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Park Jardins del Reial as well as park La Canasta and Parc de Capçalera provide locals with delightful, landscaped open spaces. They can offer peace, tranquility and recreational activities.

By far, the main attraction is a green lung that skirts the northern and eastern flanks of the inner city. The former bed of the river Turia has become a vast park several kilometres in length, which has been open to residents for over fifty years.

Torrential rains that lasted for days resulted in massive floods. Most of the city was covered in metre high waters with some evidence of the damage still visible today. To avoid such an occurrence happening again, a new riverbed was created to the west of the city. Fortunately, attempts to utilise the space as a thoroughfare were defeated, thus paving the way for the old route of the Turia to be turned into today’s magnificent jewel in Valencia’s crown.

This enormous park overflows with a variety of mature trees, shrubs, flowers and grass. Paths, bikeways and recreational spaces sit well, as does an impressive City of Arts and Sciences. Blossoms can be enjoyed during most of the year. The scent of the roses close to the opera house is a joy to experience.

It is a highly popular area with Valencian and expat residents on weekends especially as well as mild summer evenings.

Dog owners are obliged to keep their best friend on a leash. That said, your writer confesses to allowing well-behaved Kiva to roam freely without experiencing any difficulty.

By Garry Green / Jun 11, 2018


From boutique stores to large department stores, a wide spectrum of opportunities to shop in Valencia is a given. Shopping complexes attract shoppers to the periphery too.