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New ‘Desert City’ in Madrid Has Over 400 Species of Cactus

PHOTO: ImagenSubliminal (Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero)

Europe’s newest and largest cactus garden is a desert dreamscape.

If you’ve ever visited Spain during the summer, then you know that it can be hot in Madrid. So hot, in fact, that it’s actually a prime environment for growing cacti. This July, Madrid opened Europe’s largest cactus garden, called Desert City, with over 400 species of cacti in a gigantic 54,000-square-foot lot outside of the city.

ImagenSubliminal (Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero)

The cactus garden was built using environmentally-friendly design and with the xerophilic (needing little water) plants as the main attraction, there’s reduced water usage. Desert City also has a café on site and even a shop, so you can take home some cacti for your own garden.

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