Do you like walking? Do you like nature? Do you enjoy disconnecting from everyday stress in parks and gardens? Valencia has a lot to offer.
Valencia has the best weather in Europe. The average annual temperature in the city is almost 18ºC, much more than pleasant, with more than 300 days of guaranteed sunshine.
This makes it easier for us to plan outdoor activities, which apart from being recreational, help us to relax and make the most of every day.
On foot, running, cycling, skateboarding, electric scooter, unicycle, hoverboard or segway. The important thing is to go out and enjoy the part of nature that the city provides us.
We will take advantage of these educational outings to plan activities related to the students’ Spanish course in Valencia. Study with us in a totally different and enjoyable way.
The Botanical Garden of the University of Valencia has its origin in an orchard for the teaching of botany named “orchard of simples” that was created during the sixteenth century.
During the 19th century, botany classes were given and acclimatization tests were carried out on agricultural plants. During the 20th century, the Botanical Garden suffered a long period of abandonment until, in 1987, the University of Valencia designed an integral restoration process that would be completed in 2000.
It currently has an important botanical collection, with some three thousand species of trees and plants from the five continents, highlighting the collection of palms and tropical trees or cactus and other desert plants.
A great visit for the students of our language school. A way to get out of the classroom and experience other more immersive ways of learning.
The course of the Turia River
The Turia Garden is a public urban park of 110 ha, located in the city of Valencia. This park is one of the most visited in Valencia and Spain. It is the largest urban garden in Spain, with a length of more than 7 kilometers.
It was founded in 1986 several decades after the Great Flood of Valencia in 1957. After the flood, the city council and the Government of Spain planned in the 1960s the construction of a large communications axis connecting the port with the airport. But after the citizen movement ‘el riu és nostre i el volem verd’ (the river is ours and we want it green) the plan was changed and it became a place of leisure and nature for citizens and visitors.
The riverbed of the Turia River is the perfect place to enjoy a quiet day without leaving the city. Various services and facilities are offered along the river so that the visitor will not lack anything and can spend the day in complete comfort without having to leave the riverbed.
A perfect environment for the didactic activities that we carry out with our students of the Spanish course.
Jardines del Real – Nurseries
One of our favourite places. A perfect place to walk in the open air.
This park is located on the site where the Palace Gardens used to be. It has been improved and repopulated with the passing of the years conserving the majesty of past centuries; cut hedges, fountains, rose gardens, sculptures, etc.
Its origin dates back to the 11th century during the reign of the Moorish king Abd-Azlz. In 1903 it was donated to the City of Valencia to become a tree nursery.
Inside we all will find the Museum of Natural Sciences.
We can also enjoy events such as the Book Fair and in July, other activities such as concerts or open-air cinema.
In this activity we Will visit the Parque de Cabecera with our Spanish course students.
It is located on the Turia riverbed in the north-western part of the city
It covers an area of more than 330,000 square metres and hosts a wide variety of activities related to culture, leisure and sport.
It’s divided into four zones:
- the Ribera Forest. It is a large wooded area that runs along the left side of the river Turia. Ideal for walking.
- the Mirador Platform. Situated on a hill, is the only elevated area of the Headwater Park where you can enjoy a panoramic view.
- the Bioparc. The well-known animal park.
- the Amusement Park with its children’s attractions.
Gardens of Valencia
Inaugurated in 1983 with about 80,000 square meters and since then is the most visited park in the area. It is located between Burjasot Avenue and Luis Braile and Francisco Morote Greusy Streets,
Once upon a time, this park was a field of orange trees. In 1975 it was bought by the City Council of Valencia, and after a study and several plans began to project what would be the future park.
In front of the Ciutat de València stadium we find the favourite place of the inhabitants of the Orriols neighbourhood. It’s an excellent park for a walk, and it also has sports facilities in which we can play tennis, football or paddle.
Near Avenida Blasco Ibáñez are the Palacete and the Jardín de Ayora. This is a large garden covering 48ooo m2 of land. The palace dates back to 1900.
The vegetation of the Ayora Garden is very abundant and varied: ficus, false acacias, olive trees and large eucalyptus. It is a perfect place for tranquility in the middle of the city.
The Palacete area is the oldest in the garden. It is currently a nursery and therefore has a playground.
Professor Llombart Park
This garden is dedicated to Professor Doctor Antonio Llombart. You’ll recognize him in the sculpture that presides over the park.
The garden was remodeled in 2011 and has an area of 10,910 square meters, delimited by the streets Professor Beltrán Báguena, Joaquin Ballester, Ricardo Micó and Gregorio Gea, between the old hospital La Fe and the bus station.
You will find it in the neighbourhood of San Marcelino, between the municipal cemetery and the cultural centre of the same name. It has 14 hectares of land that are an oasis in the middle of the bustle of the city. It has multiple spaces of diverse vegetation, such as the palm grove, and water areas perfect for relaxing.
This beautiful garden is located near the Congress Centre, in the Beniferri district, and has 40,000 square metres of green space. It was built in 2000 and is inspired by the garden that appears in Francesco Colonna’s book “El Sueño de Polífilo” (1499).
It has different areas and the aim is to create a romantic and evocative space, as detailed by the City Council’s garden website.
Albufera Natural Park
It is one of the most representative and valuable coastal wetlands in the Mediterranean basin. With a surface area of 24 kilometres, it is located only 10 km from Valencia.
The origin of the Albufera lake goes back to the beginning of the Pleistocene, where little by little an old bay was closed as a consequence of the sinking of the Valencian plain.
L’Albufera was declared a Natural Park in 1986. It is the largest freshwater lake in Spain.
A place with its own flora and fauna; with a particular, traditional and exquisite gastronomy; with an unusual landscape; with a different rhythm to the rest of the city, of the province.
Its name comes from the Arabic ‘Al-buhayra’ wich means small sea.
We can walk among rice fields, observe native birds in any of the three canals that communicate the lagoon with the sea, eat and take a boat ride on the lake at sunset.
A magical place, with a unique light and a history of its own as well as the cradle of the best rice in the world.
This activity – excursion is planned during the weekend in order to take all the time needed to carry it out. The students of the Spanish immersion course in Valencia will be able to enjoy accompanying us of this didactic experience.
Bioparc of Valencia
It is an animal park that has been designed under the concept of zoo-immersion. We have the possibility to contemplate from the same point different spaces and allows us to enjoy a unique experience only appreciable in the wild nature.
We approach animals without visible barriers as if we were in the original places of the species!
Walking in the park is like entering the house of the animals with all the security for them and the visitor. It’s an unrepeatable experience.
The aim of the park is to bring the beauty of these places and make them known, loved and respected
Students on the Spanish course in Valencia will enjoy a unique educational experience.
Oceanográfico of Valencia
It is the largest aquarium in Europe, representing the main marine ecosystems of the planet.
Divided into buildings or sections, each is identified with the following aquatic environments: Mediterranean, Wetlands, Temperate and Tropical Seas, Oceans, Antarctic, Arctic, Islands and Red Sea, in addition to the Dolphinarium.
It has 24 million liters of water and a depth of 10.5 meters.
We will be able to study and understand the behavior and way of life of the 500 different species that it shelters: dolphins, belugas, walruses, sea lions, seals, penguins, turtles, sharks, rays, sawfish, jellyfish, stars, sea urchins, crustaceans of all kinds, as well as birds typical of humid areas and in tropical mangroves.
A unique experience in Europe to see live the animals that we have only been able to see in documentaries.
The students of our Spanish course in Valencia are going to love this educational activity that we offer them!