Retiro Park is for sure a place you must visit in Madrid. A wonderful park in the heart of the city and a place where people go to relax, do some exercise, or just discover some of its many monuments like the one above, (photo – Alfonso XII monument). While you explore one of the most beautiful parks in Madrid you will come across lots of interesting street performers, beautiful buildings and monuments, surrounded by a relaxed atmosphere. Hiring a rowboat is one of the top activities to do at the Retiro Park
Entering from Calle Alcala you will find the lake near the Alfonso XII’s monument. The boats are in the corner of this popular spot.
The artificial lake was used by the King Felipe IV to reenact the Spanish armada navy battles, for the enjoyment of the royalty. The Monument to Alfonso XII that stands in the center of it deserves a special attention, there you can see, sitting down on its steps, some of the most beautiful sunsets in Madrid.
Boats: People per boat 4 max.
- From Monday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Spring Summer)
- From Monday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Autumn-Winter)
Price per boat: Mon-Fri: 6 euros / Sat-Sun and public Hols: 8 euros
Location: Paseo del Estanque, 0, 28001 Madrid.
Additional information: Bookings are not allowed, so you must go there directly, if you want to rent a boat. Weekends and holidays, there may be long lines, so the best option is to go as soon as possible.