Madrid River News: One of the world’s most fantastic cities, Madrid, will create an enormous green belt alongside the river in Madrid (Madrid River), including an urban beach area! This is a spectacular project that will give the citizens and tourists a brand new experience! The city will feel even more friendly. Have a look at this YouTube video for more information. You will be amazed!

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Is there a river in Madrid?

Yes, indeed there is an amazing river in Madrid! The Manzanares River (Real de Manzanares) runs through the heart of Madrid and has provided a source of freshwater for the city since its foundation. The Manzanares flows south from the Sierra de Guadarrama before joining the westerly flowing Tagus River. After a 1,000km journey, the water flows out into the Atlantic Ocean on the Portuguese coastline.

Where is Madrid located?

Madrid lies on the River Manzanares in the center of both the country and the Community of Madrid. This community is bordered by the autonomous communities of Castile and León and Castile-La Mancha. As the capital city of Spain, the seat of government, and residence of the Spanish monarch, Madrid is also the political, economic and cultural center of the country.[13] The current mayor is José Luis Martínez-Almeida from the People’s Party.

Madrid is the capital and most populous city in Spain. The city has almost 3.3 million inhabitants and a metropolitan area population of approximately 6.5 million, according to Wikipedia. It is the third-largest city in the European Union, surpassed only by London and Berlin, and its monocentric metropolitan area is the third-largest in the EU, smaller only than those of London and Paris. The municipality covers 604.3 km2.

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Source: ViaMichelin

Who said that Madrid lacks a beach place?

A lot of people say that Madrid doesn´t have a beach, but a big part of the Madrileños say that´s not true. Madrid does have a beach, it only is 350km away and it´s called Valencia.

The other option is the artificial beach in Parla, just outside the city center. (La Playa Artificial de Parla)
The Madrid Río has also got a part called Madrid Playa, but that´s just to walk around, not to swim, Madrid Río is a huge park (1210881 m²) that was finished just a year ago next to the Río Manzanares. For tree lovers: 33.623 trees were planted!

Here is a video telling you more about the new Madrid River project


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Update – Although the plans for the river in Madrid changed, the hope for a beautiful beach in the city center is not lost. Here is the updated information:

Madrid mayor Manuela Carmena has approved plans for the construction of ‘MadBeach’, which will be a sandy zone complete with chiringuitos (beach bars) hammocks, volleyball courts and a wave pool. Source: TheLocal

The attraction—dubbed “MadBeach”—is being set up on the Plaza de Colón near the capital’s Museo Arqueológico Nacional. It will offer many of the same features guests would be able to find seaside, including volleyball, food trucks, beach bars, and hammocks. When they’re done relaxing, guests can take part in yoga, zumba, and gymnastics sessions for seniors. They will even have the opportunity to take a dip in the beach’s tide pool. Source: Mentalfloss

Madrid creates urban beach in the heart of the city

Although broadly welcomed by Madrid residents, the plans have already prompted some criticism, with PSOE Councillor Mar Espinar voicing her opposition to the idea of the public space being given over to a commercial enterprise.

In response, Carmena cited the popular and successful artificial beaches in other major European cities such as London, Paris and Amsterdam, and referred to the temporary ice rinks that Madrid has hosted for years, remarking that collaboration between the public and private sectors would be a positive.

MadBeach is expected to be open to the public on July 1st and will run until August 31st. The beach zone will be open from 10am-10pm, costing €9 for a full day and €5 for a half day. There are also plans for a similar city beach in Seville.


is there a river in Madrid

There is already a beautiful river in Madrid