Originally used as pastureland, it is said that, in the 19th century, a wall was constructed to prevent livestock from passing, marking the moment when trees were planted to turn it into the park that it is today. Livestock fairs, military parades, bullfights and dances were organised on this space… A plaque in a nearby house reminds us that Napoleon and his guards took rest in this place when the emperor visited the city in November, 1808.
The park, which covers 3.1 hectares, is characterised by the presence of grass and some 300 trees , among which horse chestnuts, ash trees, elm trees, maple trees, walnut trees and black locusts stand out. Inside, there are pathways, bicycle lanes, sculptures, fountains, a children’s play area and catering establishments.
- Go for a jog with the many people who go running every day around the park’s track.
- Enjoy the grass and the shade provided by its high trees.
- Try to guess what the numbers on the tiles mean, next to the children’s play area.
- Find the plaque at Etxezarra, the house where Napoleon spent the night and came up with the strategy for reconquering the peninsula following the Battle of Bailén.
- Take a walk, after discovering the park, towards La Florida or Armentia along the La Senda Path.
Visits and further information
Location: Portal de Castilla, s/n, 01007 Vitoria-Gasteiz. View with Google Maps.
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