Length: 5.7 km (3.5 miles), terrain gently hilly with 70 meter climb
Madrid running routes:
Madrid Old Town Sights route
Madrid Parque del Oeste route
Madrid Parque del Retiro route
Madrid Casa de Campo trail run
Madrid Rio Manzanares route
Madrid Cañadas trail runFor more running routes, see Route List.
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If you're staying in central Madrid, after a while you'll have had enough of the hustle and bustle of the endless traffic and the maze of streets. A good run in the extensive Parque del Oeste (Park of the West) is just the cure.
|Hilly landscape in the Parque del Oeste, photo by Keith Hauser|
This run will begin in one of the town's main hangouts, the Plaza de España. It then heads through the twin parks Parque de la Montana and Parque del Oeste before heading back through the quiet neighborhood to the east to loop back to the Plaza de España. And there are a lot of interesting sights along the way.
|The Plaza de España, photo by Asten|
The square is lively, often filled with events and and markets, people relaxing on the benches, enjoying the day. The big monument to Spain's great writer, Cervantes, dominates the square.
|Don Quijote, photo by Helga|
Stay close to Calle de Ferrez, heading north. You will run right towards the first surprise of the run: an Egyptian temple, the Temple of Debod. It was given as a present to Spain for the country's help in preserving the antiquities from the Aswan Dam flooding. The temple and its entrance archways sit like relics from another world on the hilltop.
|Temple of Debod, photo by leoncito|
|View of palace and Almudena from park, by Marco S. at www.pixelio.de|
|In the Rosaleda, photo by Keith Hauser|
Turn right at the first path, at the old factory ruins, and run north again. You are now running parallel to the car road, that runs north/south through the Parque del Oeste.
|Parque del Oeste lawn, by Roberto Lazo|
Cross the street and take the path uphill, northwards from there.
The path will curve towards the right, heading eastwards through the rolling parkland. Just keep running east through the maze of paths, and you'll eventually come to the park's northeast corner.
|Path through Oeste's rolling hills, photo by Roberto Barcia Fadon|
|Sunset at the park, photo by leoncito|
Run straight south along the Calle de la Princesa. It's a busy street, to we'd best turn off it at a good opportunity.
That will happen just one block past the air-force building, at the Calle de Benito Gutierrez. Turn right here.
After 2 blocks, turn left on the Calle de Martin de los Heros. This fairly quiet side-street will take you all the way back to the Plaza de España.