Madrid is a city involved with sport, healthy life and healthy eating habits. This is evidenced by the numerous sport events, specialized health clinics and specialized sport centers (gymnasiums, specialized clinics, etc.), as well as many sport clubs that belong to the elite of their modalities both amateurs and professionals.
King of Sports
In Spain football is the sport event with most fans, so you cannot miss a tour around the museums of the most successful clubs. On one hand the museum of the Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabéu stadium (know as meringues due to nuclear white equipping)...
... On the other hand the museum of the Atlético de Madrid (commonly known as "colchoneros" due to their red and white stripped T-shits, which where the mattress textiles colours) in the Vicente Calderón Stadium. If your visit concurs with a match, live the elite mixing with thousands of people from Madrid that go to the stadiums, and the color and taste of a unique environment in the World.
In the first division you also find more teams like Rayo Vallevano or Getafe, which will show you the elite of the worldwide football. And without forgetting that Atlético de Madrid and Rayo Vallecano participate also on the Women's Football League.
Madrid is nor Only Football
Although football is the King of sports, not all the elite sport is about football. The basketball has three elite teams (Real Madrid, Estudiantes y Fuenlabrada) that participate in the ACB league, the indoor soccer (with the Inter Movistar), the Rugby Club Cisneros or Water polo (Real Canoe) are some examples of the elite teams from Madrid.
Each May the Mutua Madrid Open is celebrated, which is part of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000. Here the best tennis players compete to classify for Roland Garros. The tournament has spectacular headquarters, the beaten Earth of the Caja Mágica of Dominique Perrault. Will you miss this opportunity?
If you are into Golf, without a doubt the Region of Madrid is your destination, since it has more than 25 golf courses and the highest number of federates in Spain.
The most important thing is that Madrid is an open place, a cultural melting pot and cultural and leisure offering, so the World of Golf could have not been different. In the offering that we present here you will find public, private, with or without license, with a Golf School and learning courses. The offering is very complete and wide both in the capital and in the outskirts.
The surroundings and enclaves of the golf courses made them a pleasant place to visit, even for all those people who love nature and open areas, even if they do not like playing golf. The Royal Spanish Golf Federation is the headquarters of the National Centre of Golf. There you can feel the spirit of the Rider Cup, recently won by Europe with Olazabal with the spirit of Seve Ballesteros. This achievement is known as the "miracle of Medinah" (2012).
The trend sport is running, and Madrid has three events where you can test yourself. In April it is celebrated the EDP Rock'n'Roll Madrid Maratón & 1/2 Marathon where you can run while you listen to Rock'n'Roll music in more than 20 stages locaten on the track. Choose the distance and wear your running shoes, you will feel the warm of the public to compensate the harshness of the route.
If you want to see in the New Year in a healthy way, you must participate on the San Silvestre Vallecana. It is a route of 10 kilometers from the Retiro Park until the Footbal Stadium of the Rayo Vallecano, located in the neighborhood of Vallecas. The tour crosses the most touristic spots of Madrid, such as the Puerta de Alcalá, Cibeles or the Art Walk. See in the New Year by burning calories and get prepared for the grapes and champagne!
Enjoy the Horse Races in the Zarzuela
The Racecourse of the Zarzuela is one of the best places to enjoy outdoor sport in Madrid. It has an annual program, divided into spring, summer and autumn. The summer season stands out due to the night races, where the horse races are combined with the terraces, getting advantage of the weather.
Hicking, Mountain and Winter Sports
Madrid has a wide range of landscapes as big as it will allow you to enjoy nature with all kinds of outdoors activities. With more that 15% of protected surface, you can hike in some of the 10 natural areas with a special protection.
In the mountainous areas you can practice all kinds of mountain sports, organized by some companies of active tourism. You also have a lot of places where you can climb: La Pedriza, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, the Cabrera Range, the San Juan Reservoir, etc.
If you are into Winter sports, enjoy the snow by practicing ski, cross country skiing, snow-shoeing, etc. Even if you want to do it anytime, you have the track Madrid Snow Zone in the Xanadú Shopping Mall in Arroyomolinos.
And although there is no beach, some reservoirs and rivers are suitable for sailing and allows you to practice nautical sports such as sailing, canoeing and rowing.
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