Football is a sport we all love and enjoy more than anything else. It brings us excitement and gets our adrenaline going but sometimes even the things we love the most can become a bit draining and we simply need to get away. Thus, trying out a different sport is highly recommended, especially the one that allows your brain to disconnect at least for a few hours. Running is a perfect example of that. It is the most popular solo physical activity in the world, maintaining the perfect balance of stress relief and physical fitness.

At CeleBreak, our primary aim is to connect football lovers from all around the globe; however, football is not the only sport you can get involved. For this reason, we also invest our time gathering information on other strenuous activities such as running. This time we would like to present you a list of 7 best places to run in Madrid.

 

RUNNING IN THE CITY OF MADRID

Running Route 1: Casa de Campo

We start our running tour at one of the most beautiful natural spaces in Europe – Casa de Campo. It is Madrid’s largest public park, located in the west part of the city. In fact, Casa de Campo is five times the size of New York City’s central park, being not only the largest natural space resort in Madrid but also one of the largest in the entire world.

Even though Casa de Campo is originally an urban park, a variety of flora and fauna that can be found in various parts of the park will actually make you feel like you are in a forest. Aside from its natural greenery and terrain, Casa de Campo offers a great range of other attractions as well. From the amusement park, the Madrid zoo and aquarium to the Madrid multipurpose venue arena – there will be something for everyone’s taste.

Having said that, the park is the best renowned for its sports enthusiasm. Running is the most promoted physical activity at Casa de Campo, with hundreds of people clogging the running paths each day. There are many routes that you can take at Casa de Campo, but the most popular one starts at the Royal Palace and loops through a small section of the park. In general, there are hundreds of paths you can choose, depending on the entrance point.

The surface is paved (asphalt) with several hills and valleys along the way that form the gradual inclination for up to 115 meters.

Distance: 6.4 km but can be much more depending on the route (round trip)

Full route: Casa de Campo (several entrances)

Surface: Asphalt (concrete)

Running Route 2: Madrid ‘Runseeing’ Tour

Our second chosen route is composed of some of the most gorgeous scenery Madrid has to offer. It is called the Madrid ‘Runseeing’ Tour that follows various historic and major avenues through several of Madrid’s most popular sites.

The journey begins at the Museo Nacional del Prado (Prado Museum) and continues down to the south where we visit the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. Further along your journey, you will come across several plazas and city parks before stopping at the Puerta de Toledo (the famous gate). After passing the Puerta de Toledo, you will be heading back up the north towards the Royal Palace of Madrid. Towards the finishing point of your journey, you will reach one of the most alluring grand squares in Madrid – Plaza de Cibeles.

The full loop is approximately 7.5 kilometres long with the gradual elevation of up 76 metres in certain parts of the loop. The surface is all asphalt as you will be running on the sidewalks.

Distance: 7.5 km (round trip)

Full route: Prado Museum -> Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia -> Puerta de Toledo -> Royal Palace of Madrid -> Plaza de Cibeles

Surface: Asphalt (concrete)

Running Route 3: Parque de El Retiro

The third running route on our list comes in the form of another green space – Parque de El Retiro (El Retiro Park). It is widely regarded as Madrid’s second most famous park, comprising more than 15 thousand trees. Nicknamed ‘the green lungs of the city’, El Retiro Park is famous for its monuments and gardens, including the Jardin de Vivaces, the Jardines de Cecilio Rodriguez, the Jardines del Arquitecto Herrero Palacios, and the Rosaleda Rose Garden.

The park is also home to a large artificial lake, where you can rent a boat, and visit the Velazquez Palace and Glass Palace which are both reachable by boat. Additionally, the park is equipped with the municipal sports centre and the public library, offering you a wide range of activities alongside a walk in the park.

Speaking of physical activities, El Retiro Park is a popular spot among sports enthusiasts and especially runners. There are many paths that cross the park, where you will be able to admire some gorgeous scenery, including Palacio de Cristal and the 1887 glasshouse. The surface is paved, presenting an elevation of up to 33 metres in certain places of the park.

