As one of the favorite outdoor activities and the one that makes such a profound difference in our lives, traveling is a valuable experience that helps people to learn and to grow. There are so many different ways people experience traveling. Everyone focuses on what interest them the most. This is how various niches of travel have been developed, where everyone gets to design and customize their travel to experience the things they appreciate, find interesting or fascinating. This is how one of the very popular types of tourism has developed – adventure tourism.
What is adventure travel?
Adventure travel is a special form of tourism, focused on exploration or traveling with some dose of risk. Unlike ordinary travel, adventure travel includes using and developing special skills and, most often, physical exertion. Instead of using the well-known paths and routes, adventure travelers prefer unexplored routes.
Besides the actual enjoyment traveling includes, adventure travelers seek for excitement and thrill that, going into the unknown, brings. Involving significant effort or experience something with a degree of risk represents a challenge for them. And precisely this challenge is what motivates them to keep wanting more.
Adventure travelers are not passive observes that join a tour of visiting a particular landmark. They are the action-takers, they experience travel in their own way, creating an out-of-the-ordinary holiday. They do not want to see must-see places in the city. Instead, they want to explore a particular aspect that interests them and create their own adventure. They want to experience new things, to try something they have never before and to test their limits by enforcing strenuous activity which often includes visiting “unreachable” places, climbing great heights, etc. They set of to a challenging adventure that can include ecotourism, ethnic tourism, cultural tourism, culinary tourism, extreme tourism, etc.
Adventure travel in Madrid
There are many ways to experience adventure travel in Madrid. We are going to show you the opportunities offered in the city, as well as venues where you can organize such an adventure. Have in mind that adventure travel tours also exist, if you want to let the organization to someone else and simply enjoy the actual adventure.
Rock climbing in Madrid
Rock climbing is a very exciting activity for people into sports with enough agility to reach the top of the peak. The challenge represents that natural rock formation or artificial rock wall. Most often, climbers climb up the route. The actual activity requires a significant physical and mental power to overcome the obstacle and balance your way to the top.
This indoor climbing construction is a perfect way to experience rock climbing in Madrid. The center organizes many excerpting sports activities, classes, etc. They are even the host of the national climbing championship. ROCKGAME strives to make climbing available to everyone. Besides climbing activities for professional athletes, they also welcome beginners for which they have special training courses. Climbing for kids is also part of their offer.
Location: Capellanía Street, number 47. Capellanía Industrial Estate 28411 Moralzarzal
· Sputnik Climbing Center
Here is another venue offering rock climbing in Madrid. The large indoor space is specifically designed for climbers of all levels, including professionals, beginners, as well as children. The colorful rock formations repent an exciting challenge for an adventure travel. Furthermore, the center also offers outdoor activities. These include guided climbing activities, mountain skiing, trekking, canyoning, etc. These are organized in the nearby area of Madrid, for which they provide transportation and other things related to organizing such an activity. Climbing and mountaineering courses are also available.
Location: Calle la Granja 100. 28108. Alcobendas. Madrid
Mountain biking in Madrid
To experience the real thrill of mountain biking, you will need to go beyond the center of Madrid. In the surroundings of Madrid, you will find so many exciting tracks and paths that wait to be discovered and conquered. For such an activity, you will probably need guides to help you find these hidden paths, as you will find it difficult to find them on your own, especially if you are traveling to Madrid for the first time.
· Track MTB
Track MTB offers the unforgettable biking ride across Sierra de Guadarrama mountains in Central Spain which were recently designated a National Park. If you want to explore this side of Spain and landscape that goes beyond the central urban area, this adventure is the perfect choice. During your tour, you will be near the city of Segovia, another destination worth visiting.
· Mountain Cranks
A team of professionals who love outdoor adventure is ready to take you on a biking adventure that is completely customized for you. Mediterranean forest, countryside, and hills surrounding Madrid are some of the locations you can explore. They divide their tours into easy, moderate, and advance. This is perfect as you can find the one that best suits you, depending on how fit and active you are. They also provide guidance regarding technique you use, the value of being active and how to create challenges for yourself even if you already are mountain bike enthusiast.
This tour comes with free transport to the specific biking destination, as long as you are located in the center. So if you find an apartment in the center of Madrid, you will easily join the route and enjoy your next adventure.
Zip-line in Madrid
If the height is what excites you the most, zip-line is the adventure you were seeking for. The entire concept consists of a cable places on a slope. It is designed so that the gravity pulls you down the slope as you slowly slide. This slide can be more or less steep. Zip-line has been very popular as an entertainment activity among young travelers, as well as among sports enthusiasts. And now, you can experience this excitement in Madrid as well:
· Spain Zip Line Adventure Parks
The guided adventure with different circuits available for all levels. You can take the easy way with a basic zip line, or you accept a real challenge and join an exciting adventure that will take you more than 10 meters high. Besides zip lining, this adventure center also offers horse riding and hiking. Basically, it is an amazing escape from the city center, enabling you to enjoy the fresh air and plenty of exciting outdoor activities.
Here are two more venues to experience different types of adventurous activities in Madrid, which include climbing, hiking and other adventurous sports:
Most of these centers we have mentioned so far offer multiple activities to enjoy adventure travel in Madrid. One of those is certainly Dreampeaks. It includes adventure sports, mountain activities, climbing, canyoning, trekking, etc. The activities are organized by qualified instructors and guides, so you can feel safe during your adventure. This kind of travel is a beautiful way to enjoy the Madrid surrounding, to experience nature and explore your own limits. It is a challenge that keeps you alive and striving for more wonderful adventures.
· Sierra de Guadarrama National Park
Located only an hour from the city of Madrid this national park is an ideal location to escape all the hustle of the busy city streets. It is an incredible landscape, with its natural wealth and paths to explore this site. Many forest tracks are available, as well as recreational areas, viewpoints, etc. The activities you can enjoy include outdoor rock climbing, winter activities (climbing channels, ridges, sled area, snowboarding area, cross-country skiing), nodding skiing and snowshoeing, etc. Even though you can enjoy the park all year long, the winter activities are organized based on the accumulation of snow and are only available during a limited time of the year. So if you are visiting during winter months, this location is the go-to place for everyone eager for snow time and exciting outdoor activities.
If being high up in the air is your thrill, if it makes you feel free and alive than the following three activities are definitely for you. As they take you high in the air, you also get to explore Madrid from a completely different view, and not many people can brag about seeing Madrid this way:
· Flying in a balloon
A type of an adventure activity that will provide a magnificent experience or riding through the air and explore the historic places in Segovia, Aranjuez, Ávila, Toledo, and Madrid. It is a completely new and unique way to explore the area, with enough excitement to be the desired choice for many adventure travelers. The two passengers traveling together is a minimal requirement per ride, although the balloon can accommodate more than 10 passengers, depending on the size of the balloon. This makes it a perfect choice of an activity for groups of friends. The flight approximately takes an hour.
· Bungee jumping in Madrid
HighJump is the place where you can find many different jumping related activities which include standard bungee jumping (called puenting in Spanish), double bungee jumping (if you want to share the journey with another person), high jumping, rope jumping, etc. The height can vary depending on the activity and how daring you feel in the moment.
Location: Plaza del General Vara del Rey
If your dream of flying is yet to be achieved, your travel to Madrid might just be the perfect occasion to fulfill it. The paragliding flight takes you over Madrid and its surrounding. It is an extraordinary experience and the feeling you will never forget. You do not need any special skills to try out paragliding, but you can be accompanied by an expert pilot to over an extra layer of security.
Location: Alberto Martín González Camino Ancho, 55-57
Regardless of the activity you choose, we know that your travel experience will be wonderful. The city offers quite a selection of adventurous activities that will be a perfect challenge and adrenaline boost, even for the most extreme adventurers.
We also want to recommend our Madrid apartments in the center as the city, as the place to stay if you want to be close to the center and easily reach any destination you might choose to participate in these exciting activities.
In the end, we want to conclude this adventure tourism guide, with an inspirational quote that will encourage you to start doing things, to dare to try something new, and simply to enjoy traveling.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”