Parks, gardens and bridges
Monforte Gardens are one of the less known treasures of Valencia. A favourite with locals for weddings, these gardens are known as one of the best ornamental and botanical gems of the city, yet are less frequented by visitors.
One of the few historic gardens found in Valencia, Monforte's origins can be traced to an orchard which once sat outside the city walls, east of the river. Spanning almost 3 acres (1.2 hectares), the garden design was commissioned by architect and noble Sebastián Monleón Estellés in 1849.
Consisting of two major areas, the garden displays a lovely array of large trees, shrubs and a gallery of climbers. “El Parterre Viejo” area displays French style, geometrically clipped hedges and “el Parterre Nuevo” sports a more romantic and lush design. Numerous cherubs, fountains and ponds are dotted around the gardens, including stone lions, which are the work of José Bellver.
TIP! The gardens open at 10.30am and entrance is free! Try our VIP tour for an in depth insight to Valencia’s gardens.
How to get there:
By Plaza de la Legion Espanola, next to Vivero Park and Avenida de la Alameda.
Spring - Summer (21 March to 20 September) - 10.30am to 8pm.
Autumn - Winter (21 September to 20 March) - 10.30am to 6pm.