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This huge park, laid out in 1992 to celebrate Madrid's selection as European Cultural Capital, sprawls beside a golf course at the far western end of the city between Barajas airport and the Feria de Madrid buildings. A vast conglomeration of waterways, gardens, exercise areas, and cycling and walking paths, with views north to the distant Guadarrama Mountains, it's an airy alternative respite from the congestion and hassle of the city center. The abundant olive groves were here long before the park was conceived, but the pines, oaks, and eucalyptus will need a few more years of growth before the park can achieve a sense of completeness. Highlights are the "Jardin de Tres Culturas," with its twinkling fountains and Moorish arches, and the "Estufa Fria," a semi-glassed-in botanical garden area with trees and shrubs from various countries.