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Madrid Río Park

Arganzuela is a district in southern Madrid on the banks of river Manzanares. In addition to that, this article covers all southern districts of the Spanish capital, most of which are little frequented by international travellers.

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Map of Madrid/Arganzuela

Madrid's main station, 1 Atocha, is located at the northern edge of Arganzuela. Cercanías (suburban trains) also stop at Embajadores, Pirámides, Delicias and Estación Sur de Autobuses stations. Metro stations that serve this district are Embajadores, Palos de la Frontera, Delicias and Legazpi of line 3, Puerta de Toledo, Acacias, Pirámides and Marqués de Vadillo of line 5, Méndez Alvaro, Arganzuela-Planetario, Legazpi and Usera of line 6.


Planetario de Madrid
  • 1 Parque Madrid Río (metro: Legazpi or Marqués de Vadillo, or cercanías: Príncipe Pio). The motorway that used to carve into the city and blight the banks of Río Manzanares, was banished into a tunnel, in a superlative urban landscaping project that cost some €4 billion. Nowadays, a unique 6-km long landscape garden accompanies the river on both banks. For this project, 33 bridges were dedicated, that allow you to cross from one side to another whenever you want, as well as 5500 benches installed and 33,000 trees planted. The park is multifaceted, including flowerbeds, Baroque-style boxwood broderies, pine, cypress or bamboo groves, playgrounds, climbing garden, skatepark etc. Asphalted paths are ideal for cyclists and roller skaters, while pedestrians enjoy priority rights. Cafés, "beach bars" and kiosks provide sustenance. Madrid Río (Q6062341) on Wikidata Madrid Río on Wikipedia
  • 2 Planetario de Madrid (Planetarium of Madrid), Avda del Planetario, 16 (Mendez Alvaro  6  or Arganzuela-Planetario  6 ), +34 914 673 461. Tu-F 17:00-19:45, Sa Su holiday 11:00-13:45 and 17:00-20:45. Features several exhibits related to space exploration, two screens playing documentaries, an interactive area and, of course, the planetarium. Projections last 45 minutes each. Different ones play on different days so check their website. All the exhibits are explained in Spanish only and the projections in the planetarium are also in Spanish. Entry is free but the sessions in the planetarium each have a cost of €3.60 for a regular ticket and €1.65 for a reduced ticket (children and seniors). Madrid Planetarium (Q9060456) on Wikidata Madrid Planetarium on Wikipedia
Museo del Ferrocarril
  • 3 [dead link] Museo de Ferrocarril de Madrid (Railway Museum of Madrid), Paseo de las Delicias, 61 (Delicias  3 ; Renfe Cercanias: Delicias), +34 902 228 822, . Oct-May: M-Th 09:30-15:00, F and holidays 10:00-18:00, Sa Su 10:00-20:00; Jun-Sep: Tu-Su 10:00-15:00. Museum with four railway tracks, exhibiting a large number of steam, diesel and electric locomotives used in Spain in the 19th and 20th century. Also on display are several model railways. Exhibits are described in Spanish only. M-Th F before 14:00, holidays: €6 adult, €4 concession, free child under 4; F after 14:00, Sa Su €2.50. Railway Museum of Madrid (Q6034436) on Wikidata Railway Museum (Madrid) on Wikipedia


Matadero Madrid
  • 1 Matadero Madrid, Plaza de Legazpi, 8 (metro: Legazpi). Usually Tu-F 16:00-21:00, Sa Su 11:00-21:00, on M only the cinetheque is opened. Madrid's former main abattoir (matadero), an early 20th-century industrial brick compound in Arganzuela district, has been converted to an arts and cultural centre since the 2000s. It is intended to serve as a cross-disciplinary laboratory of contemporary arts, including studios, exhibition spaces, a theatre, an arthouse cinema, and a library, as well as a café. One of the preferred spots of the city's "artsy" crowd to meet. There are performances and other events almost every day. Matadero Madrid (Q4043800) on Wikidata Matadero Madrid on Wikipedia
  • 2 Sala La Riviera, Paseo Bajo de la Virgen del Puerto, s/n (Metro: Puerta del Angel or Principe Pío), +34 913 652 415, . Another large venue for touring rock and pop bands.
  • 3 Gruta '77, C/ Cuclillo, 6 (Metro: Oporto), +34 914 712 370, . Concerts everyday: pop, rock, and punk.
  • 4 Madrid Open (Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open), Camino de Perales (Metro: San Fermin - Orcasur; bus 23/78/123). Held in mid-May at La Caja Mágica. Madrid Open (Q1161519) on Wikidata Madrid Open (tennis) on Wikipedia



Freiduría de Gallinejas de Embajadores
  • 1 Freiduría de Gallinejas Embajadores, C/ Embajadores, 84 (near Glorieta Embajadores, Metro lines L3 and L5), +34 915 175 933. M-Sa 11:00-23:00, Su 12:00-22:00. Another classic tapas bar in Madrid, not for conservative stomachs. Their most popular tapas are two of the most typical and traditional dishes in Madrid: gallinejas and entresijos. A treat for adventurous palates and lamb-lovers. Raciónes €3-9.


  • 1 Café Ziryab Tablao Flamenco, Paseo de la Esperanza 17 (Metro Acacias), +4 618103803, . shows at 21:30. A Flamenco venue with daily shows at 21:30 by first line artists, in an intimate ambiance. Kind staff, nice drinks and tapas, personalized attention and the artists right in front of you. €22.
  • 2 La Esquina de Eusebio, C/ Caramuel 16 (Metro: Puerta del Angel), +34 34 914 642 181. Trays of tapas are passed from one person to another in this typical bar of Madrid, absolutely not touristy but really worth it. And it's not so far from the centre.



Routes through Arganzuela
merges with  N Autovía del Sur S  Southern SuburbsGetafe
SalamancaRetiro  anticlockwise Autopista de Circunvalación clockwise  MoncloaNorthern Suburbs

This district travel guide to Arganzuela is a usable article. It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.