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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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Madrid Segway Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 211 Reviews

Zip through the streets of Madrid on a revolutionary Segway! Not only is it easy but, loads of fun as well. You will see the Royal Palace, the Almudena, Templo ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: Varies

From USD $43.56

Madrid Bike Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 93 Reviews

Take this fun Madrid cycle tour and see the city at its best! Visit all the famous sights, from the Royal Palace and Retiro Park to Plaza Mayor and Puerta del ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $27.38

Segway Rental in Madrid

Rent a Segway in Madrid, and see the city and its countless sights at your own pace. After a practice session and safety briefing, set off on an electric ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: Varies

From USD $31.11

Madrid by Night Segway Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

See the magic of Madrid by night on a fun, 1-hour Segway tour! On a self-balancing, electric Segway, follow an expert guide around the historical neighborhood ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $49.78

Private Tour: Madrid Running Tour

Run or jog around Madrid on a 2- or 3-hour private running tour, led by a guide passionate about exercise and the city. The itinerary is flexible, so opt for a ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: Varies

From USD $43.56

Small-Group Madrid Running Tour

Exercise and see the sights of Madrid on a small-group running tour, led by a local fitness-expert guide! The 1.5-hour workout is set at the pace of the ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $31.11

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