Turia Garden

The Turia Gardens is one of the largest urban parks in Spain. It runs through the city along nine kilometres of green space boasting foot paths, leisure and sports areas, and romantic spots where you can unwind. From Cabecera Park to the City of Arts and Sciences, the Turia Gardens are the perfect place for runners, cyclists, families and nature enthusiasts.

Crossed by 18 bridges full of history, the former riverbed passes by the city's main museums and monuments on either bank. The vast gardens are built on the former riverbed of the Turia, whose course was altered to prevent constant flooding in the city. After a devastating flood on 14 October 1957, the Turia's course was diverted south of the city, leaving a huge tract of land that crosses the city from West to East, bordering the historical centre. Several urban planners and landscapists designed different sections of the park, recreating the former river scenery.

They created a unique itinerary of palm trees and orange trees, fountains and pine woods, aromatic plants and ponds, sports facilities and rose beds. The gardens were inaugurated in 1986. The Cabecera Park and Bioparc border the huge gardens to the west, and the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences border it on the opposite side, near the mouth of the river. The Turia Gardens connect a realistic-looking African savannah in the Bioparc with the underwater world and ecosystems you can visit in the Oceanogràfic, and the spectacular opera auditorium and Palau de les Arts housed in the City of Arts and Sciences.

There are many other interesting stops along the way. In the huge Gulliver park, children can climb onto the fingers, hair and legs of a giant, 70m recumbent figure and slide down them like Lilliputians. The Palau de la Música, which offers a complete annual programme, is nearby. Broad esplanades outside the Palau provide spaces where children can skate and play football. Small, swan-shaped boats are for hire in Cabecera Park.

The ponds surrounding the City of Arts and Sciences hire out water walking balls and canoes in summer. Valencia is a flat city, so the Turia Gardens are the perfect place for running enthusiasts and those who prefer to cycle on bicycles, segways and tandems. These small vehicles are for hire in the Gardens. You will find many bars and cafés with extensive terraces along the way, where you can take a break for refreshment. The Turia Gardens are crossed by 18 bridges from different periods and architectural styles. The most outstanding historical bridges are those of San José (17th century), Serranos (16th century), Trinidad (15th century),

El Real (16th century) and El Mar (16th century). More recent bridges are the Puente de la Exposición, 9 d'Octubre, Las Flores and l'Assut d'Or, designed by Santiago Calatrava; the Las Artes bridge, next to the IVAM (Valencian Institute of Modern Art), by Norman Foster; and the Ángel Custodio bridge, by Arturo Piera.

The former riverbed also links other points in Valencia not to be missed, like the Serranos Towers, a gate in the old city walls that surrounded Valencia, currently converted into a wonderful viewpoint over the historical centre and gardens; the Valencia Institute of Modern Art (IVAM) and the Museum of Fine Arts. All of these are located on the former banks of the Turia, which serve as a guide for an interesting cultural itinerary in the city of Valencia.

Address: 
Antiguo cauce del Turia; Valencia
TELEPHONE: 
+34 96 337 0204
E-MAIL: 
info@culturia.org
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Free entry.

Parque del Gulliver (Tel.: +34 96 337 0204)

Opening hours: Monday-Sunday, 10.00am to 8.00pm, all year round except July and August, open from 10.00am to 2.00pm and 5.00pm to 9.00pm.

General: 

Landscaped area approximately 12 km long and 160 m wide, located along the former course of the Turia River. It connects Mislata with the Port of Valencia. An open-access public space, with no opening or closing times. The gardens have numerous services including cafeterias, cycle paths, a police post, sports facilities, ponds, children's games, fountains, physical training areas and minigolf, among others. 

Física: 

Car park:

Given the length of the gardens, there are numerous spaces reserved along its entire length, both sides of the Riverbed.

Access:

There are numerous entrances to the gardens along their length, generally via ramps of varying length, approximately 20-40 m with inclines of 4-15%. Mostly concrete paving, not always with handrails.

Mobility:

The gardens cover a very large area, with surfaces as diverse as concrete, stone or compacted earth. The vast majority of the routes are flat with no changes in level. There are isolated steps, generally served by ramps or level areas. It has large landscaped and grass areas. There are numerous canals crossed by generally accessible bridges, with no significant change in level and with handrails. There is a lot of furniture for sitting throughout. There is a draining system to prevent flooding. Information panels with dedicated information for PLM.

Toilets:

There are adapted public toilets along the length of the park, with a distance of approximately 600 m between them, specifically located at Parque de Cabecera, the Na Turia Environmental Visitor's Centre, the cafeteria of the Palau de la Música, of the Gulliver, the Hemisfèric and of the Príncipe Felipe Museum.

Auditiva: 

Toilets:

There are adapted public toilets along the length of the park, with a distance of approx. 600 m between them, specifically located at Parque de Cabecera, the Na Turia Environmental Visitor's Centre, the cafeteria of the Palau de la Música, of the Gulliver, the Hemisfèric and of the Príncipe Felipe Museum.

Visual: 

Access:

There are numerous entrances to the gardens along their length, generally via ramps of varying length, approx. 20-40 m. Mostly concrete or cobbled paving, sometimes compacted earth. Not always with handrails, with no visual signage before or after the ramp. 

Mobility:

The gardens cover a very large area, with surfaces as diverse as grass, concrete, cobbles or compacted earth. The vast majority of the routes are flat with no changes in level. There are isolated steps, generally served by ramps or level areas. There is not normally any tactile visual signage. There are cycle paths that share the route with pedestrian areas. Generally marked out by non-tactile visual signage. It has large landscaped and grass areas, not always marked out with specific elements. There are numerous canals crossed by generally accessible bridges, with handrails on both sides. There is a draining system to prevent flooding. The park has no information in Braille. 

Toilets:

There are public toilets along the length of the park, with a distance of approx. 600 m between them, specifically located at Parque de Cabecera, the Na Turia Environmental Visitor's Centre, the cafeteria of the Palau de la Música, of the Gulliver, the Hemisfèric and of the Príncipe Felipe Museum.