Where to go running in Madrid?

Madrid is a city plenty of green areas which along with a really good weather converts the city into aperfect place for practicing sports like running during your stay.

Before you read this post remember that Where To Madrid offers you the link to download three different guides about practicing sports in Madrid. Check the section "Download guides" and scroll down to find Sports Guides.

The best areas to run in Madrid are:
  • The Buen Retiro Park

Right in the city center this beautiful park is one of Madrid's best touristic visits and one of the largest green areas of the city. The park belonged to the Spanish Monarchy until the late 19th century, when it became a public park filled with beautiful sculpture and monuments, galleries, a peaceful lake and a wide range of roads and tracks to run. Web

Perimeter: 4,5 km
Size: 1.4 km2 (140 hectares)
Ground: Roads and paths
Water: Public Toilets, Fountains and Bars
Opening Times: Winter 6:00 - 22:00, Summer 6:00 - 24:00
How to get there:
Metro: Retiro (L2), Príncipe de Vergara (L2, L9), Ibiza (L9), Atocha (L1)
Bus: Routes 1,2, 9, 15, 19, 20, 28, 51, 52, 79, 146, 202.
Parking: Not

  • The Casa de Campo Park

The city largest park situated West of central Madrid. What in the past was a hunting Royal estate today is a public green area where are located an amusement park, zoo & aquarium, a sports center, a lake with pier and different pavilions for events and fairs. Casa de Campo is 5 times bigger than Central Park in New York or 6.5 times bigger than Hyde Park in London. The topography includes gentle ondulating hills and several valleys west to east, presenting a maximum height difference of 110 metres. Bikers and runners share the hundreds of paths, tracks and roads available, specially on weekends. Web

Perimeter: 17 km
Size: 7 km2 (700 hectares)
Ground: Roads and paths
Water: Public Toilets, Fountains, Vending machines and Bars
How to get there:
Metro: Casa de Campo (L5, L10), Lago (L10), Batán (L10)
Bus: North access (Routes: 160, 161), East access (Routes: 41, 75), South access (25, 31, 33, 36, 39, 55, 65)
Car: Access limited 6:00 AM - 12:00/1:00 AM (Winter/Summer). You can find the entrance in Avenidad de Valladolid street.
  •  Juan Carlos I Park

This modern park (created in 1992) is situated East of central Madrid. The Juan Carlos I park is the second largest public park of Madrid after Casa de Campo but in comparison is more urbanized. The park includes a lake, a river, an outdoor auditorium and nineteen abstract sculptures of different international artists. There is a route that goes over the nineteen sculptures called "The sculptures path". There is a well defined circle of 3 km and several alternatives all of them well paved that totalize 12 km. The topography is almost flat with a small hill in the west area perfect for doing series. Web

Perimeter: 6 km
Size: 1.6 km2 (160 hectares)
Ground: Roads and paths
Water: Public Toilets, Fountains and Bars
Opening times: Winter 7:00 - 23:00, Summer 7:00 - 1:00
How to get there:
Metro: Campo de las naciones (L8)
Bus: Routes 104, 112, 122
Parking: Yes

  • Madrid Río    

A new riverside park 10 kilometers long situated South of central Madrid that conforms a large area of environmental, sporting, leisure and cultural interest. Madrid Río offers 42 kilometres of paths for walkers and runners and provides a link with other green spaces in the city such as Casa de Campo and the Linear Park of the Manzanares River. Web

Length: 10km
Size: 6.5 km2 (649 hectares)
Ground: Roads and paths
Water: Fountains  
How to get there:
Metro Madrid Río North: Príncipe Pío (L6, L10 and R) and Puerta del Ángel (L6)
Metro Madrid Río Centre: Pirámides (L5), Marqués de Vadillo (L5) and Usera (L6)
Metro Madrid Río South: Legazpi (L3)
Download Map of Madrid Río

  • Dehesa de la Villa Park

The Dehesa de la Villa is a park located Northwest of central Madrid. In the past a royal road that joined the Palace in the Retiro Park with the palace in El Pardo. The Dehesa de la Villa is today a park which main feature is that it looks like a forest instead of a park because of the hundreds of pines planted by Queen Isabel II. Like the Casa de Campo park is the perfect spot for those runners who try to escape from the road and the asphalt. There is a 1.8 kilometres signposted circuit for walkers and runners (3.6 kilometres) that goes through 18 gymnastic equipments. It´s easy to see squirrels playing in the trees. Web

Perimeter: 5,6 km
Size: 0.645 km2 (70 hectares)
Ground: Paths
Water: Public Toilets, Fountains and a Bars
How to get there:
Metro: Francos Rodríguez (L7)
Bus: Routes 44, 64, 126, 127, 132
  • Anillo Verde (The Green Cyclist Belt of Madrid)

The Green Cyclist Belt of Madrid is a cycle path of around 64km in length surrounding the municipality of Madrid. It was opened in 2007 so the infrastructure is new and well mantained. The path is 6 feet wide, 4 of which are for bikes and 2 for pedestrians. The ground is red asphalt in most of the route. There are 45 resting areas equiped with benchs, fountains, path maps and trees to provide shade. The net increase in altitude in the route is 310 metres which makes the path a really good option for city runners and even more when there is a metro station or train station each 5 kilometres or less during the whole circle path. Web 

Length: 64km
Ground: Red asphalt
Water: Fountains in each resting area
How to get there:
km 0: Metro Station Palas del Rey (ML1)

Km 5: Metro Station Parque de Sta. María (L4)
Km 6: Metro Station San Lorenzo (L4)
km 8: Metro Station El Capricho (L5)
Km 10: Metro Station Canillejas (L5)
Km 12: Metro Station Estadio Olímpico (L7)
Km 16: Metro Station Pavones (L1)
Km 17: Metro Station Miguel Hernández (L1)
Km 23: Train Station El Pozo (C-1, C-2, C-7)
Km 28: Metro Station Hospital 12 de Octubre (L3)
Km 30: Train Station Orcasitas (C-5)
Km 33: Metro Station San Francisco (L11)
Km 34: Metro Station Aluche (L5)
Km 35: Train Station Aluche (C-5)
Km 40: Metro Station Casa de Campo (L10)
Km 43: Metro Station Lago (L10)
Km 52: Metro Station Pitis (L7)
Km 53: Train Station Pitis (C-7, C-8)
Km 57: Metro Station Montecarmelo (L10)
Km 59: Train Station Fuencarral (C-1, C-7, C-10)
Km 64: Metro Station Las Tablas (L10, ML1)
Km 65: Metro Station Palas del Rey (ML1)
Download Map of the Green Cyclist Belt of Madrid (in Spanish)