Jardin Del Turia Valencia Reviews
Jardin Del Turia Nov 02, 2010
The Jardin Del Turia is an oasis of calm in the middle of Valencia. Runs for about 9km,from the city centre to just short of the port.
I visited it three times, at different times of the day, and found it well used by the locals. Plenty of people cycling,jogging or just walking through the groves of trees.
The great thing about the gardens, that make it unnusual,is that it a dried up river bed. Valencia was built around the Rio Turia, but was always prone to flooding. After a particularly bad flood in 1957 they decided to divert the river around the city. When walking through the park you have to go under many bridges which still reamin from the days the river ran through the city.
The garden is split into many sections. At the top end is the zoo and childrens play area. There are football pitches and a fossil grove.
There are two paths down each side of the park,and in the heat of the afternoon,it still reached 29C when I was there despite it being November, it was nice to walk in the shade of the trees.You can pop in and out of the park, as a lot of the museums and sites in Valencia are just outside the park.
There are a few water features, with the main one being in the centre of the park in front of the Music Palace.
Tha main attraction, for me,and the reason I went here in the first place, was at the bottom end of the park. The City Of The Arts And The Sciences ( Ciduad De Las Artes Y Las Ciencias) is a collection of modern buildings whaich I thought were quite stunning. Set around ponds there id the Palace Of The Arts, Science Museum,Dinosaur Exhibition,Oceanographic and the Hemisferic. So plenty to and there were a lot of tour groups around.
There is a little road train that will take you round the park, and you can hire bicycles,including the four persons type if you want your mates to do all the work ;-)
Went back here at night and it was pretty lively. there were still plent of locals out taking exercise, but down at the Science area it was still open at 8pm. There were also a few bars and restaurants that were pretty busy.
There was also a lot of market stalls and entertainment areas.
Worth taking time out to visit these gardens.
Part of the Walking On Sunshine - Valencia Nov 2010 travel blog
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