Turia Riverbed Gardens (Jardí del Túria) Tours and Tickets
Just beyond the borders of Valencia’s old town, bridges cross over a river’s canal. But you won’t find water flowing below those bridges – not anymore, that is -- and instead the Turia Riverbed Gardens (Jardí del Túria).
Indeed, until 1957, the River Turia gushed through Valencia. But then a devastating flood prompted citizens to shift the river’s course, diverting the waterway just west of the city. Though this several-kilometer long swath of land was at one time destined for use as a motorway, it was ultimately turned into a garden, making it Spain’s largest urban getaway, and Valencia’s beloved green haven.
Along its meandering course, you’ll find all sorts of park paradise. There are fountains and ponds, cafes and climbing walls, and loads of paths for walkers, runners and bikers. Kids will find their bliss at Gulliver Park, a giant playground inspired by its namesake children’s tale. Along the way, centuries-old bridges cross over the slithering greenery, just as they did when this channel filled with water.
Perhaps the most famous of the Turia Riverbed Gardens’ sites is the City of Arts and Sciences, which sits at the eastern end of the park, near where the original river arrived at the Mediterranean Sea. Here’s where you’ll come upon a complex featuring a collection of buildings with futuristic architecture, and serving both educational and entertainment purposes. Among them are Europe’s largest Aquarium, and L'Hemisfèric, home to a planetarium, laserium and IMAX theater.
Tours and Tickets to Experience Turia Riverbed Gardens (Jardí del Túria)
- Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (IVAM)
- Valencia City of the Arts & Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias)
- Barrio del Carmen
- Silk Exchange (La Lonja de la Seda)
- Quart Towers (Torres de Quart)
- Valencia Plaza del Mercado
- Serranos Towers (Torres de Serranos)
- Valencia Central Market (Mercado Central de Valencia)
- Valencia Cathedral (Seu)
- Plaza de la Reina
- Admiral’s Baths (Baños Arabes del Almirante)
- Valencia Old Town
- Valencia Cruise Port
- Plaza del Ayuntamiento
- Museum of Fine Arts (Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia)