The gardens of Valencia are one of the main attractions of Spain's third largest city

The city gardens of Valencia

The city gardens of Valencia © iStock

Spain’s third largest city is brimming with culture, beautiful architecture, a plethora of eateries and stunning stretches of sand.

Sitting on the Mediterranean coast, three hours south of Barcelona, Valencia comprises a modern outer embracing an historic centre, offering plenty of ancient monuments – in fact, it’s one of the largest historical centres in the country.

With more than 45 museums, there’s plenty to choose from – if your interest is 18th-century Baroque architecture, head to the National Ceramics Museum. If contemporary art is more your thing, don’t miss the Valencian Institute of Modern Art.

Delights are around every corner, from beautifully preserved medieval architecture to buzzy, busy markets selling everything from crafts and food to clothes.

Among the attractions worthy of a place on your itinerary is the Silk Exchange, a late Gothic-style building declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, and Valencia Cathedral, consecrated in the 13th century and home to many 15th-century paintings.

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Unwind by taking a stroll through Turia River Gardens. Stretching for six miles, this botanical oasis is situated on the bed of the old river which once flowed through the city. Popular with walkers and cyclists, it offers, among other attractions, a rose garden, palm trees and orange groves.

More unmissable gardens of  Valencia? Monforte Gardens dates back to 1860.  It has three different areas to enjoy: the Parterre Viejo, with clipped hedges and statues on pedestals; the Parterre Nuevo, with its patio of fountains; and the more natural El Bosquetea. A rose garden and a gallery with climbing plants complete the ensemble. All this, together with fountains and other features of interest, make this one of the most beautiful gardens of Valencia.

If you are interested in other European city breaks, why not try Krakow with its beautiful architecture and historic sites.