Turia Gardens of Valencia
The Turia Gardens (Jardin del Turia, in spanish) has an area of 110 hectares making it the largest urban park in Europe and one of the most visited of Valencia, with over three million visitors annually. It stretches from the City of Arts and Sciences to the Bioparc.
The proposal for the construction of this park was born after a disaster happened in Valencia in 1957. The river Turia, which then passed by the center of Valencia, overflowed causing serious flooding that claimed hundreds of lives . Following this episode, the council decided to divert the River Turia and turn the old rverved into a park for the citizens. Over time the park was enlarged to become the Turia Gardens today.
Integrated in the Garden of the Turia is the Parque Gulliver, which is characterized by the monumental sculpture of Gulliver bound by the Lilliputians. The figure is 70 meters tall and filled with ramps, stairs and slides for visitors, as if they were inhabitants of Lilliput, playing with the body giant.