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Hemisfèric: Our most recommended tours and activities

Valencia: Oceanografic, Hemisferic & Science Museum Combos

1. Valencia: Oceanografic, Hemisferic & Science Museum Combos

Decide which attraction of the City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia you want to visit with the different combo options offered. You can visit the 3 main attractions: the, Oceanografic, the Hemisferic & Science Museum or pick just the two that you prefer (make sure you select the right option when finalizing your booking). View over 500 species of marine animals in the L'Oceanogràfic which was designed by Felix Candela in the shape of a water lily. Explore exhibits displaying the aquatic environments of the Arctic, Red Sea and more. Have the chance to purchase a meal at an underwater restaurant.  Head to the upper floors for outdoor exhibitions and are surrounded by a magnificent freshwater lake inhabited by pelicans, cormorants, and flamingos. On the lower level, find marine life from the world's main marine ecosystems. See belugas, walrus, jellyfish, sea lions, and sharks.  Touch, feel, and think about a range of scientific theories at the interactive Príncipe Felipe Science Museum. Let your hair stand on end as a slightly eccentric inventor demonstrates the physical principles of electricity in front of an auditorium with seating for up to 50 people. The Hemisfèric Cinema was inaugurated in 1998 and was the first building in the City of Arts and Sciences to open its doors to the public. Admire the spectacular construction designed by Santiago Calatrava at the Hemisfèric Cinema. Be amazed by its ovoid roof that is over 100 meters long and contains the large sphere that constitutes a 3D projection room. Choose to watch a film among a catalog that contains films from documentaries to works for children.

Valencia: City of Arts and Science 3D Movie at Hemisfèric

2. Valencia: City of Arts and Science 3D Movie at Hemisfèric

Enjoy a show of animation and projection at Valencia's Hemisfèric Theatre's IMAX Dome, discover the building's fascinating design, and experience a 3D show with this entry ticket. Enter the theater, the first in Valencia's City of Arts and Sciences to open its doors to the public. Admire the theater's spectacular construction, designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava. Look up to see the long oval roof that covers the immense sphere of the modern projection room. Experience an immersive 3D movie inside the Hemisfèric's IMAX dome, featuring breathtaking digital projections, fascinating animations, and top-quality entertainment. For 45 to 50 minutes, depending on the show, be transported right into the center of a new world. See animations as if they were right in front of you and feel as though you can reach out and touch the moving objects in the movie.

City of Arts & Sciences Tour with Rooftop Wine & Tapas

3. City of Arts & Sciences Tour with Rooftop Wine & Tapas

On your visit to Valencia, get to know one of the city's most popular attractions and then immerse yourself in an exquisite and original gastronomic experience.  This 4-hour tour starts with a guided visit of the City of Arts and Sciences, a complex of buildings composed of an opera house, a museum, a cinema, a planetarium, and more. The tour is a rich architectural and cultural experience and will be shared by a group limited to 12 people so that it's as personable as possible. Following the tour, you'll head to the rooftop to see panoramic views of Valencia.  Here, indulge in a selection of prize-winning wines and locally-sourced tapas, accompanied by a spectacular 270º view of Valencia’s city skyline and the City of Arts and Sciences complex itself. When the tour ends, your driver can take you to the next place in the city you would like to explore. If you need any help with choosing the best next place to go to, your guides will be happy to help.

Valencia: Professional photoshoot at City of Arts & Sciences

4. Valencia: Professional photoshoot at City of Arts & Sciences

With its avant-garde buildings and fascinating offerings, this cultural and architectural complex is going to be the highlight of your trip. From the iconic L'Hemisfèric’s planetarium and laserium to the breathtaking Oceanogràfic, Europe's largest aquarium, there's something here to captivate everyone. Your photographer will meet you at the location and skilfully guide you through the photoshoot, using their local knowledge and capturing photos that beautifully reflect your unique experience. After the photoshoot, you will receive your edited photos in a digital gallery link within 48 hours directly to your phone or email. Whether you’re travelling solo or with family and friends, our photographers will help you keep your memories forever etched in your heart and mind. Book your photoshoot now to make sure you savour every detail to the fullest!

Valencia: Private City Tour on Bicycle, E-Bike or E-Step

5. Valencia: Private City Tour on Bicycle, E-Bike or E-Step

Discover the historic treasures and modern marvels of Valencia on a bike tour with a local guide. Pedal past the city’s most iconic attractions, from an ancient Roman square to Turia Gardens, all the way to the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences complex.  Start the tour from the old city of Valencia, biking through its narrow winding streets. Pass by landmarks like Plaza de la Virgen, the Serranos Gate, the Mercado Central, the Valencia Cathedral, the Plaza de la Reina, the Valencia City Hall, or the Marués de Dos Aguas Palace. After enjoying the hustle and bustle of the old city, continue on your bike through the Turia River, the riverbed that has been dried out by the government and is now a park. Follow the bike path and see the many exotic trees that grow in this 5-mile green area. Finally, head to the end of Turia Gardens, toward the cultural and architectural complex of the City of Arts and Sciences. Admire 6 different architectural gems on this bike route. See the opera house and performing arts center, the Queen Sofia Palace of Arts, the Hemisfèric IMAX theater, the Umbracle, a walkway, and a garden. Marvel at the futuristic exteriors of the Museu de les Ciènces Principe Felipe and the Oceanografic.

Valencia: City of Arts & Sciences Private Guided Bike Tour

6. Valencia: City of Arts & Sciences Private Guided Bike Tour

First of all, we will begin our Bike tour from the Serranos Gates – ancient gothic gates that used to be a part of the city wall to protect Valencia from the invaders, where your guide will explain to you the history of this amazing landmark of Valencia. After that, you will stroll down to “the lungs” of the city – the Turia Park. It is located in what used to be the famousTuria River, which passed through the entire city. Today, the Turia park is one of the biggest urban parks in Spain due to the numerous green spaces representing the entire wealth of the Mediterranean flora. With more than nine kilometers with play areas, sport fields and romantic corners where you can relax and hide from the heat. It is an ideal route to do it on bike. Before we reach our main goal – The City of Arts and Sciences Valencia, we will stop at the famous Music Palace of Valencia. This Palace is one of thе most emblematic constructions of the Turia Parkcapital and one of the most important musical centers in Europe. If you are into classical music, we advise you to book a concert ticket in advance. Next stop in your adventure is by the Gulliver Park, a giant and impressive playground for children and also for adults who like to slide down on Gulliver the giant and pretend to be part of the Lilliputians, so they turn out to be the characters of Swift’s story! Finally, you will reach your destination, one of “must see” things in Valencia. Through the Turia Garden, you will get to the glorious futuristic architecture project of Santiago Calatrava. It is a charming complex dedicated to scientific and cultural achievements, consisting of six buildings. Each one is truly unique and therefore all the complex of the City of Arts and Sciences became a symbol of the city. We have here L’Oceanogràfic – the biggest aquarium in Europe and a unique space in the city of arts & sciences Valencia. Next object is The Hemisfèric theatre where astonishing digital projections are taking place. Príncipe Felipe Science Museum is like the city of science in Valencia. There are plenty of interactive exhibitions during which the visitors can conduct experiments and take an active part, ask questions, and learn a lot about science.. The Palace of the Arts Reina Sofia, the helmet-shaped building, is dedicated to hold the main opera shows in the city. We can also see there the big botanic garden «Umbracle» landscape pavilion; and finally we have theÁgora (where tennis matches and various concerts are organized). This complex is very impressive not only because of its huge dimensions but also for its eloquent forms and channels of crystal water that surrounds it. Pelican Bike will be happy to be your guide in this adventure in Valencia, ask us more about this tour. If you wish to stay longer in one place, just tell your guide and we can customize the tour according to your needs.

Valencia: Private 4-Hour Shore Excursion

7. Valencia: Private 4-Hour Shore Excursion

Enjoy a private 4-hour shore excursion of Valencia, tailored and organized to your personal preferences. The tour covers the 2 most important areas of the city, and can be adjusted by schedule, duration, and/or activities. The main highlights include Santiago Calatrava’s stunning architecture in the City of Arts and Sciences (Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències), built on reclaimed land from the former riverbed of the River Turia. Inaugurated in 1998, the project’s completion catapulted Valencia onto the world stage, for its avant garde constructions, such as the L'Hemisfèric, wave-like L'Oceanogràfic, and covered plaza and sporting venue of the L'Àgora. By contrast, the sights in Valencia’s medieval heart reveal a city of antique charm. The unusual Cathedral contains Moorish elements, while the neighboring Basílica is Gothic in form. Discover the heart of the original city at the Plaza de la Virgen, and marvel at the circular Plaza Redonda. You can also explore the Central Market, with the opportunity to taste local produce, and see the old silk exchange market of La Lonja, and the Serrano Towers, part of the old city walls.