Distance: 4.1 km (round trip)

Full route: El Retiro Park

Surface: Asphalt (concrete)

Running Route 4: Juan Carlos I Park

The fourth best place to run in Madrid can be found in the park of Juan Carlos I. It is a major municipal park for those who are interested in both running and modern art. The park is located in the northeast of Madrid, covering 160 hectares of land with 19 open-air sculptures, a large lake, and olive groves to admire.

The park is most renowned for its sculptures and even has a well-established 5 kilometres long sculptures path. There is also a free tourist train looping around the park that offers a pick-up and a drop-off service for those who might be feeling a little bit tired after those long walks.

In addition to its art exhibitions, Juan Carlos I Park is ideal for practising a variety of sports. Visitors can try out a large skating rink, a golf course, and even water sports such as canoeing. However, running still remains one of the most prominent and practised physical activities in the park of Juan Carlos I. The most common loop is around 5 kilometres in length, which can be further extended as there are additional 8 kilometres of paved paths inside the park. The ground is all asphalt; thus, prepare for it like you do for any other running trip.

Distance: 4.8 km + additional 8 km (round trip)

Full route: Juan Carlos I Park

Surface: Asphalt (concrete)

Running Route 5: Madrid Rio Park

The Madrid Rio Park is yet another natural space that can be used as a perfect running route. It is a multi-purpose leisure and cultural spot parallel to the river of Manzanares. Historic monuments, cultural facilities, sports and children playing grounds provide the perfect recipe for time well spent. Speaking of cultural offering, a number of exhibitions, musical festivals, and theatre plays are held at Matadero Madrid, which is an arts centre located in Rio Park.  

Nonetheless, most importantly, the Madrid Rio Park offers approximately 10 kilometres of running paths along the river of Manzanares. During your running trip, you will be able to sightsee some of the most famous landmarks, including the Royals Palace of Madrid and Almudena Cathedral. The most popular running route starts at the Puerta de San Vincente by crossing over the river on Puente del Rey. Following this route, you will enjoy beautiful river environment and gorgeous bridges.

The full distance is around 10.5 kilometres, running along the paved (asphalt) multi-use paths.

Distance: 10.5 km (round trip)

Full route: Puerta de San Vincente -> Puente del Rey -> Calle de Vado de Sta. Catalina -> Puerta de San Vincente

Surface: Asphalt (concrete)

Running Route 6: Fortuna – Arroyo de la Canaleja

From the running paths in the parks and the city centre to the district of groomed gravel. Our sixth suggested running route can be found in the district of Fortuna in Southwest of Madrid. It is perfect for those who want to escape people and run in a quiet and pleasant area as Fortuna is found in a slightly more isolated part of Madrid.

The route consists of a series of groomed gravel paths along the Arroyo de la Canaleja (the Arroyo canal). The paths will take you further west into the forests of Presillas Park and east to Parque Batarque. A full loop can be around 15 kilometres long; however, it varies greatly as there is no fixed path, meaning that runners can put together a route of their choice by themselves.

As the paths are made of groomed gravel, it can get a bit dusty, and your feet might need some more time to adjust if you are used to running only on asphalt. Running shoes that are comfortable for running on gravel should be the priority, and we kindly encourage you to buy a pair of those!

Distance: Around 15 km or more

Full route: Arroyo de la Canaleja

Surface: Groomed gravel

Running Route 7: Dehesa de la Villa

Our final suggested running route is the most exotic and different from the ones presented so far. The Dehesa de la Villa is a woodland area, with landscaping and gardens in the sections close to the city and plantations of cedar trees. This park is renowned for being home to bird life, with more than 70 different species have been found there.

There are a few forested dirt paths along the park, with some hilly terrain that is perfect for more advanced runners. Its elevation goes up to 92 metres in some parts of the area, with a full loop around the Dehesa de la Villa of around 5 kilometres long. It can be found just to the north of the University of Madrid; thus, it is a great spot for sports students who are looking for a challenging workout.

Distance: 5 km

Full route: Dehesa de la Villa

Surface: Dirt/gravel

 

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