When ancient Romans founded Valencia, Spain, the city was built around the Turia River. The Turia River no longer runs through Valencia. In its place, a beautiful urban park snakes more than five-and-a-half miles through Spain’s third-largest city.
The history of the park, Jardín del Turia, began with a tragedy. In 1957, a flood caused by the Turia River wreaked havoc on Valencia, a city that was historically plagued by floods. In response to the disaster, the Spanish government and then-mayor of Valencia concocted a plan to divert the river outside of the city bounds.