Juan Carlos I Park is the perfect family outing

There is an abundance of activities in the 160 hectares of Juan Carlos I Park

 This immense park is full of family activities

This immense park is full of family activities

Juan Carlos I Park is a favourite with my children all ages can play and enjoy in this park. It is exactly opposite of manicured palace lawns that are beautiful but don't allow children to kick a ball around on. My children loved this park when they were toddlers and they love it now as an active 8-year old boy and a teenage girl.

This is an active park.  It is well used by locals and visitors alike. You will meet joggers, bikers, rollerbladers and scooters on the paths so come to this park with your running shoes on and get ready to move.

Zipline

 The zipline is always a kid-pleaser at the Juan Carlos I Park

The zipline is always a kid-pleaser at the Juan Carlos I Park

There are dozens of parks especially for kids throughout the 160-hectare area. Some are built for toddlers and infants and others are for older kids and kids at heart.  My kids always loved the zipline area. Granted it isn’t the longest zipline that they have been on, but they still love going on it.  The same area has a number of other attractions to play on as well.

Didn't bring your bike: not a problem, ride through the park on a courtesy bike

 You can pick up your courtesy bicycle at any of the information areas in the park. 

You can pick up your courtesy bicycle at any of the information areas in the park. 

There are paved trails as well as off road trails, but you don’t have to worry if you couldn’t fit your bike on the plane—there are free courtesy bicycles that you can rent for an hour from any of the three information centres in the park.  You simply need to show your passport if you are not in the European Union, or an ID card or passport if you are in the EU.  

Take the tourist train

Younger children love the train that takes you around most of the park.  Even if you don’t have children you may want to take the ride to get to see some parts of the park that you may not have time to walk to.

Paddle the pond

 Kayaks and canoes are available to rent to take a paddle along the river and lake at Juan Carlos I park

Kayaks and canoes are available to rent to take a paddle along the river and lake at Juan Carlos I park

Rent the kayaks or canoes provided and paddle along the lake in the centre of the park.

Climb the spider web

 All ages will want to clamber up the spiderwebs at Juan Carlos I Park

All ages will want to clamber up the spiderwebs at Juan Carlos I Park

For lack of a better name, we call the large net climbing area a spiderweb.  I haven’t met anyone young or old who has been able to resist at least attempting to climb the web. Those with fear of heights will quickly come down, but others scramble up to the top as if it were nothing.

Catch and release

If sitting quietly by the lakeshore and casting a line is more your idea of sport, you are in luck here as well—as long as you are prepared to release.

Botany within the park

 Take a rest in the shade of the gnarly olive trees.

Take a rest in the shade of the gnarly olive trees.

This is an immense park with numerous treed areas including an olive grove, a large greenhouse that shows off numerous local botany as well as plants from around the world, Japanese gardens, flowers in season and numerous treed and grassy areas.

Pack a lunch and enjoy one of the numerous picnic areas and make a full day at this immense and fascinating park.  

How to get to Juan Carlos I Park

Closest Metro station:

Line 8—Campo de Naciones station

Line 5—El Capricho Station