The Royal Gardens stand out for their historical value, size, sculptures and fountains.
Although some of the most remarkable gardens found in the city, they no longer receive a large amount of traffic due to the popularity of Turia Gardens.
The garden is host to a variety of activities throughout the year, including live concerts during the July Fair and the Book Fair in spring.
Arabic in origin, a palace was built in the eleventh century and was used by various kings. There was also a zoo during the fifteenth century.
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The garden was donated to the city in 1903 for a horticultural nursery from which it derives its other name by which it is known: Viveros. The gardens have been enlarged, with the addition of fountains, greenhouses and more.
In the garden itself, you will find the reconstructed palace gateway featuring the Dukes of Mandas in the sixteenth century “plateresque” style, an elaborate ornamentation suggestive of silver plate. This façade was previously located in Avellanas Street. An eighteenth century gateway is also found a few steps from here, which was once from Condes de Alcudia Palace (or Moroder) in Tetuan Square.
Opposite the neoclassic garden of the San Pio V Museum, is a marble fountain which originates from the Valldigna Monestary. It boasts a Baroque facade from the ancient Colegiata de San Bartolomé church.
Also noteworthy is the Canet farmhouse, which displays an example of typical Valencian rural architecture. The farmhouse is not far from two of the best sculptures of these gardens, the “Idol” and “Desnudo de mujer” (naked woman), by sculpture Jose Capuz. The Natural Science Museum is also situated in the Royal Gardens.
Summer: Monday to Sunday - 7.30am - 9.30pm Winter: Monday to Friday - 7.30am to 8.30pm