Travelling to Torrejón de Ardoz in Madrid can be a wonderful experience, especially if you go see Parque Europa. It is a 23-hectare park filled with scaled replicas of the most famous European sites, and it can be enjoyed for free. Parque Europa is a place for people of all ages: its well preserved green area, restaurants, games, and other leisure activities which will definitely catch your attention; it surely won’t let you down.
Enjoy the imposing replicas of the most famous European sights
Leaving the city behind for a while can be a relaxing experience; but imagine escaping to a park filled to the brim with green areas, the sounds of nature, a calm environment, and high quality, loyal to the source replicas of the most magnificent European sites. Here you can see a replica of the Brandenburg Gate, Germany. The park will grab your attention from the very moment you get there.
There are two main entrances: the first one has a replica of the famous Puerta de Alcalá; the other one has a Brandenburg Gate replica. Your tour may start at whichever of those you prefer, and each monument has a brief summary of its historical importance and a map of the park that can help you decide which site you wish to go to next.
There are 17 sites from 11 different Western European countries: I listed them at the end of the article for those interested! The fidelity to the source material and the attention to detail make them all worth visiting; the resemblance is truly incredible. You’ll have to walk a bit from one site to another, but you’ll hardly even notice it because of the beauty of the lake, the hundreds of trees, and the decorated bushes all over the park.
Transforming a city dump to one of the most extensive green areas in Madrid
The park is located in what used to be an inconvenient city dump, which would breed insecurity inside the city. It is unbelievable to think how it was transformed and made to become the most important attraction in Torrejón de Ardoz.
Participate in activities tailored to fit your interests
One of the things I like the most about the park was the hundreds of activities available for every age group. This is part of what promotes the familiar environment. Remember that lake I talked about earlier? Well, there are small boats which you can rent and navigate under the London Bridge; or you can ride the amazing zip-line and cross the lake from above! There is also a special place for kids to hang around, with horses, ponies, a mini-golf club, bike rentals, and train tours.
Enjoy the dancing fountains at night
I recommend that you go late in the afternoon so you can admire the European sites in the sunlight, but also get to see the wonderful lighting that decorates the park at night. Parque Europa usually closes at midnight, but I was impressed by the amount of people that visit the park at night. They actually gather there to see the lovely dancing fountains.
Eat at Plaza Mayor, a small town replica
Some of the restaurants are located in the replica of Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol. This is great, since you’ll enjoy eating inside a small town replica. There’s plenty of choices when it’s time to eat, both in food and price variety: you can enjoy lunch at Bucaramanga Hidden Garden with an amazing view to the park from the Terrace; fast food at Pizzeria-Kebab Canarias; and a delicious dessert at Brandenburg Ice Cream Shop. I strongly recommend you to take your food to the park, and make a picnic (don’t worry, it’s allowed!) with you friends next to the Eiffel Tower. The experience is well worth it.
Don’t miss this fabulous experience and come visit Parque Europa. Everyone will enjoy a wonderful afternoon in a place that will give you unforgettable moments and will bring the family together at very affordable prices.
Here are the different monuments you can find in the park: the Viking Ship (Denmark), The Little Mermaid (Copenhagen), The Windmills of Kinerdijk (Netherlands), Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol (Spain), Puerta de Alcalá (Spain), Winged Victory of Samothrace (Greece), Acropolis (Greece), Eiffel Tower (France), Belem Tower (Portugal), Atomium (Belgium), Fontana di Trevi (Italy), Manneken Pis (Italy), The David (Italy), an original part of the Berlin Wall (Germany), The Brandenburg Gate (Germany), the Arles Bridge of Vincent Van Gogh (France) and The London Bridge (England).
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