Madrid outdoors is for those of you who prefer to enjoy the weather as well as the many sights of the city! Here we list the top ten places to "get away from it all".
Should you require a little peace and tranquility this is where to find it...
...and you can let the kids run free!
Madrid Palacio Real - Gardens
The centrally located Royal palace (just off Plaza España) allows free access to its Gardens all year round. Here you can soak up sun or paddle in the fountains (highly recomended after a long walk). Metro: Plaza de España
Parque el buen Retiro- Park
Retiro is not simply a park like any other. This oasis of tranquility has been carefully cultivated with a variety of plants to ensure that year round there is both shade and colour! A favourite weekend spot for many Madrileños who spend their whole day in Madrid outdoors!There are also a number of activities within the park itself! Metro: Retiro
- Plaza Mayor
Madrids grand square, probably because it was the original town square "way back when". Here it is possible to forget the traffic and study either the architecture or the painted facades whilst drinking a coffee or trying some Tapas. The large number of painters that congregate here are always more than happy to let you view their efforts! (without obligation) Metro: Sol
- Casa de Campo
House in the country - Well it probably was when this enormous park was outside the city. Nowadays it is a large reserve in which you can get a taste of rural Spain without having to leave the city! You could always take the Cable car there and back (a fine way to see Madrid outdoors!) or the Metro to one of the two stations. The park includes at its edges a Racecourse, Theme Park Zoo and even a motorway! Metro: Lago or Batan
Parque Juan Carlos
Located a little way from the city center this park, named after the King of Spain, is Madrids newest. Somewhat a mixture of a park, golf course and the landscaping equivelent of modern art all rolled in to one. Located next to the IFEMA exhibition center. Note: Taxis to this park will charge a supplement. Metro: Campo de las Naciones
Either of Madrids theme parks are located away from the traffic and hustle & bustle of city life. From the Parque de attraciones you can even see the Madrid skyline from the top of the ferris wheel. Check out our guide for more detail: Madrid theme parks
A recently opened biopark offering you the chance to pass the day walking through a variety of different climates and ecosystems. Educational as well as fun! Check out our guide Faunia Madrid.
- Walk Madrid
Take a walk through the centre of the city! Our guide shows you how and where and even gives you ideas on where to stop! Our suggested route
- Madrids Waterparks
For those who remembered to bring their bathing suits these parks provide a full days relaxation outdoors! Perhaps the best Madrid outdoors activity for kids! Madrid Waterpark guide
Thats right "Bimble"! Its English for strolling the streets with no hurry or direction. Perhaps the easiest and most Spanish of activities. Take a map but don´t use it until you are ready to return to the hotel.
Work up an appetite seeing Madrid outdoors... and then check out Madrids food!
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