The Botanical Garden from Valencia was founded in the 16th century, though it wasn't until 1802 when it moved to its current location. Back then, this area was outside the city walls, though not far from one of the two still standing city gates. Knowing this makes me realize just how small Valencia was 200 years ago and how fast it expended into the third largest city in Spain.
The garden features some pretty interesting pieces of architecture, mostly made out of brick and iron.
And some very cute and friendly cats. Though once the heat arrives to Valencia, the furry little pals become so sleepy that you would think somebody spread sleeping powder throughout the garden. This time my husband and I intended to see the spring flowers and stroll through the alleys admiring the cluster of Mediterranean plants, though in the end I have to admit, the kitties stole the show (again).
The Botanical Garden also has an outstanding palm tree collection, with over 120 species, though it's nowhere near El Palmeral from Elche, 150km to the South, the largest palm grove in Europe. Day tours can be easily organized to visit them both.
Nowadays, 4.500 different plant species are grown here and a colony of over 50 cats call these gardens their home.
The pond in the middle of the Botanical Garden is one of my favorite spots, because of the little golden fish (unfortunately they don't fulfill wishes) and beautiful pink and white water lilies that bloom later during the year. For the moment, just the calla lilies were showing off their beauty in the April sun.
The cactus garden is pretty interesting if you like plants with thorns. I prefer the other ones myself, though I couldn't help but gasp in amazement at some of the flowers these plants make.
You can tell it's spring, can't you?
Useful plants are also grown here...
Yes, this is a normal sight in Valencia's Botanical Garden. All you have to do is sit leisurely on a bench and chances are a cat will jump in your lap in no time.I guess this is not a place for those with cat allergies.
Alternatively, we spotted kitties everywhere...
And the tulips were awesome, though we were kind of late to the party.
Not for the other spring flowers we were not...
And the fountain...
But we could never make sense of this iron tree.
Birds like trees, cats like birds, but cats are too lazy to climb the trees, therefore the birds live happily ever after.
I rest my case!
Love is in the air... see if you can spot it!
This must be the most awesome owl ever...
.,..and the shiest cat ever.