|View of the Cathedral from Madrid Rio|
|The wildest creature you're likely to encounter at Madrid Rio|
A stroll or cycle along the river affords views of some of the city's key sights, including the Royal Palace and the Cathedral. It also takes in a number of impressive bridges both old and new, including the elegant Puente de Toledo, originally completed in 1660 and added to in the eighteenth century. Football fans might be interested to note that the pathway swings by the Vicente Calderón, Atlético de Madrid's stadium. Easily accessible from the southern end is the Matadero, a contemporary cultural centre that started life as an abattoir and cattle market in the early twentieth century. Fear not, there's no trace of its slaughterhouse days now: the complex is surprisingly elegant given its former purpose. With a café and free exhibitions, it's a great place to start or end your riverside walk and another example of successful regeneration in Madrid.
|Madrid Rio scrubs up well|
Madrid Rio is easily accessed from a number of metro stations, including Príncipe Pío, Puerta del Angel, Marqués de Vadillo and Legazpi. When it comes to choosing your Sunday stroll, Madrid Rio may not have the formal charm of the Retiro, but it has ample space and a variety of activities to keep everyone entertained. And no, none of them involve balloon modelling or adults dressed up as Mickey Mouse.
|The most Modern of Madrid Rio's bridges|
A downloadable leaflet with full information on Madrid Rio, its sights and facilities is available here. You can find out more about where to hire bikes near Madrid Rio here.