For many people jogging can be a bit of a chore, but heading out for a run when nothing but beautiful scenery and peaceful atmosphere awaits you sure takes the edge off!
Did you know that Madrid has more green spaces than any other European city? Mixed with the gorgeous weather and runner-friendly routes, it’s the perfect city for jogging! Get active with the 6 most beautiful places to go for a jog in Madrid.
Photo Credit: Javier Sierra
1. El Retiro Park
With its wide roads, beautiful lakes and greenery, this park is a runner’s favorite! It once belonged to the Spanish Monarchy so it’s hot on the tourist trail. Don’t let this deter you, the Crystal Palace and boating lakes are a must-see in Madrid! It has a perimeter of 5km and the terrain is flat with lots of drinking fountains.
Jog around El Retiro’s gardens for some exceptional plant life!
2. Parque del Oeste
If you like a more varied jogging terrain, then Parque del Oeste is your 5km challenge. This site used to be the city’s landfill in the 20th century, but has now become a place of beauty, one of many stunning parks in Madrid. You’ll see streams, lakes and a landscape covered in oak trees and rolling hills .
The stunning greenery of the Parque del Oeste
3. Madrid Río
The Madrid Río is a place of relaxation with its vibrant park and pungent rose gardens. Along your jog you’ll find various, impressive bridges that connect the two river sides together. If you’re an Atlético de Madrid fan, the Vicente Calderón stadium is on the route too! The perfect way to burn calories in the Spanish capital!
4. Juan Carlos I Park
For modern art, Juan Carlos I Park is a brilliant jogging route. The park is covered in open-air sculptures, big lakes and olive groves. An added bonus is that if you get tired, you can hop on the free train to see the rest of the park!
5. Templo Debod
If you want a short jog with fantastic views, try a couple of laps of Templo Debod! This 1km jogging route is a great place to see the mountains behind Madrid. Found near the Royal Palace and Sol, it’s an easy choice for a perfect, sight-seeing jog– day or night!
6. Casa de Campo Park
Casa de Campo park is a glorious example of Madrid’s love of nature. It used to be a royal hunting ground, but now it’s home to a beautiful lake. Get the cable car to Casa de Campo, then jog around the lake and surrounding green areas. Stop for a coffee at one of the cafe stands to soak in this great urban jungle.
Go for a lazy, summer’s jog around Casa de Campo’s lake. Photo Credit: mcxurxo