Not only in Spain we find nap lovers, any excuses are welcome to take a rest!
After lunch go for “La siesta”

LA SIESTA, TYPICAL SPANISH. Few people take breakfast seriously, even many do not and dinner is usually light at the end of the day. But after noon meal, most of the body’s blood is focused on the stomach in order to make a good digestion. So, naturally, the brain enters a state of sleepiness that causes fatigue. This, together with the high temperatures that usually exist in Spain at noon. Especially in the summer months, makes doing any work or developing any activity either mental or physical is a complicated task. As a physiological response to daily activity, between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., there is a fall in alertness. Since it is common that enough hours have passed since you woke up so that the brain begins to be tired .

For all this, in Spain we have the habit of taking a nap after eating.LA SIESTA, TYPICAL SPANISH. This means that most businesses and stores close between 2 pm and 4 pm so that their employees go home to eat and to avoid the midday heat while working. And although in Spain we are very accustomed to this pause and its schedules, for foreigners it is a cause of frustration. Since many have to walk around the city or take advantage of shopping at that time.


Between the 80s and 90s, NASA conducted a study with airplane pilots to find out if the nap really had as many benefits as those spoken or not. They made two groups of pilots: some would take a 40-minute nap for several days and others not. With this, they demonstrated that the brain activity of the pilots who slept was much better and more agile than that of those who did not sleep. Actually, different studies recommend taking a nap for a time of between 20 and 30 minutes. This is the ideal time to reduce drowsiness, promote alertness, improve cognitive functioning, reaction times and mood. In addition, the nap is also good for reducing blood pressure, which helps the heart. So WE JUST HAVE TO THANKS LA SIESTA, TYPICAL SPANISH TRADITION, BECAUSE ALL THIS GOOD THINGS.


So, after this, the time has come to take advantage of this day to take a nap. But first, some useful advice for napping: – Find a quiet place, with a pleasant temperature. – Also is important that there is silence or, at best, white noise. That is, because if there can be no total silence, the best thing is that your brain only receives noises such as the fan, the washing machine, the air conditioning …, so it will not be in operation all the time to receive information. – So it is better to take a nap lying down, since it is the natural position of sleep and most muscles you can relax, unlike when you are sitting. – And so if you want to wake up full of energy and no more tired than when you went to bed, take a nap between 20 and 30 minutes, do not lengthen it unnecessarily.





The Jardin del Turia, TURIA´S OLD RIVERBED, is an urban park open to the public that covers about 110 hectares; located in the city of Valencia. An open space where nature and sport complement each other at the service of citizens. It is one of the most visited parks in Valencia and Spain. The largest purely urban garden in the country,
with an approximate length of 9 kilometers
from the northwest to the southeast .

Quick look of Turia`s garden

In 2019 there is already 53 years of having been declared a green zone. Today, the Turia riverbed is one of the biggest attractions for both tourists and city´s people. It is the perfect getaway to enjoy nature or practice your favorite sport. Tourists are amazed because the extensive channel that runs throughout the city and flows into the Port of Valencia where architecture and modernity merge with the simplicity and beauty of the promenade environment. The Turia riverbed combines the coming and going of the capital of Turia with the tranquility of a quiet outdoor space.

The beginning:

It all started with the Great Flood of Valencia that took place on October 14, 1957. The rains overflowed the water of the Turia River and flooded much of the city. Valencia suffered serious material damage and 80 people lost their lives that day. The street of Las Barcas, next to the Town Hall, owes its name to the Riada since it served as a berth for the boats. The channel of the Turia River is the perfect place to enjoy a quiet day without leaving the city. Numerous services and facilities are offered along the river so that the visitor does not lack anything and can spend the day with total comfort without having to leave the channel.

Bioparc and Cabecera park:

For animal lovers, Parque de Cabecera has hosted the Bioparc since 2008. The Bioparc is a zoo that immerses the visitor in the natural and wild spaces of its inhabitants: giraffes, elephants, apes, lions, ostriches, hippopotamuses, crocodiles, zebras and much more. A park where, from the younguest to the oldest, can be surprised with the conservation of animals, respect and awareness of preserving the ecosystems of origin.

There is many ways you can explore the riverbed of the Turia River. Because of this and one option we recomend is by bicycle. Since the plain bikeway that extends through the city make it perfect for this transport that respects the environment. Also and highly recommended is to enjoy the walk on foot: the walker will enjoy, through the five senses, the beauty of the surroundings. The smell of nature, the sound of the water and the leaves of the Parque de Cabecera, the touch of the green lawn where you can lie down and relax … Endless ingredients in line with nature that will make you forget and disconnect from the stress of the city.


For sports lovers, the Turia River channel hosts an extensive range of facilities where you can do sports. In addition, they will always be able to cross the channel by jogging, a practice that is widespread among Turia lovers. Most of the tracks and sports fields are concentrated between the Campanar Bridge and the Serranos Bridge. Rugby, soccer, handball, baseball, basketball courts, ping pong tables, skateboarding areas, running tracks, etc. The channel concentrates a large space reserved for sport.

Spare time:

The green spaces and tranquility of the area captivate the visitor. Some only go to the river to enjoy a good book, to do their daily stretching or to have a quiet and pleasant date. But also it is possible to spend the day in the channel until the sun goes down. Going for a picnic is one of the cheapest options when it comes to spending a Saturday in the city of Valencia, and of courseTURIA´S OLD RIVERBED is a great option.

The sun warms the city: As a result the Mediterranean climate allows tourists to enjoy the open areas of the city of Valencia throughout the year.TURIA´S OLD RIVERBED have a surprise reserved for music lovers. Touring the riverbed, at the height of the Bridge of Flowers, the gardens host the renowned Palau de la Música. The building is a space, full of orange trees inside and waterfalls and gardens around it, which gathers the most consecrated musicians who visit the city. The Palau is home to the Valencia Orchestra and cradle of the most prestigious ceremonies.

Childrens spots:

Children can enjoy the Gulliver Park located under the Aragon Bridge. Its slides and ramps will allow the little ones to imagine that they live in Jonathan Swift’s story and so let the imagination fly by believing the authentic Lilliputians. All this with total tranquility for their parents since it is a safe and entertaining park. So the visitor is soaked in culture, good music, nature, water and land. Surrounded by good vibes and pure air. The perfect hobby for the tourist and for the Valencian, whose obligations do not allow him to escape during the week of his neighborhood, from the city that consumes him so much. But the greenest and healthiest Valencia is located in the TURIA´S OLD RIVERBED. Nature, culture and sport travel the Turia from beginning to the end.