One of Europe’s largest and most beautiful parks is El Retiro, in the centre of Madrid. There you can hire a boat or watch one of the puppet shows they put on nearly every weekend. If you prefer, less than 80 kilometres from the centre is the Enchanted Forest, the only botanical garden of its kind in Europe with over 300 plant sculptures.
In Barcelona you can choose the world-famous Park Güell, with its shapes and colours designed by Gaudí, or the Laberinto de Horta, a park which includes a hedge maze. More fun experiences? Riding in a horse-drawn carriage in María Luisa Park in Seville, or exploring the huge Cactus Garden on the island of Lanzarote.