The Turia Park
What can we tell you about this idyllic site? This is the largest city park of Spain: 9 Km of green landscape, it functions as the lung of Valencia. This park is both a town planning and a landscape gem: cycle lanes, open-air facilities for sports, children plays, skate park and various fields for football, basket, baseball and rugby. The Turia is the perfect outdoor place for Valencians and tourists wishing to relax, while scheduled bloomings offer the beauty of flowers all year long.
When crossing the city runners and cyclists are used to pass the Turia through as a road and on Sundays here lot of people have their picnics. The park starts at the Science Museum and reaches the park of Cabecera; the gardens have been planned by different landscapes architects and this give a quite interesting result, with the enchantment of 18 bridges of various ages and styles.
The history of the park begins in 1957, when the Turia overflowed its banks causing serious damages in Valencia. To avoid similar problems in the future, the river’s course was changed, and the old riverbed crossing the city become one of the world’s most beautiful parks: an admirable example of environmental redevelopment: the Turia turned from problem into resource and it is now the cardinal point of the social meaning of Valencia.
The park hosts more than 100 species of trees and flowers, a worldwide botanic variety: elms, pines, willows, jacarandas, trees of baobab species with wonderful flowers similar to orchids, palms, ash trees, olive trees, ginkgo trees and many others; and than African daisies, anemones, iris, rose-bushes, and aquatic flowers like the sweet water lilies, floating on the ponds water.
Water is the great protagonist in the Park of Cabecera. It was planned to recreate the previous river landscape with the Turia’s riversides. Here you disclose streams, falls and ponds where swans, ducks and carps happily live and that turns this city corner into a bucolic one: the right place for resting or reading a book.
The Bioparc lies to the north of Turia and it is really the perfect park for both children and adults. It is 100.000 square meters wide and all animals are free: there are no cages at all, while special glasses grant the sensation of being right in a natural habitat: this is the so-called zoo-immersion, reducing at the very least the visual effect of the barriers separating animals than visitors.
There are more than 4000 animals of 250 African species living there. Four different African habitats have been recreated: wet and dry savannah, equatorial forest and Madagascar. These different environments have been duly reproduced with original vegetation, while rocks, caves, baobabs have been carefully imitated. The park offers different interesting shows every day to entertain visitors. There are many watercourses populated by carps and sturgeons.
Madagascar has been located on a little isle inside the park and it is divided into three parts, devoted to lemurs, flamingoes and fossas.
In the Bioparc you will easily imagine being visiting the African continent while staying in Valencia!
The MARINA and the Beaches
Wide, very equipped golden beaches, with disabled services, wooden walkways, infirmaries, lifeguards, children’s play areas, beach volley fields, always clean and properly maintained. Sun
The sun is shining 300 days a year, so you can enjoy the sea in every season; Valencian coasts always represent a wonderful opportunity for relaxing and leisure yourself. We just want to mention someone: the Malvarrosa beach and the Cabanyal beach, that is for sure the most frequented by Valencians. You can arrive there by bicycle from every place in the city.
The seafront is shaded by hundreds of palm trees and several restaurants, where you can taste a delicious paella or agua de Valencia.
For the most trendy, one of the best places is the Marina Beach Club, a music-restaurant, bar and disco where you can edge off and listen different DJ sets, or ambient music and chill-out; you can plunge into the infinity pool and taste cocktails in front of the sea.