Royal Gardens (Greenhouses Park)

The Moorish palace is in ruins, but there's plenty else to love about this diverse green space

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Royal Gardens (Greenhouses Park)

A peaceful park with pedigree

Roughly halfway along the serpentine Jardí Túria park, you'll find another - and considerably older - green space jutting out from it. This is the rectangular Jardines del Real (aka Jardines de los Viveros), whose history dates back to the 11th century, when gardens were built alongside the palace of the Moorish sultan Abd-Aziz. That palace is now in ruins, but at the beginning of the 20th century this enormous expanse was redeveloped into a public park that's become a favourite oasis for locals. It's divided into various different-feeling areas, and includes manicured landscaping; gardens; woodsy areas; sculptures; monuments; cultural institutions such as the Valencia Museum of Natural Sciences; and, again, the palace ruins along with a small interpretive centre.

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