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The largest urban garden in Spain

In Valencia is located The largest urban park in Spain is located in Valencia. This park extends to nine kilometres with more than one hundred hectares of land. It is called, Jardín del Turia or the Garden of Turia.

Its origin

The 1957 floods at Turia River caused the deaths of more than one hundred people. In 1958, Consejo de Ministros or the Council of Ministers authorised the construction of a new waterway at the mouth of the river. By 1973, the re-directed water channel began to flow through the river without any further disasters. In Jardín del Turia, there are various floral landscapes as well as palm trees, pines, orange trees, roses, and sport tracks.

A perfect location

This immersed park is bordered to the west of Cabecera Park and Bioparc and to the east with the City of Arts and Sciences. Along its route, there are other very interesting landmarks including a huge park called, Gulliver, with slides for children. In addition, there is the Palau de la Música, which offers annual concerts for all types of audiences.Valencia is quite a flat city and therefore, these Jardines del Turia form an ideal space for running enthusiasts or cycling fans. Along the way, there are different bars and cafes to have a coffee or drink with your friends.

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Other important locations

It is worth mentioning the 18 bridges that crown the different spaces of these gardens. They are from different eras; the fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The other points of interest are the Torres de Serranos, which are considered to be the biggest Gothic gateway in Valencia.

Continuing with cultural places that can be found along the Turia Garden, there is the Museum of Fine Arts, (Museo de Bellas Artes), the Valencian Institute of Modern Art, (Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno), the Oceanográfico, the Hemisférico, the Prince Felipe Museum, the Ágora, and the Palau de les Arts.

Regarding the best zoos in town, one should not miss the Bioparc, which is among the most important zoos in Spain. With more than 110 different species, it surpasses 800 animals. There are enclosures that simulate the climate and habitat of every animal, such as those that come from Africa.

Cycling Lane for Park Travel

To cross the entire route of this Spanish Central Park, cycling lanes have been created. These paths start from the mouth of the river all the way to the park. 

The existing sports facilities (athletic fields, football grounds, and much more) are mixed with many other leisure facilities for children and adults.

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