If you happen to be in Valencia this Spring, you’ll want to make the most of these beautiful places. Especially while the weather is cool and the high season of tourism has not yet begun!
Valencia has some great destinations when it comes to choosing a day out with family and friends. Here are some of our favorite spots if you want to get away from the noise and stress of the city!
PARQUE DE CABECERA
There are no fences to be found here, making it a 24-hour park at the west point of the city. It’s where the “Antiguo Cauce del Río Túria” originally started from. It is right next to the city, allowing you to make the most of nature, without actually having to leave the city. It boasts a lake, rivers, waterfalls, fields, forests and also a small mountain!
There are many activities you can partake in like picnics, walking, cycling, running, sailing, or simply relaxing! There is also wildlife like swans, ducks, turtles, fishes and frogs that you may run into during your visit.
Valencians have been waiting for the opening of this park for more than 30 years, since it was promoted as part of a politicians electoral planning. It took a while, but last December, it finally became a reality. Valencia Central Park is open and now everyone can visit its 11 hectares.
Over a thousand trees and more than 85,000 bushes have been planted, as well as a library. This makes up only 40% of the park’s total surface, because there are still 12 more hectares left to build in the future, when the railways are buried.
One of the best places to have a good time with children is the “Bioparc”. It’s Valencia’s zoo, spread out into four open areas where the animals live.
- Savannah: Antelopes, giraffes, zebras, elephants, ostriches, storks, wart-hogs, impalas, rhinoceros, porcupines and many more live in the biggest space of the “Bioparc”. Also, hyenas and lions live there, but in separate spaces to protect the other animals, obviously!
- Madagascar: Flamingos, pelicans and fossas live here, but without a doubt, the lemur is the king. Children love this space thanks to Dreamworks’ production of Madagascar.
- Wetlands: Hippos and Nile crocodiles, live together there with turtles and venomous frogs.
- Equatorial Forest: This area hosts buffalos, chimpanzees, gorillas, dwarf crocodiles, geese, chameleons, cranes and otters. Leopards live here too, but in different areas for the same reasons as the lions!
Another option for a day out this Spring would be to take a visit to “Oceanográfico” or “Oceanogràfic” in Valencian.
Valencia boasts the largest aquarium in Europe, with over 100,000 m² of marine ecosystems. More than 45,000 animals of more than 500 species live in the different facilities, representing all ecosystems in the world.
- Arctic: where you can see beluga whales, seals and walruses
- Tropical: where you can see moray eels, spider-crabs and a huge variety of tropical fish
- Oceans: with sharks of every species, saw-fishes, white tipped sharks, bull sharks, angel sharks, guitar fishes and many more…
- Mediterranean: with a lot of fish, octopuses and lobsters
- Dolphinarium: where the visitors can enjoy the spectacular dolphin shows
- Sea-mysteries: with the strangest species of the World!
- Jellyfish aquarium
But there are not only fish in the “Oceanográfico”. There are other ecosystems represented in the enclosure.
- Antarctic: it’s the most loved one due to the marvelous penguins living there
- Islands: with sea lions
- Lake and Wetlands: with crocodiles, frogs, turtles, swans, flamingos, cormorants and pelicans
- Bird Sanctuary: hosting many species of birds
If you want, you can also have lunch or dinner in the submarine restaurant, but the “Oceanográfico” is not just a space for free-time, it’s also a center for research and learning about sea life.
While you’re in Valencia, enjoy what it has to offer! We are located in the city center so we have a perfect location from which to reach these must-see destinations!