Hello, friends! The Royal Gardens of Valencia is not the most important place where you should definitely visit if you arrived in this city for a day. If your visit is whiter than long, then you will be interested in places where you can relax from the hustle and bustle of the tourist or take cover from the sun. And here you will come to the aid of the parks of Valencia. Shady and cool - they will be just right in the spring, and in the summer, and in the fall.
One of them is created in the riverbed and is called Turia Gardens. A beautiful, relatively young park. I already talked about him. And the Valencians are sweet one more, who has earned a reputation for its long history and called the Royal Gardens.
Similar names do not arise out of the blue. If called royal, then the gardens should be directly related to the monarchs of Spain. That's right. They have! Since the XIV century, this part of Valencia near the Turia River has been reserved for a nursery manor where trees and flowers were grown to decorate the palace territories belonging to the royal family.
The chronicle remembers everything! In those ancient times, the nursery was known as Viveros. There is information that, in 1560, Philip II ordered to grow orange and lemon trees in the nursery, as well as 4,000 flower plants, to plant them in the palace gardens in Aranjuez, near Madrid.
And now in the Royal Gardens a variety of plants is represented. Here grow cypresses and palm trees, Spanish firs and agaves, cacti and coconuts, araucaria and tamarix, ferns and dracaena, rhododendrons and azaleas ... This is a negligible list of the exotic that can be seen in the park.
The gardens have long become a public park. It carefully preserved small architectural objects reminiscent of its former importance.
Once the monarchs decided that only moving plants to the palaces was a one-sided tactic. It's time to build a palace in the nursery. The most active of the kings and built a wonderful (judging by old photographs) palace with four towers. The construction was quite large, and they called it the palace of 300 keys - according to the number of doors. Until 1810, the palace served until it was destroyed during military events.
In recent years, they excavated the base of the palace and fenced these ruins in the park. But visitors are unlikely to feel the thrill of looking at them ... Unless the approach to these ruins looks pretty.
It is much more interesting to see the old portal from the Museum of Fine Arts, whose territory is adjacent to the Royal Gardens. Previously, the portal belonged to the monastery of St. Julia.
For some reason, this part of Viveros looks somewhat abandoned. Although the park everywhere preferred the natural coating of the tracks, they need more care on the north side. And the fountain does not wait until it is cleared ...
Despite these minor misunderstandings, the Royal Gardens are still good. In addition to the diversity of plant species, gardeners took care of the variety of forms. It’s nice to see such a flower tunnel and have a fun walk along it.
It looks like the former Royal Nursery is popular with locals. During our walk in the park was quite crowded. People walked along the alleys, many rode bicycles.
It should be noted that everyone has enough space in the park. A large area with natural surface, around it are alleys and paths. There are few large architectural objects in the gardens. And those that are are so beautifully twined by plants that they are perceived as part of nature.
One object is especially attracted. We drew attention to a crowd of people where there were many children. Going closer, they found a spacious aviary with birds. Most of all there were parrots in the cage, but some more species fluttered. The audience willingly offered the seeds to the birds, and the parrots also willingly responded to the treat.
A sign prohibiting feeding the birds was present, but it was ignored recklessly))
Museum of Natural Sciences
Not so long ago, the Museum of Natural Sciences moved to the Royal Gardens (not to be confused with the Museum of Science in the City of Fantastic Architecture). A valuable paleontological collection was placed in one of the buildings on the territory of the scientific world.
Visitors can see the fossilized skeletons and bones of mammals that inhabited South America in antiquity. Amateurs are unlikely to appreciate the collection assembled by Spanish engineer Jose Rodrigo Botet when he was involved in major projects in Argentina. But the scientific world was anxiously awaiting a ship on which in 1889 Botet returned to his homeland, accompanying his collection. To transport exhibits from Barcelona to Valencia, even provided a special train.
How to get to the Royal Gardens
The gardens are located on the outskirts of the historic center of Valencia beyond the former river. The Royal Bridge leads directly to them, practically resting against the main entrance to the park. This description is more important to know than the address.
Behind the main entrance, the main alley is laid. If you walk along it, the ruins of the palace will be on the right, and the paleontological museum will be on the left in the depths of the garden. In the photo - a view of the alley from the park towards the entrance gate:
I indicated the reference objects only to clarify the layout. I don’t think that people come here to visit the museum. In fact, the park is worth a look for the pleasure of spending time surrounded by rich Mediterranean vegetation. Just in case, I’ll clarify that admission is free. Wander among palm trees and cypress trees, watch bird fun and just relax.