City of Arts and Science

Designed principally by Santiago Calatrava, the City of Arts and Sciences includes the Prince Felipe Museum of Science,  L'Hemisferic 3D cinema, the Oceanografic aquarium, the Opera House Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, the Umbracle Gardens and the Agora building.

With its impressive avant-garde use of structure and space, Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences is well worth a visit for many of its attractions, one of which is merely to appreciate its architectural value.

See below for descriptions of all City of Arts and Sciences attractions or choose a different type of attraction:


TIP! The Oceanographic aquarium is open at night for those who would like to sleep with sharks or swim with dolphins.

Located at the eastern end of the Turia Riverbed Gardens, The City of Arts and Science is surrounded by attractive walkways and landscaping with water features and lush vegetation. Interwoven ornate roads and shallow lagoons surrounding the buildings, provide great photographic opportunities.

For those wishing to visit the aquarium and museum, we recommend you spend two days, as there is plenty to see.

TIP! For the outdoor or eco-friendly types, why not cycle to the City of Arts and Science, or better still, book our comprehensive bike tour!

How to get there:

Bus: lines 19, 35 and 40.

Metro: Lines 3 (red) and 5 (green) to Alameda. Approximately 15 minute walk from the station.

Train: Catch a train to either Cabanyal or North Station (main station). City buses are available from both stations to the City of Arts and Science.

Bus Station: Cross to the other side of the river and take bus number 95.

Car: Underground parking available at the Umbracle.

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Prince Felipe Science Museum

This great science museum offers interactive exhibitions and activities featuring science, technology and the environment. Covering three floors, the different exhibitions and displays are fun and easy to understand for children.

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Hemisferic building

Valencia Hemisferic

Housing a 3D cinema with a 9,000 plus square foot (900 square metres) concave screen, the spectacular Hemisferic is a must-visit for lovers of both movies and modern architecture.

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Palau de les Arts Opera House

The Palau de les Arts or Reina Sofia Opera House is an impressive landmark in Valencia. Principally an opera house, the Palau also plays host to ballet, jazz and other performing arts.

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Umbracle Gardens

This 4-acre (1.75 hectare) garden is housed within a beautiful structure of floating arches through which you can catch glimpses of the sky and the impressive buildings which form the City of Arts and Sciences.

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Agora Centre

The most recent addition to the family of buildings making up the City of Arts and Sciences, El Agora is a multifunctional building designed to accommodate all types of events ranging from sporting events, concerts and exhibitions to conferences.

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