Spring In Spain’s Largest Gardens. The Turia Gardens, Valencia

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These are the largest urban gardens in Spain. Stretching for over 8 km, from the City of Arts and Sciences, the world famous architectural wonder of Santiago de Calatrava, till the other end of the city, the new state-of-the-art Bioparc zoo, Turia Gardens cut Valencia in two halves.
About 50 years ago, these gardens used to be a river. But as the waters got mad on people and flooded the city, the people got mad on the river and outcast it. Now the Turia River surrounds the city to the south and the old riverbed is a prolific garden we thoroughly enjoy.
Back when this urban remodeling started, the first idea was to build a motorway in the old riverbed. But the people of Valencia protested and nowadays we have this gorgeous relaxing gardens instead of even more noise and pollution. The Valencian paid dearly for this, and for many years, every letter that was sent had an additional fee that went in the garden’s account. 
Aside from the beautiful promenades of flowers, parks, ponds and fountains, along the Turia Gardens are tons of sport facilities, including bike lanes, running tracks, football fields, rollerskating areas, a giant chess board, a skateboarding zone and a rugby field. 

The park is also a dog’s heaven. Though this never stopped stray cats from calling these gardens their own.

Valencia is an incredibly health conscious city and people of all ages practice yoga, Tai Chi, jog, and ride bikes through the park. Though, the two of us prefer lazier activities, like strolling through this green heaven for hours and go for romantic Sunday picnics.  

As we went towards Bioparc, we met ducks. Lots of ducks…

And we recently discovered this beautiful artificial lake where they rent swan paddle boats…

And because it’s spring, love is in the air…

And the love locks could not miss either.

The classical art museum is just next to the park and they recently opened a new room dedicated to Joaquin Sorolla. We checked it last week and we liked it. Although, it’s kind of small.

Some trees take a stand and deny spring is already here…

But, without a doubt, they are wrong …

And everything is green. Surprisingly green!

And kids enjoy the once again warm days tremendously.

Though not only the kids…

I never knew ducks could be so athletic…

But the most funny and weird site we could spot during spring in Valencia is the Rudolf train. He is so popular here that he’s on duty year round. 

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29 Responses

  1. I think it so important to have green space especially in cities. People need a place relax, recharge and breath fresh air. Hats off to the people of Valencia for fighting for their gardens.

  2. Devjani Ghose
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    After looking at the pics & reading the blog, I think I should surely visit Spain once in my lifetime..

  3. Don Faust
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    Wow – very nice colorful springtime photos!

  4. Mandy
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    The Turia Garden is like a poem… Love it!

  5. Patrick Waller
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    Beloved Valencia not long now until the Batalla de Flores!

    • Laura
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      Indeed, the Flower Battle is only 3 months away… But we won't be in Valencia this year to attend 🙁

  6. Removals London
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    Spring is the season of renovation, green magic and love, my favourite season, it is beautiful all over the whole world, but as the photos show – in Valencia springtime is gorgeous!

    • Laura
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      The Turia Gardens are sooo special, aren't they? 😉

  7. Ah, springtime! It's been so stormy here in France so we haven't had much taste of spring yet. I hope it arrives for us soon, though!

    • Laura
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      I think that's the case almost all over Europe. That's why we love it here, we didn't even had proper winter, it just went from autumn to spring…

  8. Andrea
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    Gorgeous!! I love those swan paddle boats (the bridge looks scary from a distance though – so high and thin!

    • Laura
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      Haha, the wonders of modern architecture… 🙂

  9. Alexa Meisler
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    Amazing shots! I'm mesmerized. My favorite photos are the ones of the ducks. They look so composed and relaxed, unaware of any other creature watching them.

    • Laura
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      Truth being told, not many people were watching them… except for us and the little boy. And I think they enjoyed a bit of harmless attention 🙂

  10. dtravelsround
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    I LOVE Valencia! These are beautiful photos!!

    • Laura
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      Yay! We are always happy to hear that. We love Valencia too 🙂

  11. They beauty and the romance…love it!

  12. Angela
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    Lovely, I would stay for hours baking under the sun!

    • Laura
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      The April sun is the best here in Valencia, not too hot, not too cold 😉

  13. A Montrealer Abroad
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    Haha the swan boats are SO cheesy, but what a beautiful set of photos!

    • Laura
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      Haha, cheesy can be good sometimes too 🙂

  14. Aaah! This is spring how it should be. What a wonderful collection of photos.

    • Laura
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      Thanks sweetie! Spring is my favorite season for a good reason 😉

  15. Italian Notes
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    Lovely photos though I miss the compulsory wedding photo sessions that seemed to be everywhere in Spanish gardens last time I went:)

    • Laura
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      No weddings… probably because it was Sunday… Another reason might be that the hot spot for wedding photography here in Valencia is by the City of Arts and Sciences…

  16. Jolly Princess
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    Great photos! I could not help but smile while going through one by one of the above photos. Thanks for sharing this lovely place in Valencia Spain.

    • Laura
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      Glad to make you smile 🙂

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