Madrid Rio


In 2003, the Madrid City Council decided to bury the section of the first great circumvallation [M30] that ran along the banks of the Manzanares River for 6 km. Its construction 40 years ago meant the disappearance of the links between the city and its river, which ended up being isolated, inaccessible and invisible. Because of this undergrounding work, a huge void was left vacant in the heart of Madrid.

The Madrid Río project won first prize in an international competition and includes the development along the banks of the Manzanares, the design of 120 ha of parks, a dozen bridges and 6 ha of public facilities, sports facilities, interpretation and artistic creation centers, an urban beach, children's areas and cafés, and the restoration of the city's hydraulic architectural heritage.

The complex operation of burying the highway has offered an unprecedented opportunity to situate the city of Madrid in its territory. The project establishes a physical and conceptual continuity, previously non-existent, between the city center and the valuable landscapes that surround it, and thus the Manzanares River has become the connection between the city and its geography.

The visit will try to offer an overview of the project that allows to understand both its global conception and an approach to the aspects of its design.

The fee includes:

  • Guided tour of the Park and different buildings.
  • Light lunch at a restaurant to be determined.



GUIDE: Javier Malo de Molina Bodelón
DATE: Sunday, June 19
TIME: 10:00 AM - 15:00 PM 
FEE: 30 €


Tours will only take place if there are sufficient registrations. The deadline to reserve a tour is June 5, 2022.