The Turia Garden
05 Jan 2021 /

The 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.

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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.

Several urban planners and landscapists designed different sections of the park, recreating the former river scenery.

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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. 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.

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The well-known architect Ricardo Bofill designed the section of the garden in the noble area of the city, with orange and palm trees, the area next to the Palau de la Música.

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The “Vetges Tú – Mediterrania” team designed the section from the Casa del Agua to Nuevo Centro, including the sports facilities and some fountains. The Consellería de Agricultura designed the stretch of the “Urban Forest” between Nuevo Centro and the sports area of Serranos, placing thousands of pines. Later, the garden of Gulliver was realized.

A photographic report by Alfonso Legaz.

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