The construction of the M-30 motorway meant that the South of Madrid suddenly was packed, and it separated the urban centre from the Manzanares river, which was historically an important recreational space for locals. The solution to this problem as Madrid Rio, a major park which lies along a 10 km stretch of the river.
Although Madrid has a wide variety of parks and gardens, each one offers something distinctly different to the capital. Madrid Río has a bit of everything, it's a perfect place to play sport, take a walk, or enjoy a picnic.
It's got plenty of playgrounds for children with swings made from recycled materials. And in summer, this park is the place to be, with the water jets cooling off visitors on the 'beach' and concerts and other cultural activities during the night.
Near to Madrid Rio is the Madrid Matadero, an old slaughterhouse which has been converted into a cultural space. If you want to enjoy a day of shopping in Madrid, the Rio 2 shopping centre is just around the corner, one of the largest in the capital.
In the map of Madrid Rio below, you'll find all the options available for leisure and sport