The Madrid Rio

July 26, 2011 by

Free Things to Do, Local Recommendations, Things To Do

The Madrid Rio is a new urban beach, nature and recreation area on the banks of the Manzanares river, built over the old inner-ring road in the heart of the city only 1.5km from the Puerta del Sol. Take a pair of roller skates to explore this luscious park along the bicycle paths, to see various monuments from the Puerta del Rey gate to the Royal Palace and the shrine of the Virgin of El Puerto.

The green corridor runs alongside Madrid‘s river for 6 kilometres, and connects existing green areas from the Principe Pio railway station to Arganzuela park with the city centre. Take a trip along the river and learn about the fascinating characters of old Madrid in the time of washerwomen and water carriers, religious pilgrimages and open-air dances. The park includes new footbridges and the restoration of magnificent old bridges across the river, such as the Puente de Segovia, the Puente del Rey and the Puente de Toledo.

The Madrid Rio - Photo courtesy of Amphitryon

Enjoy an active day in the sports facilities, children’s play areas, innovative and historic bridges and Madrid Matadero cultural complex, built in a converted slaughterhouse with exhibitions, workshops and conferences. Alternatively, simply relax by the beach and enjoy the seaside atmosphere with areas for sunbathing.

- Jodi Rose

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