Gulliver Park (Parque Gulliver)

#18 in Best Things To Do in Valencia
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Key Info

Jardín del Turia, s/n

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
3.6

scorecard

  • 5.0Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 3.5Atmosphere

If a park designed with the giant from Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels" in mind sounds fanciful, that's because it is. Yet Gulliver Park is not merely a literary tribute; rather, it's a playground consisting of numerous slides and staircases arranged in the shape of its prone namesake. The figure's hat contains a smaller version of Gulliver, providing a sense of what the massive character looks like when glimpsed from above. To give a sense of the size of the "giant," the strands of Gulliver's hair are huge slides.

While some adults appreciated the bibliophilic reference, the park was especially popular with children.

Located within Jardí del Túria, the park is free to enter. Its hours vary by season, but it typically opens at 10 a.m. and closes around 8 p.m. during spring and summer (with a siesta break during July and August) and around 5:30 p.m. in cooler weather. For more information, visit the official website.

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#1 Turia Gardens (Jardi del Turia)

The Jardí del Túria (or the Garden of the Turia) might seem odd to newcomers, seeing as how it boasts more than a dozen bridges built to span a river that's no longer there. One of the country's largest urban parks, Jardí del Túria was built after a fatal 1957 flood of the Turia river, which was then diverted over the course of the mid-to-late 1960s. Today, the gardens shelter orange and palm trees and rose bushes among the wide variety of flora. The park's facilities also include cafes, football (i.e., soccer) fields, children's play areas, rugby pitches, fountains, baseball diamonds, running tracks, skate parks and miniature golf courses. Predictably, the park is especially popular with runners and cyclists. It is also ideal for families with children.

The green space is highly appreciated by recent visitors for the range of activities on offer as well as the peaceful atmosphere.

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