Eight kilometers of green areas run through the city of Valencia from the northwest to the southeast, structuring the city. This is the old Turia riverbed in Valencia, now converted into a green, sports and cultural area.
Currently the park is a benchmark meeting place in Valencia with more than three million annual visitors, it is the most visited park in Spain. It exceeds in size to large parks in Paris or Madrid. During its tour of the city, the old river bed has 23 bridges from different periods and styles (from the 14th century) that cross its riverbed.
The Turia river bed of Valencia has integrated, among others, the Gulliver Park and the Head Park, the Palau de la Música, the Bioparc and the City of Arts and Sciences. In addition, the channel has become a training place for thousands of runners who daily cover its almost 10 kilometers from end to end, counting in addition to a track prepared and exclusively for runners, the famous 5K lane of Valencia Ciudad del Running.
The Turia riverbed is an open space where you can find nature and play sports. For those who live in the Valencian capital, when they want to disconnect they escape to the river to enjoy nature or practice their favorite sport. Tourists are amazed at the extensive riverbed that runs through the entire city.
The immense garden is limited by the Parque de Cabecera and the Bioparc to the west, and the avant-garde City of Arts and Sciences on the opposite side, almost at the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea.
We could say that the Turia channel connects the African savannah, faithfully recreated in the Bioparc, with the underwater world and the ecosystems that can be visited in the Oceanogràfic, or with the spectacular opera auditorium, the Palau de les Arts, both in the City of Arts and Sciences.
The decision of this great green lung in the middle of the city must be sought in the great flood of Valencia took place on October 14, 1957. The rains overflowed the water of the Turia river and flooded much of the city. Valencia suffered serious material damage and 80 people lost their lives that day.
The bed of the Turia River in Valencia is the perfect place to enjoy a quiet day without leaving the city. For more than 8 kilometers you can find sports facilities, recreational areas, bars and restaurants, theme parks, large true areas, cultural spaces or impressive buildings such as the Palau de la Música.
There are several ways to travel the bed of the Turia River. One of the preferred ones is to go by bicycle since the plain that extends through the city favors the use of this means of transport that respects the environment and the other on foot. You will find many companies that rent bicycles, electric scooters or even a little train that runs along the riverbed from east to west of the city.