Madrid Rio is the name given to the 820-hectare area running along the banks of the Manzanares river in Madrid. Unveiled in 2008, 1.5 km from Puerta del Sol, Madrid Rio runs alongside the river for 6 km and connects existing green areas like the Casa del Campo with the city center. As you explore, you'll see river rowing lanes, kiosks, cafes, restaurants, terraces, sports facilities, outdoor gyms for adults, and 17 children’s play areas which include a tree trunk jungle, a slides hill and a zip line area. Eleven new footbridges have also been built as part of Madrid Rio, and already-existing bridges have been improved. New trees have been planted, including 5,000 in Arganzuela Park which also has a new cultural center, an auditorium for concerts, and a large skating rink. But come summertime, the most popular spot in Madrid Rio is the Urban Beach, which is little wonder given that the nearest beach is 220 miles away.
This long park stretches from El Pardo in the north east to Getafe in South Madrid. Easily reachable by metro, the following stations serve the area—Principe Pio, Puerta del Ángel. Marqués de Vadillo, Legazpi, and Almendrales. Rio Urban Beach is between the bridges Puente de Toledo and Puente de Praga, close to Arganzuela Park. Sunloungers cost €2 for the full day, and there's also an onsite beach bar and water fountains to cool down in.