The good weather is coming and with it more daylight hours. With the feeling of spring in the air, the best thing is to enjoy the daytime riding a bike through the city of Madrid. Read below our curated list of the five best biking routes.
Anillo Verde Ciclista de Madrid
Madrid’s Green Cycling Belt goes around all the four cardinal directions: Montecarmelo in the north, Hospital 12 de Octubre in the south, Casa de Campo in the west, and Parque Juan Carlos I in the east.
The route is divided into six general sections, demarcated by the points where it intersects with the six radial highways that start from Madrid towards the rest of Spain (A-1 to A-6).
Its complete route is almost 65 kilometers. It is not a difficult trail, so if you are a beginner, don’t worry, you will surely be able to follow it.
It has several starting points that include nearly 30 underground, Light Rail, or train stations near the route. The proximity to all these nearby-transport options may come in handy if you don´t want to cycle all the way back.
Despite being an eminently urban route, the fact that it crosses numerous parks, including Casa de Campo, and that it does not share the route with motor vehicles, makes it very pleasant to travel.
Another advantage is that along the route you will find many fountains and rest areas.
Being a circular route, the unevenness is the same in any direction and you can set off at any point.
You can choose the one closest to you or choose a nearby underground station. Remember that bikes aren’t allowed in the underground system in the rush hour.
Casa de Campo
With an approximate length of 17 kilometers, this bike route offers plenty of emblematic places such as the Antequinas stream, the Vacas house, or the Covatillas hill.
You can take this route either bordering the Casa de Campo or through the trails in the park. The most popular are:
Lake Route: a trail for beginners or amateur cyclists. It has a length of approximately 6 km.
Route of the hills: it follows several hills in the park and offers impressive views of the city. The route has a length of approximately 10 km.
Nature route: runs through the most wooded area of the park and it is ideal for those who want to enjoy nature. The route is approximately 8 km long.
And if you don’t have a bike, don’t worry! There are some bike hire spots near the lake.
Parque Juan Carlos I
This is a green space in Madrid that has several routes for cyclists. The circuit is well-signposted and it runs through the entire park and its most iconic areas.
It is about 8.5 km long, but since it is quite easy, you can do several laps along it.
It has fountains distributed throughout the park.
The circular route that borders the entire Park is one of the most popular routes since it offers a broader view of the park. This trail is approximately 9 km long and it is ideal for beginner cyclists and those looking for a calm and relaxing ride.
During the tour, cyclists can enjoy the park’s beautiful gardens and landscapes, as well as the artificial lagoon and its waterfowl.
The route also passes several points of interest in the park, such as the Palacio de Congresos, the Espacio Tower, the Titania Tower and the Aquopolis water park.
At the end of your route, you can enjoy a refreshing drink in one of the many terraces and bars in the area.
It is important to bear in mind that Juan Carlos I Park is a protected natural area, so traffic regulations and protected areas must be respected. It is also advisable to always carry water and sun protection during the route.
Parque Forestal de Valdebebas
This natural space located in Madrid has several routes for cyclists.
One of the most popular bicycle routes in the Valdebebas Forest Park runs through the entire park. This circular route has a length of approximately 6 km.
The route goes through various points of interest within the park, such as the artificial lake and the botanical garden. It has some picnic areas where you can rest and enjoy a refreshing drink.
The route begins at the park entrance and continues along the main path that runs through the entire park.
The Valdebebas Route is ideal during spring time, since shade vegetation is very scarce because it has not yet fully developed. It should be noted that this is a forest park with a central area with walkways, viewpoints, and mazes.
Monte de El Pardo
El Monte de El Pardo is a forest park located on the outskirts of Madrid that has several routes for cyclists.
One of the most popular bicycle routes in Monte de El Pardo is the circular route that borders the entire park. This route is approximately 22 km long and is ideal for more experienced cyclists and those looking for a challenging ride.
The Palace of El Pardo and the Hermitage of San Antonio de la Florida are some of the places that we can stumble upon on the route.
It is important to bear in mind that Monte de El Pardo is a protected natural area, so traffic regulations and protected areas must be respected.
This spring you cannot stop visiting these places, it doesn’t matter if you don’t have a bike, there is always somewhere where you can hire one.
Enjoy spring by bike!
In Vitium Residences shared apartments, we always encourage this type of sports activities among our students and we encourage them to get to know the city and also to exercise.