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, and 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 for refueling and resting in between attractions. Even if you don't enter a single building strolling around and admiring the exteriors is very rewarding.
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.