Outdoor Activities in Madrid

By Viator, April 2014

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Relatively flat and walk-able, Madrid is the kind of city that begs you to get lost in its streets, discovering hidden plazas and Castilian-style tapas bars. Here are a few of the best activities to get you outdoors and exploring the Spanish capital.

Retiro Park

Of course the most popular outdoor destination in Madrid is its centrally located Retiro Park. Scattered throughout its many paths, you’ll find sculptures, fountains, and even a free-to-enter palace of glass (called the Crystal Palace). Looking for a little more activity in the park? Head to its central pond and rent a boat, rowing your way to Spanish bliss while pedestrians amble along the surrounding paths. For a more tranquil park experience, bring your own bocadillo and bottle of wine and scope out a quiet plot of grass.

El Rastro

If shopping’s more your bag, turn it into an al fresco experience by hitting up Europe’s largest outdoor flea market, El Rastro, located near the La Latina Metro stop. Each Sunday morning, the streets of the Embajadores neighborhood overflow with over 3,500 stalls, hawking goods ranging from scarves to fans to antiques and just about every trinket in between. Make the most out of your journey there by following up your shopping spree with an afternoon of tapas hopping in La Latina, popping from one bar to the next for a drink and bite to eat.

Segway Tour

For a more adventurous outdoor adventure, and to cover more ground, embark on a Segway tour of Madrid. During your unconventional stroll around town, you’ll visit well-known sights like the Royal Palace and Plaza Mayor, all with a trusty guide at your side, filling you with informative tidbits along the way.

Farmers Market

To get the ultimate foodie-inspired outdoor experience, head to the city’s monthly Farmers Market – called El Dia del Mercado – located on the outskirts of the city’s other famous park, Casa de Campo. During the first Saturday of each month, vendors set up shop, many offering samples of their local delights for your tasting pleasure. Get your culinary fix by purchasing everything from produce to cheese, chocolate, liqueur and wine. Even better, pay just $1 and you’ll get to wine taste along the way (and bring the glass home with you).

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