Jardines del Real is just one of the beautiful parks and nature attractions situated in the centre of Valencia. Check out our visit along with photos and video.
Back in January, before COVID-19 hit Spain, we booked a vacation to the Philippines. Of course, things have changed in the space of a few months and our trip to Asia was cancelled. Somehow I’m relieved, because in honestly, I don’t want to venture out too far in this current situation.
Sure, we won’t have the vacation that we have planned, but all is not lost. We live in one of the most beautiful cities in Spain and even though we won’t be flying out to an exotic location this year, we still have the best of what Valencia can offer.
One of the best thing about living in Valencia is that we never run out of things to do. With the pandemic cancelling plans for everyone this year. This is a good opportunity to spend more time exploring the city and visit places that we have never been to before.
The best thing about Valencia is that you will never be short of parks. Whether it’s a small one for the kids or a big park where they hold a lot of events all through the year. Of course, this year is different. Not many events going on, but at least the parks are open again, and Jardines del Real o Viveros is one of these places where you can spend the day enjoying nature.
Parks And Nature Attractions | Jardines del Real, Valencia
Located inside the old Royal Valencian Palace, the park has it all. History, fountains, shaded areas, monuments, aviaries, rose gardens, cafes and more. This beautiful park certainly makes you forget that you are only a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Once you enter the park, it’s large spaces draws you straight in. Parrots are flying from tree to tree, and you will also see the odd peacock or two.
I love how you can take your time exploring every nook and cranny where you will find little surprises. From hidden benches to beautiful fountains. There is also a large rose garden where you can see different types and the fragrance coming from this area is simply amazing. I really wish we lived nearer this area! Imagine having this right on your doorstep?! 😍
During this time of the year, it’s better to visit outdoor spaces while the temperatures still cool. We headed to the park at around 10:00 am. Even at that time, it’s around 30°c. Bring plenty of drinks and take advantage of the shaded areas.
Social distancing is not a problem here, the park is not heaving with people and everyone seem to be keeping with the required safety measures. The cafeteria is also open but with a few restrictions. Table service is not available and they close earlier at 20:30.
This particular cafe/bar is situated next to the Natural Science Museum. just underneath the beautiful canopy of a jacaranda tree. As you can see the tables are spaced out, leaving plenty of room to social distance.
We didn’t visit the Science Museum, my son is at the pre-teen stage and not as interested in dinosaurs as he use to be. However, it’s a great little place for smaller children who enjoy learning about the conservation and history of these prehistoric creatures. The best thing of all it’s also one of the places where you can visit FOR FREE in Valencia.
Opening Times and Location
The park is open seven days a week Monday-Thursdays at 07:00 – 21:30.
Jardines del Real A Video Of Our Visit
If you ever visit Valencia and looking for parks and nature attractions to suit all tastes then I would suggest to visit Jardines del Real. The best time to visit would be during the spring and autumn time when the temperature is a lot more forgiving. You will get the chance to see the fragrant and colourful rose gardens and also the wildlife that lives there. We particularly like the fountains and how well the park is kept. There are a lot of rest areas ideal for picnics. As for the little ones, there are a lot of small play areas where they can burn off that energy. Definitely a park to visit in Valencia, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
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We should have been flying to Valencia this Sunday but alas have decided not to go because of having to quarantine when we get back home and we didn’t want our children to miss any more school. So I’m lapping up all your titbits of Valencian life until we can hopefully make it over sometime next year… Jardines del Real looks wonderful and I can’t wait to check it out 🙂