Visit the City of Arts and Sciences
Valencia’s most iconic attraction, the City of Arts and Sciences is located at one end of the Turia River Bed Gardens, drained in 1957 due to flooding and converted into a large public park and recreational area. The complex includes L'Oceanogràfic, an outstanding oceanographic aquarium and park; L'Hemisfèric, an IMAX cinema and planetarium; El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, an opera house and performing arts center; L'Umbracle, a landscaped walk featuring indigenous plant species and an outdoor sculpture gallery; El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe, an interactive science museum; and L'Àgora, a covered plaza for concerts and sporting events. The structures are primarily blue and white, and have a fascinatingly alien and organic style, with elements that resemble jutting bones and eyeballs. Although the entire complex is pleasant to stroll through, the only real must-do attraction here is L’Oceanografic — it’s expensive but absolutely worth it, from the overhead fish tunnels to the well-produced dolphin shows and outdoor avian dome.
By Stephanie Perry, AFAR Local Expert
Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències, València, Spain