La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias /
Buses from the city centre are 95, 35, 19 and 40
By motorway -
First take the bus, taxi or a even a 20 minute, healthy walk from the city.
At the south end of the old river bed park Río Turía you will find this huge, futuristic and fantastic city of 'intelligent entertainment' which is Valencia's incredible Millenium Project .
This is a whole new look to culture, science and nature. Architecturally stunning and beautifully designed, The City of Arts and Sciences (CAC) takes up a total of 350.000 metre2 and green space of 7,000 metre2.
Four main buildings and a sculpture park make up CAC and then there is the Oceanografic.
The Architecture, as we have already said, is stunning and is the work of Santiago Calatrava and of the late (and often forgotten) Felix Candela, who designed the L'Oceangrafic.
If you plan on visiting them all, give yourself at least a day (though the Oceanografic could take at least a day on its own) and we would recommend a combined admission ticket, cost 20--25€. Individual tickets for each attraction range in price from 7€---25€
The City of Arts and Sciences
Beautiful sculpture gardens surround the complex and a there is little train which takes you around the grounds.
Lets take a look at each building as you approach from the north (city) end
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia
This extraordinary building, some liken it to an egg, some a ship, others a space station, designed especially for opera, seats 1800 people in a multi-functional auditorium and has a further 4 performing arts halls . It is the second largest opera house in the world and the technology is second to none, with state of the art scenery moving and electronic elevated platforms.
Tickets for the operas are quite hard to come by, watch the press and buy immediately they become available!
Check here for up-to-date programme or go on www.lesarts.com and be aware that even in this brand new auditorium there are no-vision areas, yes, seats behind pillars!
There is an ever-changing show timetable, check press for updated programme.
As you walk around the grounds, watch the building to see the 'eyelids' open, fascinating!
Museo de las Ciencias Principe Felipe
It has a great 'hands on' section with all the gadgetery to teach children(and adults of course!), about electricity, light, sound, how the body works and a fun Sports section where one can test one's abilities, speed, balance and strength.
A good restaurant, cafe and gift shop can be found on the ground floor without purchasing a ticket for the whole museum.
At various times of the year they have special themes within the museum (currently it is a major exhibition on Titanic)
If you are visiting in July there is the annual Eclèctic Festival, great music and entertainment events in the grounds and even better, free admission! which is cleverly staged on the wonderful bed of water.
At either end there are pretty white cone like constructions which surprisingly house the lifts. To the edge of the car park at street level there are huge blue mosaiced air ducts for the car park, I can only see them as giant's urinals!
To really take in everything here you should allow a good day.
Be aware the last entrance is 6pm which I know has surprised some people. There is, at the moment a special evening show of the dolphins under the stars (until September)
One must not forget that Felix Candela was the architect here, the wonderful white and fabulously shaped buildings are a great contrast to the blue skies. All set around the lake, with interesting gardens with over 80 different species of plants. Most of the exhibits are underground in beautifully designed wooden areas. This submarine park is set in 11 different buildings
The oceanarium here is said to be the largest in Europe and the second biggest in the world. Many people feel this oceanarium is easily on a par with any American park and many feel it better, especially the dolphin show, where 20 bottlenose dolphins entertain you, which is superb. Be sure to pick up the show timetable on entering the park and get a good seat early.
There are 45,000 kinds of fish and marine mammals from 500 species.
Underground the park covers oceans of the world, Mediterranean, Arctic , Antarctic, Tropical and warm seas. As you walk through the various continents, there are enormous subterranean aquariums containing beautiful species, our particular favourite is the extremely long tank that you walk through feeling you are truly part of the water and be sure to look up and look eye to eye with those fishes!
Above ground you can see the penguin pools, turtles, seal and sea lions
Within the park there are several, cafes and restaurants.A very special place to eat is the Submarine Restaurant where you sit surrounded by fish, in a huge aquarium, be sure to book as it gets very busy, it is also open in the evening after the park is closed.