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Catalonia, Valencia, and the Costa Blanca Sights

Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències

  • Av. Autovía del Saler 7 Map It
  • Valencia
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 03/12/2014

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Designed mainly by native son Santiago Calatrava, this sprawling futuristic complex is the home of Valencia's Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe (Prince Philip Science Museum), L'Hemisfèric (Hemispheric Planetarium), L'Oceanogràfic (Oceanographic Park), and Palau de les Arts (Palace of the Arts). With resplendent buildings resembling combs and crustaceans, the Ciutat is a favorite of architecture buffs and curious kids. The Science Museum

has soaring platforms filled with lasers, holograms, simulators, hands-on experiments, and a swell "zero gravity" exhibition on space exploration. The eye-shaped planetarium projects 3-D virtual voyages on its huge IMAX screen. At l'Oceanogràfic (the work of architect Felix Candela), the largest marine park in Europe, you can take a submarine ride through a coastal marine habitat. Recent additions include an amphitheater, an indoor theater, and a chamber-music hall.

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Av. Autovía del Saler 7, Valencia, 46013, Spain

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Sight Details:

  • Museu de les Ciències €8; L'Oceanogràfic €27.90; L'Hemisfèric €8.80; combination ticket €36.25
  • Museum early Jan.–mid-Apr., Mon.–Thurs. 10–6, Fri.–Sun. 10–7; mid-Apr.–June and early Sept.–Dec., daily 10–7; July–early Sept., daily 10–9. L'Oceanogràfic early Jan.–mid-June and Oct.–Dec., Sun.–Fri. 10–6, Sat. 10–7; mid- to late June and mid- to late Sept., Sun.–Fri. 10–7, Sat. 10–8; early to mid-July and mid- to late Sept., daily 10–8; mid-July–Aug., daily 10–midnight. L'Hemisfèric Sun.–Thurs. 10–8, Fri.–Sat. 10–9, with shows hourly from 11.

Updated 03/12/2014


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