Outdoor Activities in Madrid

By Viator, December 2015

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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, Madrid, null

Madrid Segway Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 292 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 $37.81
Madrid Bike Tour, Madrid, Segway Tours

Madrid Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 192 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 $27.01
Madrid by Night Segway Tour, Madrid, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Madrid by Night Segway Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 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 $47.54
Electric Scooter Rental in Madrid, Madrid, Segway Tours

Electric Scooter Rental in Madrid

if you are looking for an easy way to discover the city of Madrid, why not explore it in an ecologic and noise free electric scooter. Explore all the main ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: Flexible

From USD $12.96

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