Leisure alternatives are painted green in the Community of Madrid to enjoy what remains of good weather. The demand for open places during the pandemic has configured a new map of urban plans and also to enjoy nature that dot the Madrid region. Alone or in a group, by yourself or in mode tour. There are free and paid offers for all audiences. Of course, without forgetting the mask in your pocket.
Riding through Guadarrama
The growing interest in horse riding and the horse trails invites you to discover the mountains of Madrid riding in small groups with an equestrian tour guide and monitor. The Viator tourist booking page organizes private walks through the mountains of the Guadarrama mountain range, which include interesting explanations about the fauna of the place. Aimed at both beginners and expert riders, it is possible to feel cowboy for a day.
Group routes (2.30 hours), 50 euros. Private tours (2 hours), 90 euros. viator.com.
Very healthy walks
Madrid in Green is a proposal of the Network of Environmental Education Centers with 50 itineraries for hiking in the community. On their website they provide maps, audio guides and information on the routes that run through ravines, water paths and areas of ornithological interest. For example, to know the Southeast regional park, the Alberche river basin or the Lozoya valley. A maximum of 10 hikers per group is recommended to ensure social distance. Adeni also organizes “healthy routes” and in the capital the guides of Civitatis add routes from legends and movie sets, and Viator skill games and escape room.
Madrid on wheels
Moving on wheels is state of the art. To do it in segway, there are Guided tours of the Retreat, the Cottage and the Juan Carlos I park. Euro Segway Madrid Tours offer, in addition, a tour express of four kilometers by the Historic Madrid, and Segway Trip It proposes routes combined with stops for tapas or a chocolate with churros. For urban bike lovers, Madrid Bike Tours He rents them for day or night trips, also in an electric version. Out of the city, Bike Routes gives tracks to pedal through the mountains. Another alternative is to combine bike and public transport on your own, guided by the program of Green Routes of the region, such as those of Pitis, El Pardo, Manzanares el Real or Peñalara. Or mix bicycle and train with the reference of the Bike train, publications by Tomás Lorenzo Velayos with 45 cycling routes. For the most launched, Viator.com dispose of tours on buggy and tuk tuk (minivans to motor) through the authentic Madrid, that stroll through the neighborhood of the Austrias and the Bourbons.
Euro Segway Madrid: 1 hour from 20 euros (segwaymadridtours.com). Segway Trip: 1 hour from 25 euros (segwaytrip.com). Madrid Bike Tours: 1 hour from 21.90 euros (madridbiketours.com). Bike routes (rutasenbici.net). Green Routes Program (crtm.es). Bicycle train 1 and 2 (comunidad.madrid). Viator.com: routes in ‘buggy’ (1 hour from 35 euros) and ‘tuk tuk’ (from 40 euros).
Adrenaline in the water
The Leisure and Adventure Sports Club offers fun water activities since 2013 in the swamp of San Juan, in the town of San Martín de Valdeiglesias. This is the only motor-navigable swamp in the region, and the place to practice flyboard, wakeboard, paddle surf, kayak routes and banana boat. They also have quiet boat trips. Many other clubs operate in the area. They say that, in these three years, there has been a boom.
Activities (1 hour duration) from 150 euros for groups (minimum three people); ociopantanosanjuan.com.
A toast after flying
Aerotours qualifies as an “indelible experience” the hot air balloon ride that for an hour flies over the Guadarrama national park (for groups of two people). The journey includes, in addition to a lot of adrenaline, lunch, video and a champagne toast. Always in the Clouds —through the experience company Aladinia– offers three-hour flights for groups of 6 to 10 people and includes a diploma. It is necessary to wear comfortable clothing and to be 18 years old.
In the middle of Madrid Rio, the green avenue that runs along both banks of the Manzanares, overlooks the skatepark Ignacio Echeverria, whose name recalls the young Basque skater killed in the London attacks in 2017. Young people and children comb their concrete dunes on the skateboard, while it sounds song trap the latina on some portable speaker. In their 2,300 square meters There is also room for a skating rink to slide on scooters or bicycles. In addition, last July a skatepark of 880 square meters also in tribute to the young man known as the skateboard hero in the Madrid town of Paracuellos del Jarama.
Paseo de la Chopera, 4. Madrid Río. Free.
Since 2016, the annual contest Pinta Malasaña brings together hundreds of artists to graffiti —With permission— metal closures and windows of the shops in this central Madrid neighborhood. Next September 19, until 100 international creators will take part in a hundred spaces. “We are open to performances and ephemeral installations ”, they add from the digital publication We are Malasaña, that next to Madrid Street Art Project organize this festival of urban art. They upload maps and routes to their website to facilitate tours, and guided tours may arise. This group also prepares graffiti “safaris” around Lavapiés.
Sand, music and volleyball
There is little time to enjoy, until September 15, the ephemeral beach MadBeach Club installed in Madrid. This 17,000 square meter multi-space, located in Puerta del Ángel, offers performances and beach volleyball classes. On Saturdays they serve aperitif and paellada (from 12.30 to 16.00). While the heat rages on, the public flows pizpireto through its leisure areas.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.