Among the cultural activities that Madrid has to offer as a big capital, this city has many options for those looking to spend a relaxing time enjoying outdoor activities.
Madrid is recognized as one of the European cities with more green spaces. On the heart of Madrid there are several urban parks that act as real “lungs” providing an excellent place where to rest from the city’s rhythm. Among them, the most popular one is the “Parque Nacional del Buen Retiro”, commonly known as Retiro Park. This park has 118 Ha of gardens ideal to stroll around, practice sports, enjoy its monuments and also row in small boats on its beautiful lake.
Another important urban park is the "Campo del Moro Park", an extension of 20has of gardens that date back to Felipe VI’s reign, having today beautiful green spaces and magnificent sculptures, all combined in a unique architectural style. Other urban parks and gardens are "El Capricho", the "Royal Botanical Garden", the "Monte del Pardo" (a wonderful renaissance garden) and the "Casa de Campo Park", among others.
Only a few kilometers from the city center, on the same community of Madrid, unique natural environments wait to be discovered. Among this natural jewels is the Sierra de Guadarrama (Guadarrama hills), with peaks of up to 2430 m (highly valued by mountaineering lovers) and awesome landscapes where unique fauna could be appreciated. This is also an excellent place to practice bird watching.
Furthermore, another incredible place is El Hayedo de Montejo. Located in the border of Madrid’s province and Guadalajara, this beech forest is one of the most meridian ones of its kinds in all Europe. Its natural value attracts many nature lovers, which led to a regime of controlled visits; therefore it is advisable to book the visit before departing.
Madrid’s magnificent natural spots constitute excellent places where to practice adventure sports and outdoor activities. The hills of the rural area of Madrid are ideal for mountaineering, trekking and hiking. Several institutions have trips organized and provide information on the state of the different paths. An outdoor sport that has become very popular is mountain bike, being Madrid’s Mountains and National Parks the ideal scenario for a two wheels adventure.
Regarding snow sports, it is possible to practice this discipline in the province of Madrid. At just 23 km away from the city, in the town of Torremolinos is located the Xanadu Snow Zone, the unique indoor snow resort in all Spain, which forms part of a shopping and leisure centre. With activities for all ages and levels of expertise, this is an ideal option to enjoy skiing and snowboarding in Madrid.
Madrid has a long equestrian tradition, so if you want to experience horse riding, there are several clubs in the area dedicated to the art of horse ridding. There you can learn or improve jumps and maneuvers. Some horse riding clubs are Centro Ecuestre Alameda del Pardo, Centro Ecuestre Tovarich, Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, Hipodromo de la Zarzuela and Real Club Puerta de Hierro.
On the other hand, golf is a sport that is gaining great popularity in Madrid. The diffusion and support that has received helped it to lose the elitist character that used to have. With more than 27 Golf courses, both locals and visitors have plenty of opportunities to enjoy Golf in depth.
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