The gardens of Valencia are places of peace, ideal to disconnect from the daily routine and the rhythm of the city. Our Spanish school El Rincón del Tándem tells you where to enjoy nature in Valencia ?
Today we take you to know the main gardens of Valencia.
In general, Valencia is famous for its beaches, its old town and the City of Arts and Sciences. But there are many more wonders to discover in the city; one of these is undoubtedly its gardens.
The gardens of Valencia are places of peace in which to enjoy nature, enjoy silence and calm, practice sports, have a picnic, read or simply listen to birds singing.
To help our Spanish students enjoy these green spaces, we have selected some.
Let’s get to know them!
Jardines del Real o de Viveros, Calle Pio V s/n
The Jardin del Real or de Viveros is located in the center of the city of Valencia. It has a long history since its origins date back to the 11th century, when it was created as a garden for the kings’s recreation palace.
From 1560 it became a nursery, especially of lemon and orange trees and in 1903 it became a property of the Valencia City Council, maintaining its nursery function.
In addition to its historical value, the Gardens hosts the Museum of Natural Science. In addition, important events of the cultural agenda of Valencia take place here, such as the Book Fair, the July Fair concerts and an open-air cinema.
These Gardens are places of great natural beauty. Strolling through this park we will find fountains, sculptures such as the Lady of Elche, monuments, busts of famous Valencian characters.
Those who are passionate about botany will find here a great variety of trees and flowers, such as the rose bushes of La Rosaleda.
Jardín del Turia
It is the great green lung of Valencia. This garden was built in the old bed of the Turia river and with its 9km length it is one of the largest urban gardens in Spain.
The Turia Garden is undoubtedly a fundamental stage of any tourist’s journey and an emblematic place in the city.
Valencians love this garden and often go there for walks, doing sports, cycling, using segway or tandem. In the same park it is possible to rent them.
In addition, the park has football and rugby fields, a skateboarder area and a toboggan park (Gulliver), as well as bars and cafes.
Going through the park, we will go under 18 bridges of different styles and times. Some of them of great interest, such as the Puente de Mar, the Puente de San José or the Puente de las Flores.
Finally, the park has a great diversity of trees and plants. On its sides there are also emblematic buildings and historical monuments, such as the Palau de la Música, the Museum of Fine Arts or the Torres de Serrano.
Jardínes de Monforte, Plaza de la Legión española s/n
Although it is not so famous, the Monforte gardens date back to the 19th century and are famous for their great historical and artistic value.
This green space includes in its interior a mansion and two neoclassical gardens, decorated with marble statues, ornamental fountains, ponds and vases.
The beauty of the trees, plants and the variety of flowers also stands out. In 1941 it was officially declared a “National Artistic Garden” and went under the protection of State.
Jardín Botánico, Calle Quart 80
It is famous for being the oldest one Spain in terms of foundation (1567).
It was created as a garden for the teaching of medicine and was initially located in another part of the city. Since 1803 it occupies the current place and its aims is the conservation, dissemination and study of the vegetation.
The Botanical Garden is managed by the University of Valencia. Here we find a building dedicated to research, a tropical greenhouse, a wooden shade house and several greenhouses.
Strolling through the Garden, you can see plants and trees from various parts of the world, including Tejos, trees that symbolize eternity and live for about a thousand years.
In addition to its environmental value, the botanical garden organizes music festivals inspired by environmental sustainability and exhibitions. It has a rich cultural agenda and organizes educational activities for adults and children.
Jardín del Hospital, Calle de Guillem De Castro 16
This Garden, also known as the MUVIM Garden, is located where the General Hospital used to be. In fact, here we find some ruins of the Hospital and the façade of the Faculty of Medicine.
The creation of the Garden was a discontinuous process due to the various discoveries of archaeological remains.
The entrance to the garden passes through a door with three stone arches. At the top there are four effigies that portray illustrious Valencian characters and immediately behind the door is the statue of Esculapio.
From the Garden we have access to MUVIM and the Valencia Public Library. A building of great architectural beauty that we recommend you to visit.
Thanks to the harmonious mix of nature and architecture, this garden received in 2015 the “The Plan Award 2015” for the Public Space category.
We hope that this post has motivated you to get to know the main gardens of Valencia; places of peace where to disconnect and to chill out during summer nights.
El Rincón del Tándem Spanish school invites you to enjoy the weekend, also practicing Spanish.
See you soon!