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Take a walk through the great pedestrian project in Madrid

The capital of Spain deserved a project like this. The huge project began in 2006 and today, Madrid Rio is a huge park that runs more than ten kilometers along the Manzanares River.

But the project also includes places of historical interest, sports and leisure spaces, etc. It is an ideal plan to walk it during the spring-summer season. Take a good bike ride or walk, enjoy its terraces and sunbathe in its green areas.
Although the city has an extensive list of municipal swimming pools, the Madrid Río project also has spaces to cool down, such as the jets that emerge as geysers from special surfaces.

Then I leave you with five things that you can not miss on your walk through this huge urban project. We start!

Slaughterhouse Madrid

You can do the walk where it suits you, however, this route goes from south to north.
You must go to the Legazpi metro station, which you can access via line 6 (gray) or 3 (green). From there you walk along Vado de Santa Catalina street until you reach Manzanares avenue.

The tour starts at Matadero in Madrid.
This complex of 40 buildings was commissioned by the City Council, in the early twentieth century, to perform the functions of industrial slaughterhouse and livestock market.

Currently, Matadero Madrid is a vibrant cultural center where you can see excellent plays and contemporary art exhibitions.
The main entrance is by Paseo de la Chopra.

Great Park of the Arganzuela

If you continue ascending you will arrive at the Gran Parque de la Arganzuela, a place where you will surely want to make a stop. These 25-hectare gardens house the so-called Urban Beach.
Lay your towel, relax, sunbathe and take a good bath in its refreshing jets.

Toledo Bridge

Given the importance of the town of Toledo, the capital before Madrid, important constructions such as the Toledo Gate and the Toledo Bridge were made to connect the new capital to the important city in the south.

The first bridge, designed by Juan Gómez de Mora and built by José de Villarreal, was ordered to be built by Felipe IV in the mid-17th century. It was called Puente de Toledano. However, a flood of the Manzanares River destroyed it.
The construction of the current bridge, in the Baroque style (churrigueresco), was in charge of Pedro Ribera, in 1715, during the reign of Felipe V.
If you are going below, I recommend that you climb the bridge. Not only does it have excellent views of the gardens, but in the middle, there are two churrigueresque-style temples with statues of the patrons of Madrid, the San Isidro Labrador and that of his wife Santa María de la Cabeza. Both were made in limestone, in the year 1723.

Vicente Calderon Stadium

Even if you are not fond of Atlético de Madrid or football, it is worth stopping to look at this imposing sports venue of one of the most important clubs in Spain.
The stadium was inaugurated in 1966, the year in which it was the only European stadium where all attendees could sit in armchairs.
The first name that was given was Estadio Manzanares, which was later replaced in 1971 by Vicente Calderón, in honor of the then president of the club.
An important fact for football lovers is that the first Madrid derby (Club Atlético de Madrid vs. Real Madrid Club de Fútbol) took place on April 16, 1967. The result of the match was a two-way draw.

The stadium has a capacity for around 55,000 spectators, houses an interesting museum and has a rather peculiar characteristic, a section of the M-30 road passes under one of its stands.

Segovia Bridge

At the intersection of Segovia Street with the Manzanares River is this beautiful bridge, the oldest in Madrid today.
At the end of the 16th century, Felipe II commissioned it to the architect Juan de Herrera, who also intervened in monumental works such as the Monastery of El Escorial and the Palacio de Aranjuez.

This is a perfect place to end the tour. Its green areas are ideal for resting while contemplating the ponds that have been built with the Madrid Rio project. Some are adorned with water lilies and in others, there are water sources.

Take a walk through the great pedestrian project in Madrid Take a walk through the great pedestrian project in Madrid Reviewed by Travel Directory on November 03, 2019 Rating: 5

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