City of Arts and Sciences

City of Arts and Sciences Valencia

City of Arts and Sciences is an amazing complex, designed by Valencian architect, engineer and sculptor, Santiago Calatrava. Famous the world over for his many other  stunning buildings, this is definitely not to be missed!

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City of Arts and Sciences

L’Hemisferic (The ‘Eye’)

City of Arts and SciencesThis is one of the most awesome of the City of Arts and Sciences attractions.

hemisphereIt was opened to the public in 1998 and sits on a huge rectangular pond which consists of gallons and gallons of brilliant blue water.

The pupil of the eye contains an IMAX cinema, a planetarium (which offers a virtual journey into space) and Laserium. It all comes in four languages, six channel stereo and a 900 m2 concave screen.

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Valencia Aquarium ( L’Oceanografic )

Another popular place to visit is the Valencia Aquarium at L’Oceanografic. The complex houses the largest aquarium of marine life in Europe and has six buildings.

The Submarino De L’Oceanografic Restaurant has a horse-shoe shaped bar in the center of the room. Surrounding the restaurant are underwater tanks with marine life ~  


Valencia City of Arts Full-Day Combined Tickets

city of arts and sciences valenciaExplore Valencia’s breathtaking City of Arts and Sciences with a combined full-day ticket to the Principe Felipe Science Museum, L’ Oceanogràfic Sea Life Center and Hemisfèric, according to your preferences.

See state-of-the-art architecture and more in this amazing complex in the Turia Gardens.

valencia city of artsTouch and feel exhibits to learn scientific facts and watch an eccentric scientist demonstrate the principles of electricity.

Learn about climate change, biometrics and more.  See the impressive Hemisferic building, and watch 3D animations.

Explore the world’s aquatic ecosystems at L’ Oceanogràfia and see sea lions, penguins, starfish and more.

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Paulau de les Arts

palau del les artes valenciaThe stunning Palau de les Arts (Valencia’s Opera House) is a new attraction in the complex.

The building has the most modern technology and open-air auditoriums for theater, opera and concerts.


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L’Umbracle (shaded walkway)

l'Umbraclelumbraclevcityv of arts valenciaA  covered walkway where you can walk, relax and enjoy the sights.

You can see the sparkling Mediterranean sea from here and it’s only a ten minute walk away. 

There is an underground car park below the walkway with room for over 800 cars. It also becomes a night club at the weekend.

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Agora Building

agora city of arts and sciences valenciaThe Agora building is the latest addition to this stunning city by the sea.

Throughout the year there are many exciting events held  such as Valencia Fashion Week, Christmas events and in October it is time for the Valencia Open 500 Tennis Tournament in October.


El Saler Shopping Center

el saler shopping center valenciaConveniently located directly opposite the City of Arts & Sciences near  L’Umbracle and the Agora building.

There is a huge Carrefour supermarket plus lots of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants.

City of Arts and Sciences Sightseeing Train

city of arts and sciences train in turia gardens valenciaThe train runs through the Turia Gardens, from the City of Arts and Sciences to the Museo Bellas Artes.

The cost is  5 euros return for a 30 minute ride in the gardrens.  Ideal for seeing the sites and getting a well earned rest from walking.

There are many lovely hotels nearby and you are also just a short bus ride away from the beach.

Valencia: City of Art and Sciences Sight Running Tour

city of arts and sciences sights running tourEnjoy a 1.5-hour jog in the stunning surroundings of Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences.

Marvel at Santiago Calatrava’s futuristic monuments as you run along the Turia Gardens (old riverbed of the River Turia) and gasp in awe at sites such as the Hemisferique and Agora.

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Where to Stay?

Hotels  Near the City of Arts & Sciences

barcelo valenciaThe Barceló Valencia Hotel is next to the City of Arts and Sciences.  Features includes free WiFi in all areas, restaurant, bar, room service, restaurant (à la carte) and snack bar.

holidayinnvalenciaHotel Alameda Plaza has a rooftop swimming pool, gym and bar with a plasma TV.  The hotel’s restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine, and there are discounts for children. There is also a bar with a plasma TV. 

Express by Holiday InnThe Holiday Inn Express, Ciudad Las Ciencias  is just a few minutes from the City of Arts and Sciences and Palau de la Musica. Nearby is El Saler shopping center full of restaurants, shops and a large supermarket.

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