Tourism in the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain
By Paulina Sánchez |
The coexistence between innovation, culture and life is possible at the City of Arts and Sciences, in Valencia, a world that preserves everything that enriches us as humans.
Novelty, freedom, imagination… these are only some of the words that come to mind when we think about the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciènces in Valencia, a place where beauty and knowledge come together.
The Building of the Complex
The modern architectural complex is composed by an IMAX theater called L’Hemisféric; L’Umbracle, a scenic overlook decorated with gardens; the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum where they have scientific interactive exhibits; L’Oceanogràfic, the biggest aquarium in Europe; the Ágora that harbors a multifunctional facility; and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía where they have a varied program of opera and dance performances.
Along an area of two kilometers (1.2 miles), DINKtravelers invites you to discover the elements that make up this modern city and stand out because of their architectural achievements, a combination between nature and design. Therefore, from the moment you arrive, shades of white, green and blue appear before your eyes presenting a wide canvass decorated with stylish curves, straight lines that are abruptly cut in sharp angles, vegetation and water. The fresh and attractive forms built with concrete, steel, trencadís and crystal that grow before you are born from trimmed gardens and then lose themselves under mirrors of water, joining engineering and landscape.
The Generalitat Valenciana drove the initiative with the purpose of stimulating the senses and the mind through cultural and scientific activities. For this reason, when you visit the complex you’ll have the chance to travel to the International Space Station, watch a ballet performance, participate in scientific experiments, listen to opera concerts, learn about chemical cuisine, discover over 500 marine species, dive into an ocean that’s crossed by underwater crystal tunnels and observe magnificent marine animals in artificial settings that resemble the main ecosystems found in the world.
In sum, the harmonious combination between avant-garde buildings, technology, art, science and nature help spread the message that the coexistence between innovation, culture and life is possible in a dynamic and creative world that respects the environment, takes into account other living beings and worries about the preservation of that which enriches us as humans.
Fun Facts about the City of Arts and Sciences
- The water found at the aquarium of L’Oceanogràfic is driven from the Mediterranean beach of Malvarrosa.
- If you want to get there by bus, your options include lines 19, 35, 95 and 40 of the EMT.
- Between July 16th and August 31st you’ll have the chance to observe the marine animals at night, because during those days, closing hours are at 24:00.
- The word trencadís means “brittle” in Catalan and it refers to the mosaics elaborated with ceramic fragments that are put together with mortar and are typical in Catalan modernist architecture.
- The concave screen of L’Hemisfèric measures 900 square meters!
- You can pay for a guided tour conducted by specialists who talk about the project of the Ciutat de les Arts I les Ciènces from an architectural perspective.
- Among the variety of restaurants you’ll find in the complex, we recommend the one at the Science Museum. There you can taste many delicious local dishes.