The luscious network of historic gardens across Valencia’s city centre allow time to recharge and sooth the senses in the knowledge these long-standing sights have been enjoyed by visitors and locals for centuries.
Valencia’s urban parks are not just green spaces – although they have plenty of flora and fauna to show for their centuries of care and attention.
The Royal and Botanical Gardens are the destination’s most emblematic gardens, housing the Medieval Royal Palace and the Natural Sciences Museum. The shelter and shade of the latter and the history and grandeur of the former can make you want to stay for hours.
The Botanical Garden was actually the first of its kind in Spain. It is home to more than 3,000 species of trees and plants from all over the world. The Valencian climate makes them extremely comfortable and able to thrive.
Monteforte gardens offer something a bit different: a neoclassical garden with an artistic touch. Pathways weave around marble statues, ponds and fountains, with pavilions to stop and rest in and take in the sights and sounds.
Glorieta was he first park to be created in the city centre. Smaller than the others, its pretty magnolia trees surround collections of small but impressive monuments, making this a picturesque place to take in the city’s natural beauty and culture. It is a great example of how Valencia mixes green with urban hustle and bustle, located as it is near a busy roundabout.