Valencia Parks and Gardens
Valencia is not only a city of culture but also a city with parks, gardens and recreational areas. The most recent of these is the Parque de Cabecera and in its 334,000 square meters we can find the new Zoo (Bioparc) and fun-fair. The Jardin del Turia is set in the dried-out river bed of the Turia and has 10 kilometres of gardens with areas for athletics, baseball, basketball, a cycle path and a children’s park based around a huge stone figure of the mythical Gulliver.
Other, older urban recreational areas include the Jardines de los Viveros, that were used as a rest area by monarchs such as Abd Al-Aziz, Jaime I or Felipe III. Today, the park can count on 162,000 square metres and as well as its recreational uses, it is home to the Feria del Libro (the Book Fair) in May and there are open-air concerts in July during the July Fair. Next to the Viveros are the Jardines de Monforte with 11,000 square metres that formed part of the now demolished Monforte Palace.
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