If you're travelling with children and they get bored of visiting monument after monument, you can take a break in the 'Parque de las Palomas' (not suitable for allergy sufferers or phobics), which is flocked by hundreds of these birds. It's located in the area of Old San Juan, next to the 'Capilla del Cristo' with a view of the Bay. The custom is to buy a bag of corn somewhere nearby and to spend a pleasant morning in the shade of the trees or seated on a bench, where the mass of pigeons will come to feed. You have to be careful if you want to feed them by hand because they peck without any hesitation, and also be careful with scaring them in mid-flight because they tend to do their droppings over you. It’s believed that the 'Parque de las Palomas' was originally part of the 18th century defensive fort of which little remains nowadays.
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