Madrid, while being one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, is decidedly landlocked—in fact, it's over 300 kilometers from the sea. But that doesn't mean you don't have a few options for a visit to the beach during your stay in Madrid if you're willing to do a little built of travel and get creative.
For a Real Dip in the Sea, Get to Valencia
With the high-speed AVE train, the nearest beach to Madrid is in Valencia.
In one-hour-forty-minutes, you can be in Valencia, where you can then take a taxi to the city beach. It's expensive, but it's not an impossible day trip from Madrid. If you catch the 8:40 AM train from Madrid, you will be in Valencia for 10:18 AM and on the beach by 11. In 2013, this line was extended to connect Madrid to Alicante. You can find all the information you need, as well as book your tickets, at Rail Europe.
The AVE train also reaches the north-east of Spain, so you can now get to the beach cities of Tarragona and Barcelona in about two hours and forty minutes. Take a train at about 7.30AM and you can be on the coast by a little past 10 AM! You can find other directions on how to get from Madrid to Barcelona here.
In a Pinch, Head Over To Madrid Rio
Madrid Rio is the new recreational development in Madrid, complete with sports facilities, skate parks, a whopping 17 children's play areas (so extremely family-friendly), and even an urban beach.
The 10-kilometer-long park runs on the banks of the Manzanares River and additionally boasts concert venues, a new cultural center, and over 26,000 trees.
Due to its size, several Madrid metro stations serve Madrid Rio: In fact, the park is pretty big, so there are quite a few metro stations that serve it:
- Principe Pío
- Puerta del Ángel
- Marqués de Vadillo
Madrid Beach: An Urban Beach in the Heart of the City
The Madrid Beach is an urban beach area located in Madrid Rio between two bridges: Puente de Toledo and Puente de Praga. The nearest metro station is Pirámides. In the winter, it's an ice-skating rink, but in the summer, locals and tourists are encouraged to take a swim and get their tan on. If you'd like to experience Madrid Rio and Madrid Beach in all their glory, you can also book a quick tour and explore the entire area with a guide. Just don't forget your sunscreen.
What Are My Other Options?
Well, as we said, you will be staying pretty far from the beach, so these are your best choices. However, if you'd like to scrap the beach idea altogether and experience more of what Madrid has to offer, that's fine too! You can visit other regions of Spain starting from Madrid. Or if you need help planning the Perfect Trip to Madrid, we got you covered. And if you're looking for a place to stay near Madrid Rio, Trip Advisor has a list of hotels in the area.