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Top places to practice outdoor sports in Madrid

Outdoor sports activities are booming. Many users prefer to practice sports in open spaces, where they can enjoy the view or the green space for motivation purposes. The main cities of Spain are committed to encouraging healthy habits within the population, including sport activities with great importance. For this reason, in the vast majority of urban parks in these cities, they have enabled exclusive spaces for athletes and healthy lifestyle lovers who like to play sports.

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Madrid is a city where sport is breathed into every corner. The sporting heart of the city is located in Parque del Retiro, where thousands of people pass through every day. Running and its many various forms are the most practiced types of sports in this park. It is common to find someone running for many hours and kilometres. A characteristic picture within an emblematic park. This space brings together different groups of fans, or, personal trainers who have chosen this spacious place as their official headquarters.

Parque del Retiro (Retiro Park) is a place where cyclists and skaters have the need to enjoy your favourite sports in a large amount of space. Many young people gather to practice all kinds of activities such as the popular long board or the traditional skating lines. A great way is to approach their practitioners and learn more about the sports that are designed for the city. Guaranteed fun at a ridiculous cost.

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Yoga and Tai Chi are the two meditation practices that gain more followers daily. A philosophy of life that seeks a complete personal development. It is quite common to find people practicing yoga individually or with different teachers at Yoga centres. They take advantage of this beautiful green space by meditating in the outdoor classroom. A park full of harmony that connects the spirit with mother nature.

Cycling enthusiasts have a path dedicated especially for them in the Anillo Verde Ciclista. It comprises a total of 64 kilometres with a vertical drop of 300 metres. A space that ensures high security, since motor vehicles can not pass through the road. This is ideal for skilled riders who need to complete a large number of kilometres daily or less experienced cyclists and families who just want to have fun for a day. It comprises several starting points, to which they are conveniently accessed.

Parque Juan Carlos located in the district of Barajas is another favourite for those who enjoy outdoor sports activities. An option chosen by those who prefer to work out in an open space or those who don't want to feel like doing sports within the enclosed four walls. In the Parque Juan Carlos I the bicycle rental service is available. This is ideal for people who do not have their own bike and love to roll on the green grass as a safe alternative space.

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Maintenance gymnastics is another typical activity in the Park Juan Carlos I. A discipline that combines basic classic stretching and balance exercises or elasticity with traditional ball or racket sports. A simple proposal aimed at users who want to practice some sports. 

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Madrid Rio es la propuesta más reciente para practicar deporte al aire libre en Madrid. Unas instalaciones modernas que responden plenamente a las necesidades de los ciudadanos. No pueden faltar vías específicas para los ciclistas, que se combinan con pistas para disfrutar del skate y del patinaje. En Madrid Rio se encuentran disponibles espacios para los deportes de raqueta como tenis o padel o canchas de fútbol. Además, cuenta con áreas infantiles y de juegos tradicionales para ampliar una oferta más que interesante. 

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You cannot miss the climbing or hiking activities within Madrid. The Sierra de Guadarrama is well connected with the capital and is preferred by many families and athletes, especially on the weekends. You can take part in any type of physical activity that your heart desires. The more adventurous activity is to go climbing. The Parque Natural hides different cliffs and walls that test the skills of the most experienced and novice climbers.

The winter season is one of the most awaited by lovers of outdoor sports. The ski slopes will open every year to receive thousands of enthusiasts who want to enjoy winter sports. There is always something for everyone, including downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing or sledding. All in all, there is a wide variety of activities to suit the demands of visitors.

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Outdoor sports are enjoyed in a completely different way, thanks to the freedom and tranquility that a relaxing green landscape, an endless cycle path or the beauty of the mountains offer.

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