Palacio de Cristal, designed by VelГЎzquez Bosco out of steel and glass. This serene palace serves as an exhibition space for artworks from the Reina Sofia museum. There is another work of VelГЎzquez Bosco, Palacio VelГЎzquez (1883), that nowadays serves a similar function in the Retiro park.

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