Parque Europa

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Sometimes I just need to get away for a day and have a change of scenery. I often day-dream of buying budget airline tickets to new destinations in Europe, but then I examine my bank account and instantly regret buying those beautiful black leather boots and warm black cardigan during rebajas. Sigh. I guess I have to wait a few more months to experience Brussels…

…or do I?

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Located about 45 minutes outside of Madrid in Torrejón de Ardoz, Parque Europa is a quick fix for anyone who has European wanderlust but is on a budget. In order to liven up the Ardoz stream park, the town of Torrejón de Ardoz built over 15 replicas of important monuments in the European Union and re-opened the park in 2010. The monuments in Spain’s version of Belgium’s Mini-Europe are remarkably accurate and instantly transport you to their cities of origin. The best part? Entry to the park is 100% free!

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Belem Tower, Belem, Portugal. (The one on the right is the real one)

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Tower Bridge, London

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Puerta del Sol, Madrid

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La Puerta de Alcalá, Madrid

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Eiffel Tower, Paris

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Parque Europa is more than just a park full of replicas of European monuments. It has jungle gyms, a waterfall, a zip line, and bouncy castles for children. It also has a piece of a real European monument. Located behind the Brandenburg Gate, guests can see a fragment of the Berlin Wall.

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The only original landmark in the park, this piece of the Wall was a donation from the Berlin City Council. It serves as a reminder of a not-so-distant past.

Planning a Trip to Parque Europa

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(Much thanks to Google Maps!)

Due to its small size, both Parque Europa and the surrounding town, Torrejón de Ardoz, make a good day trip. Although it is possible to get there by public transportation, I suggest driving to the park if you have the option. If not, you can catch the 224-A bus from Madrid´s Avenida de América bus station. The trip by bus takes about 45 minutes-1 hour.

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Manneken Pis replica

Although Parque Europa temporarily helped me contain a serious case of the travel bug, I think it also made me more keen on traveling to the places that were already on my Bucket List (e.g. BRUSSELS) and to new places I had never even thought to visit. If you are in Madrid, Parque Europa is definitely worth a trip and it will give you a “European experience” that will not break your wallet.

For more information on Parque Europa, check out their website

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