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The best outdoor activities in Madrid

Madrid is a city that offers many relaxing outdoor activities to enjoy at your own leisure. Natural parks, theatres, water rides, and cultural tours are some of the many proposals that the capital city offers residents and tourists. Art, nature and history all meet in a city that combines the modern with the classic.
The 8-hectare Botanical Garden, for example, is one of the most interesting places to visit. Located next to Prado Museum, it is home to more than five thousand plant species from Europe and America. The exhibition is organised into four tiered terraces and offers guided tours to learn more about these species' history, their unique characteristics, and the various collection of exotic plants. The Botanical Garden opens its doors at 10am and also organises weekend workshops and group activities for school children.

Photo: © Luis García

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Located in Casa de Campo, the Zoo is another great attraction of Madrid. Its history dates back to the eighteenth century and is situated within the walls of Buen Retiro, which contains an old menagerie. In the enclosures of this zoo, species such as the giant panda or the orangutan from Borneo can be seen, with more than five hundred different breeds of animals and birds. On the other corner of the zoo, the famous dolphinarium can be found. The daily show offers an insight into the high intelligence of these aquatic mammals as well as their incredible learning ability.

Another outdoor event to enjoy is the theatrical show "In a place called Alcalá" (En un lugar llamado Alcalá). It is shown in the nearby town of Alcalá de Henares. This is a unique opportunity to see all the places that are linked to the famous Spanish writer, Miguel de Cervantes. The tour of Madrid municipality also includes, among others, the Colegio Mayor de San Ildefonso, La Plaza and Cervantes Statue, and Casa Natal de Cervantes Museum.

Tierno de Galván Park is the largest park in the the city of Madrid and offers numerous outdoor activities. Located in the district of Arganzuela, the park is equipped with green areas and sports facilities, playgrounds, and a semicircular-designed theatre which hosts various shows during the summer season. Another of its attractions, in addition to the outdoor cinema, is the Planetarium, where exhibitions, workshops, and other interesting events are held.

Rural tourism is the most attractive alternative that the city of Madrid offers. Madrid and its surroundings have areas of great natural and historical value, like the Escorial Monastery, the Sierra de Guadarrama Natural Park, and Fuenfría Valley, where visitors can go hiking in the mountains.

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