PARKS AND GARDENS
El Bosque de Valorio is located between
the N-122 road, the railway line to Puebla de Sanabria and the
neighborhood of San Lázaro. The development of this last delimitation
was its main threat as, from the 1970’s on, the expansion of the
city and the interventions in the forest’s terrain relegated it
to a status of “park”.
Valorio Forest, given its park-like nature, has an interesting history as well as numerous architectural and landscaping elements. There are indirect historical references to it which date back to the Middle Ages. Legend has it that a hunting party of King Sancho IV trooping through the wilderness—then called Val de Oro, valley of gold—came upon an image of the Virgin. The monarch’s discovery led to the foundation of the sanctuary Santa María la Real in the nearby village of the Hiniesta in 1290.
Twelve hectares of the total eighty correspond to the park’s entrance composed of vast garden spaces and an entertainment area with parks and games for children and outdoor bars. The remaining sixty-eight hectares of Valorio are mostly forest with shady and sunny hillsides that wrap around the neighborhoods of San Isidro, Espíritu Santo, San José Obrero and San Lázaro. A flat area at the base of the park next to Valorio creek contains river foliage on the left bank and a century old pine grove on the right. There are also two artificial turf soccer fields and a multisport court.
At the entrance points to the park, semi-permeable barriers indicate where pedestrians are allowed and vehicles are not. A pedestrian overpass was recently built between the park and San Isidro neighborhood over the N-122 road.
These very well-groomed gardens surrounding the Castle of Zamora offer a splendid stroll for visitors and locals alike. They are the ideal setting for a magnificent view of the Cathedral dome. Both the jardines and the castle were recently renovated and open to the public in August 2009. Around the gardens and within the castle, some of the larger sculptures of the infamous Baltasar Lobo can be appreciated. The museum dedicated to this legendary artist born in Cerecinos de Campos, Zamora in 1910 keeps watch over the gardens in the building popularly known as the Casa de los Gigantes (“Giants’ house”).
Path and park of los Tres Árboles:
The path begins around the Puente de Piedra (“Stone Bridge”), although what is really known as the “Three Trees” path begins further down. In this way, we can make the pleasant promenade a little longer and begin from the city center: a very recommendable walk to enjoy the wildlife of the river on a totally flat, tranquil and refreshing. Along the way, we find the Parque de las Pallas which is a recreation area for kids.
San Martín Gardens and Park:
Plaza de San Martín s/n
La Marina Gardens and Park:
Calle Príncipe de Asturias con Avda de Portugal
Eduardo Barrón Gardens and Park:
Avenida de Portugal
Puerta Nueva Gardens and Park:
Avenida de Mengue
León Felipe Gardens and Park:
Calle Magallanes con Avda. Cardenal Cisneros
Plaza del Maestro Park:
Plaza del Maestro s/n
Plaza del Cuartel Viejo Park:
Plaza del Cuartel Viejo s/n
Plaza de Castilla y León Park:
Plaza de Castilla y León s/n
Las Viñas Park:
Avda. Cardenal Cisneros s/n. (Junto a Estación de Autobuses)