The Gardens of Monforte
The small Garden of Monforte, adjacent to the larger Viveros, is one of the more beautiful green spaces in Valencia (location). Its neo-classical design dates from the 1800s, and it’s said to be that century’s last artistic park remaining in the city. With 33 marble statues, numerous ponds and fountains, and a large central pond in the shape of a water lily, the Jardín de Monforte is a wonderful place for an afternoon rest.
On weekends, newlywed couples are a common sight in the gardens. With its abundance of romantic corners and perfect light, Monforte is famously popular for wedding portraits.
Were it not for the ugly high-rise buildings which serve as an unfortunate backdrop, one could almost feel transported back in time while exploring the grounds. It just feels medieval. The name Monforte comes from the park’s second owners. Christened an “Artistic National Garden” in 1941, it now enjoys the funding and protection of the state.
Opening hours are from 10:30 – 18:00, extended until 20:00 in Spring & Summer (21 Mar – 20 Sep).