Goodbye Barcelona, Hola Valencia!

This one's for Dr. Casey Sclar

After our third day in Barcelona, and our hearty breakfast at the hotel, we packed up our things and piled into the vans. We all woke up well rested and ready for our four and a half hour drive to the city of Valencia. The highway was in close proximity to the coast and we were able to get a few glimpses of it before driving through the valley which consisted of miles upon miles of: olive and citrus groves, wineries, Nerium oleander hedges, and Cytisus scoparius. Some of us watched the country side, others took naps, and two in particular sang spanish pop songs! (Gavin and Dr. Trader)

The view outside of our hotel!

We arrived at our hotel around 12:30, ate a quick lunch and headed to the Jardi Botanic de la Universitat de Valencia via bus. The “Botanic Garden of Valencia University” dates back to 1567 when the University started a medicinal herb garden for research. It was then closed for two centuries, until it was finally moved to its current location at Tramoieres orchard in 1802 and used for agricultural and botany education purposes. It closed again in 1987 for renovation and reopened again in 2000 to the public for research activities and plant conservation tasks. (“A garden for all, a garden for science, culture, and nature.”)

A view of the Jardi Botanic de la Universitat de Valencia entrance

The garden featured multiple glasshouses, fruit trees, tropicals, Valencian Flora, and the best succulent/cacti garden we have seen thus far in Espana. (Agave blooms towering trees!!!!)

Succulent/Cacti Garden

Tomorrows stop, Granada (about five hours away)


Published in: on June 5, 2010 at 2:13 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. See thats history there, not a 50 year old garden in america. HAHAHA

    Hope you’re all well and see some of you soon

    • You need to settle down Jon.
      Everything is good,
      When will we be seeing you soon?

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