City of Arts and Science
City of Arts, Valencia © Spanish Tourist Board
The impressive, futuristic landscape of the City of Arts and Science covers a vast area, rising out of a man-made lake in what was formerly the bed of the River Turia. It encompasses various attractions accessed along a magnificent arched walkway, overhung with an array of flowering aromatic plants and shrubs. The city consists of five areas: the Hemisferic, containing the IMAX cinema and other digital projections; the Umbracle, a landscaped viewing and parking area; the Principe Felipe Science Museum, dedicated to interactive science; the Oceanografico, the largest aquarium in Europe, housing more than 500 marine species; and the Palau de lest Arts Reina Sofia, which hosts opera, theatre, and music performances. The cost of exploring the whole 'city' is considerable but well worth the expense. The exhibitions and various features are stimulating, educational, and entertaining, and the beautiful, otherworldly architecture makes you feel as though you are in a sci-fi movie. It is Valencia's most celebrated modern tourist attraction and a must-see for visitors. The city requires a whole day of your attention if you want to experience everything, and there are some great restaurants to rest and refuel.
Address: 7 Autopista del Saler
Telephone: +34 902 100 031
Transport: Metro lines 3 and 5 to Alameda (15 minutes from the complex); buses 19, 35, 95 and 40 stop at the complex
Opening times: Daily from 10am to 7pm (2 January to 30 June, and 16 September to 30 December); 10am to 9pm (1 July to 15 September)
Admission: Combined tickets for the all areas cost €36,25 (adults) and €27,55 (reduced), entry to specific areas can be paid individually. Check website for details.