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The City of Arts and Science, Valencia

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The City of Arts and Sciences, developed by Santiago Calatrava, is a large-scale urban recreation centre for culture and science, which covers an area of 350,000 square metres.  The buildings are situated in the old dried-up Turia river bed, between the old city of Valencia and the coastal area of Nazaret.

The first part of the City of Arts and Science opened in 1998 - L’Hemisfèric (Planetarium). The Science Museum Principe Felipe opened in 2000, L’Umbracle (Parking Structure & viewpoint) opened in 2001, the Palacio de las Artes, opened in 2003.

Calatrava’s use of pure white concrete and Gaudiesque fragments of shattered tiles, an important Valencian industry, tie all the structures together as a whole.

This absolute must for all groups visiting Valencia. You can explore the whole site externally by yourself or with one of our guides.

Here are the 5 different options/buildings we can arrange individual or combined ticket entry for, or you can just explore the grounds

  • Behind the Scenes Architecture Tour:  FHT can arrange a very special tour of the City of Arts and Science taking in areas not accessible to the public at the Science Museum, Oceanographic and more, for a close up look of the stunning architecture of this hugely popular site –GET DETAILS
  • Príncipe Felipe Science Museum:  With the philosophy "Not touching is prohibited" you can imagine what kind of museum this is. With more than 26,000 m 2 dedicated to exhibitions that are renewed periodically, each exhibition, workshop or activity opens a door to knowledge in a modern and fun way. In addition, there are a wide range of guided tours to the exhibitions, thematic or general, always adapted to the curricular level of your students.

The Príncipe Felipe Science Museum offers different interactive exhibitions and also offers scientific workshops if required.  Please ask your tour consultant for further details.

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  • The Hemisferic:  The Hemisfèric is a mesmorising digital 3D cinema, with a huge 900 metre concave screen, which almost envelops spectators. Several films are screened daily, mainly educational documentaries of no more than 45 minutes which are suitable for all audiences. During the projection they'll give you headphones, so you can choose the language of the narration in Spanish or English. You will receive a pair of innovative 3D glasses with your ticket enabling you to change the screening language. We recommend that you check the film listings and reserve the screening that you would like to see before starting your visit to other buildings of the City of Arts and Sciences.
  • Oceanografic: Don’t miss this incredible aquarium and Marine Park – the 3rd largest in the world.  You are  invited us to travel around the planet's main seas and oceans witnessing more than 45,000 examples of 500 different marine species - amongst which can be found sharks, Beluga whales, walruses, sea lions, penguins and manta rays - inhabit nine underwater towers that, structured in two levels, represent the most emblematic ecosystems of the planet.

The oceanographic park, created as a leisure, training and research centre, is structured into ten great areas. The marine areas reflect the Mediterranean habitats, the polar oceans - the Arctic and the Antarctic, the islands, the tropical seas, the temperate seas and the Red Sea. Moreover, the park also has a spectacular dolphinarium, with a show not to be missed.

It also offers many different services such as shops and restaurants, amongst which should be highlighted the underwater restaurant where clients can have lunch surrounded by an immense aquarium.

4D: Scientific Film- Don’t forget to add a showing at Spain’s largest 4D cinema and enjoy a memorable science based film as the cinema re-creates conditions like wind, changes of light, aromas, snow, as well as vibration in the seats.

  • Reina Sofia Opera House: If you are a music-lover then the Palau de les Arts is the place for you at the City of Arts and Sciences. From October to November, its programme includes operas, concerts, zarzuela and ballet. When not being used for performances, you can visit the building by booking a tour in advance.
  • The Umbracle: This is a landscaped viewpoint covering an area of more than 17,500 square metres, from which to view all the buildings, ponds, paths, and landscaped areas of the complex. It houses the “Paseo de las Esculturas”, an open-air art gallery with sculptures by contemporary artists. Terraza Mya opens its doors at night during the summer months. 
  • The Agora; This a versatile space that will allow the holding of varied events. A multi-functional setting has been planned for the staging of congresses, conventions, concerts, and performances; it can also be converted into an exhibition area. This building hosted successfully the Valencia Open.

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