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Madrid, Spain

A comprehensive guide to the best places to run in Madrid

Madrid, Spain is the third largest city in the European Union, and one of the most iconic and vibrant. It is a hub of business, culture and tourism, known for its food, history, and soccer. Madrid has lovely weather and more green spaces than any other European city. Madrid is divided into 21 districts. One link to many running spots is the Anilo Verde  — a 40-mile multi-use path forming a green belt around Madrid. The entire area of the Paseo del Prado and verdant Parque del Buen Retiro, called “Landscape of Light,” is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Note: Calle is Spanish for ‘street’.

The highlights of running in Madrid are its numerous large parks.  It’s especially beautiful in spring, with blossoming almond trees, bougainvillea, and cherry trees. There’s the iconic Casa de Campo (five times the size of New York City’s Central Park!), the nearby Parque del Oeste, and Parque de Retiro. Another great place to run in Madrid is along the esplanade path of the Mazanares River (Río). Runners can also follow major avenues on our Mardid ‘Runseeing‘ tour important sights. For nice neighborhood running, enjoy the wide, tree-lined streets of the upscale Salamanca neighborhood, just north of Parque Retiro. In northern Madrid, we love running in the Dehesa de la Villa park near the university, or the more modern Parque Juan Carlos I with its outdoor sculptures. In southern Madrid, there are nice parks for running in the Legazpi and and Usera districts.  Note: If you’d like to have a guided running experience in Madrid, we highly recommend our affiliate partner Go! Running Tours

There are lots of public transit options for getting around Madrid. The Metro (subway), and the four lines of the Light Metro, are the most popular. There’s also a local railway and extensive bus system.

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Usera Neighborhood Parks

Madrid, Spain

The Usera neighborhood, in southern Madrid, has numerous parks in relative proximity, all with pleasant paths for running. Highlights include Parque de la Pradolongo, Parque Emparatriz Maria de Austria, and Parque Forestal Julia Alguacil Gomez.
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The Madrid region experiences a mild semi-arid climate. WinWinters are cool to mild, with average highs of 50F (10C),with sporadic snowfalls and temperatures occasionally dropping below freezing. Summers are hot with average daytime highs over 90F (33C). Due to Madrid’s altitude and dry climate, diurnal ranges are often significant during the summer. Madrid is one of the driest capitals in Europe. So you shouldn’t have to worry about rain getting in the way of your run.

Madrid’s downtown, or Centro, houses the majority of hotels for travelers. Parque de Retiro, Parque de Casa Campo, Historic Sites Loop, Madrid Río, Anillo Verde (The Green Cyclist Belt of Madrid) and Parque del Oeste routes are all easily accessible from these hotels. The Juan Carlos I Park is further from the Centro Hotels but accessible through public transit.

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See our map for store locations. Green icons have group runs. Click on it for location, directions, details on group runs.

Stores

Running Company Specialized Running Shop.

Decathlon Multiple Locations. You will find passionate athletes to welcome you, advise you, and provide you with personalized service.

Group Runs

Lactic Acid Junkies A meetup with multiple locations, times, and distances. All runners are welcome.

Citylife’s Running Club The club meets every Monday and Wednesday at 7:25 pm at the Asics Shop — Calle Alcala 44.

Madrid Outdoor Sports: Paid running tours of Madrid. **Big thanks to the folks here for their help outlining the best running routes in Madrid**

Madrid has numerous running events. Running calendars below:

Events Calendars #1. from Madrid Running Company.

Events Calendar #2. 23 of Madrid’s best running events.

Some of the major events are:

Medio Maratón Nacional Ciudad de Getafe (National City Getafe Half Marathon) January. Half Marathon

Carrera popular Cerro Marmota (Fun Run and Walk Walker Woodchuck Hill) November. 10K and 25K. All proceeds fund childhood cancer research.

Rock ’n’ Roll Madrid Marathon and Half April. 10K, Half Marathon, and Marathon.

Medio Maratón Villa de Madrid (Asics Half Marathon Madrid) April. 5K and Half Marathon. Enjoy the sites of Madrid with this race starting in Paseo del Prado and finishing in Parque del Retiro.

Medio Maratón Rockero de Villaverde (Villaverde Rocker Half Marathon) December. Half Marathon.

Marcha la Carrera Solidaria por la Parálisis Cerebral (Solidarity Race for Cerebral Palsy) June. 5K or 10K.

Carrera de la Mujer (Madrid Women’s 5K) May. Part of the biggest female running series in Europe.