This lake is full of fish and used to be the scenario for many aquatic performances and naval battles. Moreover, in the past, the kings used to enjoy boat rides across it. There are two accessible rowing boats available with wheelchair space, safety belts, and anchors to achieve to greatest stability to enjoy the boat ride in Retiro Park. Furthermore, an accessible solar boat is available, where during the ride the crew teaches you about the solar energy the boat uses.
The popular Retiro Park is one of the main attractions in Madrid and is considered an outdoor museum. King Felipe IV ordered to build of this green oasis for the enjoyment of the Austrias in the 17th Century. Between the 18th and 19th Centuries, the Borbones improved this royal park with a lot of buildings and monuments, such as the artificial lake. However, during the Independence War (1808-1814) it became a fortress and a barrack for French soldiers. As a consequence, the destruction of the park was severe. In 1868, the Retiro Park became a municipal heritage and opened up its doors to the public.
While taking a walk along the 125 hectares, you can discover its buildings such as the Velázquez Palace or the Glass Palace, see the impressive monument of Alfonso XII or visit the amazing Rosaleda Garden. You can walk or wheel easily almost along the whole park, some paths are paved and others are sandy.
Prices for the accessible boats in Retiro Park:
- Rowing boats (Monday-Friday): 6€ per person.
- Rowing boat (Saturday, Sunday, and holiday): 8€ per person.
- Solar boat: 2€. That is to say that children under 4 years old ride for free.
Please notice that children under 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult.