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Top 5 buildings inside the City of the Arts and Sciences

Valencia's ethereal City of Arts and Sciences consists of eight gleaming white structures amidst a sunken park. Their uncoventional futuristic designs, created by famed Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, have made this City a celebrated treasure of Spain.

Hemisfèric
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Hemisfèric

This planetarium was the first building to open in 1998, and its curious form reflects an opened eye. For an ultimate IMAX moment, watch a film on its 9,687-square-foot screen.

Umbracle

Umbracle

After admiring lush vegetation under soaring arches and strolling down the Art Promenade, gain hands-on knowledge about the universe at The Garden of Astronomy.

Principe Felipe Science Museum
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Principe Felipe Science Museum

Named after Spain's Prince Felipe, who is now king, the center hosts seasonal exhibitions and an interactive look at science, technology and the environment.

Oceanogràfic

Oceanogràfic

The Oceanogràfic illustrates the world's main ecosystems with 45,000 marine animals from 500 different species. There's even an underwater restaurant for a deep-sea dining experience.

Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia
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Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia

Named after Spain's Queen Sofia in 2005, the avant-garde opera house comprises four cultural venues for music and theater. The Main Hall can seat up to 1,400 people.

Our insider tips

Purchasing tickets

You can either purchase tickets for the one place you'd like to visit (Hemisfèric €8, Oceanogràfic €27,90, Science Museum €8), or mix and match the sites with a packaged price. You can book all three for €32, which includes a 10% discount when booking online. When selecting the Hemisfèric, you'll need to choose one film session you'd like to watch. You can buy all tickets online for a specific date.

Opening hours

During the medium-high season (April 2 - July 12), the Oceanogràfic opens daily at 10:00 am and closes at 8:00 pm, and until 12 midnight from July 17 - Aug. 31. Closing times are different for low and medium seasons. During the high season (July 1 - Sept. 6) the Science Museum opens daily from 10:00 am - 9:00 pm. Closing times vary according to the low and medium seasons. To see an IMAX film at the Hemisfèric check listings for show times.

Tour of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia

Tours take place on weekends and bank holidays and are subject to a minimum number of bookings per tour. The cost is €8, and you can purchase a ticket in advance online by 1:30 pm on the Friday before the weekend at the latest.

How to get there

The City of the Arts and Sciences is fairly close to Valencia's center. Take metro lines 1 or 5 to Alameda station; it's a 15-minute walk from there. City bus lines 1, 13, 14, 15, 19, 35, 40, and 95 go directly to the City.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    General hours: 10:00AM - 7:00PM daily
  • Is it expensive?
    If purchased at the ticket office, a combined entry pass will cost 36 euros. It's worth your while to book online for a discounted price.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It's easy enough to get around and explore yourself, but if you want to know more about the park and its curious architecture, there are numerous guided tours available. For the physically ambitious, there is a running tour!
  • How to get there
    Take the metro to Alameda station or hop on a bus.
  • Additional information
    There's so much to see, you might want to split this excursion into 2 days!

What people are saying about City of Arts and Sciences

Fabulous - English guided tour was just perfect

Super guide, bikes are good, easy and quick to get sorted, great location - highly recommend

Valencia Bike Tour Reviewed by Gareth, 03/31/2019

A delightful experience, highly recemmend it !

This was an idyllic way to celebrate my birthday in Valencia. Our guide / host (Nick & Nacho) were warm, charming , knowledgeable & very accommodating. The gastronomic experience and roof top views sensational.

The best choice for the Christmas Eve I could do!

I visited Valencia for Christmas as a single tourist and my guide Eduardo made an unforgettable event of it. I was the only customer on that day, but he did not cancel my tour either! Totally private! Many thanks!!! Everything was even better than in the offer. Eduardo took me from my hotel comfortably by car to the wonderful Calatrava center and explained all about the different buildings, showed them from different perspectives. They were closed in the afternoon because of Christmas, but the area has a lot outside, as well. Then we went to the highest building of Valencia, where I was invited to the company rooftop appartment with a nice room, kitchen and a terrace with perfect view. Sunset over the city with different wines and variety of tasty tapas prepared freshly for us by a very kind lady cook. Talking about different life issues in Valencia, continuing at the table in the room with gentle music. By car to hotel + finally a lovely Christmas present as a surprise! Just perfect!!

Fantastic tour, great hosts and amazing views - not to be missed!

We had a New Years Eve booking (as a family of 4) and joined another family of 4. It was a perfect group size for the experience. We were collected from the door of our hotel and chauffeur driven to the science park. The guide, Nacho, was very knowledgable and gave us a great insight to this side of town. We then went up 30 floors to be served food and wine overlooking the city and of the quality and service that you would expect in a fine-dining restaurant - compliments to all involved! Each course was well presented and articulately described with relevance to the Valencian traditions and history. The sunset views of the city were incredible and the whole experience was unforgettable for me, my fiancée and my parents! Would highly recommend!

Simply put, this tour was worth every penny.

I’m not big on tours but this one was amazing. Eduardo was great. He didn’t talk too much and didn’t withheld information either. It was a great balance between providing history behind the architectures and allowing you to enjoy the scenery. Food was amazing, the wine tasty, the only thing Eduardo can’t do well is take pictures, lol. I definitely recommend this tour.

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