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Running in Madrid

Explore Madrid from a different perspective on a running route. A healthy alternative to discover every corner of the city.

The Spanish capital has a lot to see and, if you want to combine tourism with your daily fitness routine, there's no better plan than going for a run in Madrid.

In this article we recommend the best places to run in Madrid during your trip. Whether you are an amateur or a running enthusiast, we invite you to discover the joy of running in the streets of Madrid.


The best places to go running in Madrid

From green parks to the wide, empty streets of the city centre at dawn, Madrid is the ideal setting for either long or short distance running. Here are some of the best places to run in Madrid:

El Retiro

Surely the most popular place among Madrid's runners, the park has a 4.5 km perimeter and several marked routes. Running in Madrid's El Retiro is a must-do experience for running enthusiasts, and an opportunity to discover the architectural wonders and landscapes of the city's green lung.

Madrid Río

Another fantastic alternative for a run in nature is this park on the banks of the Manzanares River. It offers more than 10 km of course with distance indicators on the ground, as well as a wide range of sports facilities.

Casa de Campo

With an approximate length of 17 kilometres, the Casa de Campo route is ideal for the sportier. The lake offers a spectacular setting for running while enjoying nature.

Parque del Oeste

Very close to the Temple of Debod, in the district of Moncloa, this large green space offers one of the best settings for a race in Madrid. It is one of the most challenging routes due to its unevenness and the changes between asphalt and dirt.

Madrid centre

If you prefer to run at dawn or at night, you can do a tourist run through the city centre, through Gran Vía and Puerta del Sol, head to the Paseo del Prado or jog past the Royal Palace and the Almudena Cathedral.


Running routes in Madrid

At Hotel Único we present two of our favourite running routes in Madrid. These are two accessible routes with little traffic that will take you through the green lung of the city, El Retiro.

5 km route through El Retiro Park

This route starts at the Hotel Único and follows Calle de Paulo Coello to the Retiro Park. Enter through the Puerta de Alcalá and enjoy a route that will allow you to see the Estanque Grande, the Palacio de Cristal and the Jardines de Herrero Palacios. Leave the park through Avenida de Menéndez Pelayo and continue around the park until you return to Paulo Coello in the direction of the hotel.



10 km route through El Retiro Park

This route extends the route to Paseo de Ferran Núñez and goes around the Pond, offering longer straight stretches to enjoy the full extent of the park. After going along the main avenues of El Retiro, exit at Puerta de Alcalá to return to the hotel.


Go for a run in Madrid and discover the city

At Hotel Único Madrid you will find the best accommodation for your city break. The location of our 5-star hotel in Madrid in the Salamanca neighbourhood, in the heart of the city, will allow you to go for a run and discover the most emblematic places in the city.

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April 30, 2024