On Fridays Danny and I both finish work early - I'm usually home by 3ish and Danny by 4ish. When the weather was still nice, we'd often go to one of our favorite parks (okay, we only really know three and we like them all) shortly after Danny got home and be back in time for dinner - wild Friday night, I know. Sometime in October I read about Parque Europa via a link posted on a Facebook group (see the blog I read here) we're a part of and figured it would be a good Friday afternoon adventure. So, we figured out how to get there on public transit, and off we went.
However, there's more than just your standard walking path, lake and play equipment for kids at Parque Europa. There are 16 replicas of monuments from around Europe throughout the park, and since it's only six years old, it's still looking pretty spiffy. We saw windmills from Holland, the Brandenburg Gate from Berlin, a Greek theatre, Tower Bridge from London, a Viking ship, Trevi Fountain from Rome, the Eiffel Tower, the Atomium from Brussels, and the Puerta de Alcalá from Madrid (among others).
We had such good fun walking around and seeing what was around the next corner. Of course, it's not quite the same as the real thing, but it was still pretty neat and since we've seen a few of them in person, we can vouch for them and say that they're not bad replicas (just much smaller of course...and it's probably still worth it to go see them for yourself...we're not crossing Greece off our list just because we went to Parque Europa). So if you're ever looking for a fun way to get out of Madrid but not go too far afield, this might just be the place for you.