Half-day City of Arts and Sciences Valencia
The City of Arts and Sciences is an ensemble of six areas in the dry river bed of the now diverted River Turia. Designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava and started in July 1996, it is an impressive example of modern architecture. The "city" is made up of the following, usually known by their Valencian names: El Palau de les Arts (Arts Palace), Reina Sofía Opera house and performing arts centre; L'Hemisfèric an Imax Cinema, Planetarium and Laserium; L'Umbracle; El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe (Science museum), the Oceanografic an Open-air aquarium and oceanographic park and Ágora, a versatile space that allow the holding of varied events. Surrounded by attractive streams and pools of water, the surrounding areas of the "city" are typically used as a relaxing place to walk, day or night, with an open air bar outside the Science museum Príncipe Felipe during the evening.
This tour involves a panorama by the former riverbed of the River Turia right up to the new symbol of contemporary Valencia. Visitors will see the Umbráculo (a raised garden promenade) which offers a superb vantage point for the buildings. We will then continue to the Oceanografic, Europe's largest marine park and aquarium complex where they will be able to marvel at the array of aquariums representing the seas and oceans of our planet.
Tour Duration: 3 hours (indicative only and adaptable)
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