At one time the private gardens were strictly for royalty, however today the Retiro Park is open to all without charge. Once the site of staged naval battles to entertain royalty, Retiro Parque Lake is now looked over by the statue of Alfonse XII .
What can you do in El Parquee del Buen Retiro
Only a short distance from the north entrance to the park is a small lake where one can rent a rowboat. The park is a very popular place, particularly on weekends when street entertainers and venders populate the west side of the lake!
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