Valencia: Private Half-Day Tour by Car

8. Valencia: Private Half-Day Tour by Car

Discover every corner of the Valencian capital and live an unforgettable private experience. You will get to know both the historical and most modern areas with the convenience of a luxury vehicle with chauffeur at your disposal, and the company of a private guide who will give you the most relevant information about each point of interest you visit. You will explore the architectural heritage of Valencia, where you will appreciate the ancient remains left by the Roman Empire. Also, you will discover the contemporary works and the most striking buildings of the city that is known as the cradle of the Spanish paella. You can arrange with the guide the meeting point in a central point of the city, so that you will be as comfortable as possible during the whole excursion. Points of interest Plaza de la Virgen According to historians, this is where the construction of the city began. Around it are located some of the most iconic buildings of the city, such as the Cathedral of Valencia, the Palace of the Generalitat and the Church of the Virgen de los Desamparados. In this square is celebrated a millenary tradition: the Tribunal of the waters. In addition, every year the Plaza de la Virgen is the site of the well-known festival of Las Fallas, which has been recognized by UNESCO as a Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The Church of St. Nicholas of Bari The most striking feature of this church are the frescoes that adorn its ceilings, which were painted by the Valencia-born baroque artist Dionís Vidal. The building has a strong gothic influence that blends very well with baroque art. Its construction began by the Romans, but the various conquests throughout history gave it many Muslim and Catholic features. You will be able to admire this imposing construction up close. The Cathedral of Valencia A must on this tour. You will get to the site of the "Holy Chalice" and you will also discover the "Miguelete" bell tower. It houses a large collection of pieces of art and various historical Christian treasures worth admiring. The City of Arts and Sciences Designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava, it is a complex of buildings that make up an architectural work of great value and is an unmistakable icon of the capital. You will arrive in a taxi (included in the price). In its incredible facade where you will find the buildings of the Oceanogràfic, the Museu de les Ciències, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, or the Hemisfèric. In addition to all this, your official guide will be available to take you to other points of interest, such as: ● Malvarrosa beach ● Valencia’s harbor ● Serranos Towers ● La Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange) ● Santa Catalina ● The Central Market of Valencia ● Caballeros Street ● Town Hall Square ● The Plaza Redonda and many more points. It will be 4 intense hours of great excitement for the history and incredible places of Valencia. Everything is designed to make sure you don't miss any iconic site in Valencia.

City of Arts and Sciences Private Bike tour

9. City of Arts and Sciences Private Bike tour

Gear up for an extraordinary and unforgettable bike tour from the old center of the city to the enchanting City of Arts and Sciences! As you set off, pedal through the charming streets of the historic old center, soaking in the rich history and vibrant atmosphere. The adventure truly begins as you enter the scenic Turia Park, a lush green oasis snaking through the heart of the city. Follow the winding paths alongside the tranquil Turia River, passing by picturesque bridges and picturesque landscapes. Marvel at the well-tended gardens, the laughter of families, and the occasional street performer adding a touch of melody to the air. As you continue along the bike path, the futuristic silhouette of the City of Arts and Sciences starts to emerge on the horizon, creating an irresistible allure that beckons you forward. The anticipation builds with every pedal stroke as you draw closer to the architectural wonders that await. With the scent of fresh greenery in the air and the hum of excitement all around, you reach the dazzling Hemisfèric, like a giant eye opening up to the sky. It marks the gateway to this cultural extravaganza and sets the tone for what lies ahead. As you journey through the city, you encounter the awe-inspiring Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe, an iconic structure that entices with its gleaming white façade and promises a journey of scientific exploration like no other. Continuing on, you glide through serene gardens, accompanied by the murmur of flowing water and vibrant shades of surrounding flora. As you approach your destination, the unmistakable silhouette of L'Oceanogràfic rises before you, an architectural marvel that seems to invite you into an underwater wonderland. Finally, you arrive at the grand finale - the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia - an architectural masterpiece that leaves you breathless with its soaring form and artistic vision. Throughout this exhilarating ride, the beauty of the city's surroundings propels you forward on this captivating journey to the future, where the City of Arts and Sciences awaits with open arms. Get ready to embrace a world of wonder, as culture, nature, and modernity converge in perfect harmony!

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What people are saying about Hemisfèric

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 852 reviews

The tour was absolutely fantastic - it was a really special evening with such a lovely group of people. I think the fact that there were only 8 people really added to the experience and our guide Emma was excellent - she made everyone feel welcome and was really knowledgeable about València and also the delicious food and wine. The other thing to mention is that the view from the rooftop is unrivalled - I'd already been in València 2 months when I did the tour and it was amazing to see it from that vantage point. If you're in València I would absolutely recommend going on this tour!

(Solo-traveler) I had a wonderful time exploring the city of arts and sciences. Our host, Dani, was not just guiding us along the tour, but he felt like an old friend! He knows his history and he loves his city! I’m so happy that I decided to take this tour and partake in dinner! (PS the rooftop view is spectacular)

We loved are experience. It was very informative and loved learning about the oddities of the the architect. As for the food and wine, they were amazing. We had a great group of people and wish the night could have continued. Our guide Kate was amazing.

We started with a guided tour of the City of Arts and Sciences with a knowledgeable guide and then had our private wine and tapas tasting on the rooftop where we had an excellent view of the city and the sunset.

This was a spectacular experience. We recommend seeing a show at the Hemisferic.