Capricho Park is one of the most beautiful gardens in Madrid

Capricho Park is one of the most beautiful gardens in Madrid

Capricho is a stunning garden on the edge of Madrid. If you want to get away from the bustle of the city centre and take in greenery in a quiet and relaxed setting, Capricho needs to be at the top of your list of where to go. This garden not only has not only what you would expect to find: a gorgeous array of flowers year-round, greenery in every corner, lane-ways draped with lilacs, sweeping grassy lawns, quaint ponds with black swans, rose-covered archways but it also has a few surprises such as bamboo-sided boat house, a labyrinth, a palace that is actually an aviary as well as hidden bunkers left over from the civil war. 

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Juan Carlos I Park is the perfect family outing

Juan Carlos I Park is the perfect family outing

Juan Carlos I is an active park. Slap on your running shoes and head to the park ready to have some fun. There are playgrounds for children of all ages, courtesy rental bikes, a tourist train, areas to play basketball or soccer, boats to rent and 100's of trails to walk, bike or run. There are plenty of picnic tables throughout the park so pack a lunch and make a day of it. 

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Looking for free activities near Madrid for kids? A visit to Parque Europa will give them an European adventure in one day.

Looking for free activities near Madrid for kids? A visit to Parque Europa will give them an European adventure in one day.

Parque Europa has something for everyone in the family to enjoy. The kids love the numerous playgrounds that are peppered throughout the area, not to mention the pony rides, activity farm and mini-golf. Adults can enjoy the replicas of the 18 European monuments as well as numerous "big kid" activities such as a zip line and multi-adventure park. Pack a lunch or stop at one of the on-sight restaurants, but plan to make this a full day activity because no one will want to go home.

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