Kilometres of conifer tree corridors, curly, curved and circular, capped off with a castle in the centre…………How far would you dare to go!
Getting lost in a labyrinth can be scary or fun, depending on the circumstances. Being chased by a crazy axe branding Jack Nicholson covered by snow and sub zero temperatures…
…..or by a half man, half bull like creature, namely the Minotaur is one thing, but taking a family stroll on a sunny day and enjoying the scenery is another.
If your preference is the latter, why not try to get lost in the longest labyrinth in Spain, and one of the longest in the world, located in the Rafael de la Cerda park in Tentegorra, Cartagena. Recently opened, its 5 km maze features a Viewing tower in the form of a small castle in the middle and a bridge in order to help you find your bearings.
Occupying 5200 square metres of 3m high cypress trees, the labyrinth offers an easy route, which takes only 15 minutes, and a more difficult route, which is the more fun because it means you get lost for longer. There are 12 entrances/exits, depending on which way you’re going, but if you really can’t find your way out there are various emergency exits and two monitors, not minotaurs, that are constantly doing the rounds inside the maze itself.
The Rafael de la Cerda park also has an adventure assault course and small water park. So if you were to depend on the circumstances of this particular labyrinth it could be said that this one is more fun than scary…….sorry Jack!
Other important labyrinths in Spain:
The gardens of Horta, in Barcelona, which are the oldest in the city and have two gardened areas; one being of the eco classic style from the XVII century and the other being a romantic garden from the XIX century. For more information, read our previous blog post.
The Capricho, in Madrid, which was made for the Duchess of Osuna. It is of the romantic period and is never too busy due to its location, far from the city centre.