Running in Madrid

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The entire city can be a huge athletics track. Find some great areas to run in Madrid below.

EL RETIRO PARK

It’s one of the best places to train, especially for short- and mid-distance races. It features a 4.5km course around the perimeter and many dirt paths across the park. Paseo de Coches is a good spot for training series.

MADRID RÍO

Inaugurated in 2011, this huge park that flanks the river Manzanares for about 10km offers sports and recreational facilities for the entire family.

The flat, paved running path has distance marks on it and offers beautiful views of Madrid. For longer distances, you can take the River Manzanares Linear Park.

CASA DE CAMPO

It has a 16km perimeter of paved and dirt roads with uphill and downhill sections, all of them pretty easy to tackle. There’s a 4km area, El Bosque, for more intense training.

SANTANDER PARK

The park has an all-weather 1,200 meter long running track. The track loops the entire park with marker posts every 100 m in both directions. There are plenty of runners on the path, especially late in the afternoon (mostly women and elderly) and the park is home to numerous sports facilities such as football pitches, paddle courts, outdoor gym equipment and a driving range. It is great both for long a long run and for shorter timed series.

OESTE PARK

This park is a must-visit for the more experienced runners out there. Featuring numerous tricky hills, this park will provide you with a unique running experience, as you take in amazing scenery and sights such as the famous Egyptian Templo de Debod. It features dirt paths with plenty of hills, perfect for those who wish to train their strength and power.

DEHESA DE LA VILLA PARK

On the northwest of Madrid, Dehesa de la Villa is perfect for running. It has interesting climbs and sharp bends. It looks like a forest, with lavish vegetation. From Cerro de los Locos, the highest peak in the park, the views of the sierras are just spectacular.

ENRIQUE TIERNO GALVÁN PARK

Located at the southeastern part of town, it is one of the biggest parks in Madrid with 45 ha and it is home to a Planetarium and an IMAX theater. The running track is a 4km of irregular, almost completely dirt paths with several drinking fountains.

JUAN CARLOS I PARK

Located next to Feria de Madrid, there is a place for everything on its 150 ha. You can roller skate, ride the bike, fly kites... and, of course, run. It has a big 3 km loop, numerous paths and a small hill for series. Many businessmen working in the area run there after they get off work.

MANZANARES LINEAR PARK

Located on both sides of the river Manzanares and designed by the architect Ricardo Bofill, Parque Lineal is southern Madrid’s greatest lung. With a surface of almost 42 ha, this green area includes numerous facilities to enjoy nature in your leisure time without having to leave the city. 

There is a 6 km loop on both sides of the river that connects to Madrid Rio, and provides spectacular views from its two observation decks.

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