Originally posted on www.cntraveler.com by Katherine Lagrave on June 22, 2018
Don’t let the regrettable name “MadBeach” distract you from the important news: Madrid is getting a beach. Earlier this week, Mayor Manuela Carmena signed off on a plan for Madrid’s first manmade beach to be built on the Plaza de Colón, near the Museo Arqueológico Nacional, reports The Local. When it opens July 1, the “beach” will have all the elements of a sandy summer paradise—beach bars, hammocks, volleyball courts, food trucks, and a complex with “chill-out zones.” The only thing missing? Um, the ocean (a wave pool subs in).
MadBeach is slated to be open July 1–August 31. Hours are similar to an actual beach, with the “beach zone” opening at 10 a.m. and closing 12 hours later, at 10 p.m. All that sand time doesn’t come free, though: MadBeach will cost visitors €5 ($5.80) for a half day and €9 ($10.45) for a full day.
With its MadBeach, Madrid joins other major European cities in developing artificial stretches of sand and surf in their city centers: Amsterdam‘s Roest beach on the island of Oostenberg is a gargantuan outdoor playground that’s part city beach, part club, and part easygoing bar and restaurant; and Paris’s “Plages” program every summer sees the banks of the Seine and La Villette Canal Basin turn into a veritable seaside resort, replete with palm trees, sun umbrellas, and canal pools. Rome has also been public about its plans to add 32,800 feet of temporary beach to the banks of the Tiber, near the Marconi Bridge. Just don’t expect to be swimming laps in the river anytime soon.