Don’t give in to evidence and look for your very own beach moment in Madrid, although the water will be fresh and not saltwater. At the San Juan reservoir, known as “Madrid’s beach”, you will find the closest thing to a refreshing beach experience, just a few miles from the Spanish capital. Located between the towns of San Martín de Valdeiglesias and Pelayos de la Presa, you can get there on the M-501 motorway, also known as the “reservoir road”, just 46 miles from Madrid.
It is quite a popular spot on weekends and you can even rent a boat. Official prices are high and you must be careful with the surcharges, with the whole package setting you back between 155 and 300 euros. However, you can negotiate lower rates. In any case, if you go in a group, the cost is shared and it’s a lot cheaper for what is really an excellent plan.