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Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències

  • Av. del Profesor López Piñero 7 Map It
  • Valencia
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

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-shape 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. Other attractions include an amphitheater, an indoor theater, and a chamber-music hall.

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Av. del Profesor López Piñero 7, Valencia, Valencia, 46013, Spain

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  • Museu de les Ciències €8, L'Oceanogràfic €27.90, L'Hemisfèric €8.80; combination ticket €36.25

Published 08/18/2015


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Mar 28, 2016

The Best Innovative City Ever!

Valencia is the best innovative city ever! The beautiful architecture done by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela took my breath away. The mixture of tropical plants and out-of-space buildings is mesmerizing. I spent more than 3 hours at the Aquarium in the City of Arts and Sciences. I'd love to go to an Opera performance at the Opera House in this complex.

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