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City of Arts and Sciences

Watch an opera performance, visit an interactive science museum and spot 500 species of marine life at this multipurpose cultural and entertainment complex.

The City of Arts and Sciences is a multipurpose cultural and entertainment complex. Discover over 500 marine species, enjoy opera performances, enjoy interactive science and technology exhibits and watch 3-D movies. This complex of six venues stretches along 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) of Valencia’s Turía Gardens and is a showcase of the city’s modern architecture.

Start your visit at the Hemisfèric, where you can watch 3-D movies and digital animations on a domed IMAX cinema screen. The building’s semi-spherical shape together with its reflection in a lake creates the impression of a gigantic eye. 

Go to the Science Museum to learn while you play with the interactive exhibits. See the re-creation of an ant’s nest, examine the 49-foot (15-meter) sculpture of a DNA molecule and be part of a TV show recording.

Don’t miss the Oceanogràfic, which is Spain’s largest aquarium. The aquarium is divided into areas representing an individual aquatic ecosystem, including Antarctica, the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. Watch sharks and rays from an underwater tunnel, spot penguins and sea lions, and enjoy dolphin shows. There’s even an underwater restaurant. 

Admire the architecture of the complex from the Umbracle. This free walkway and vantage point is also home to outdoor art exhibitions and a botanical-style garden. Visit the complex’s official website for a schedule of events at the Ágora, such as tennis tournaments, conventions and concerts. Take a guided tour of the Palau de les Arts opera house or enjoy an opera or classical music performance in one of its four exhibition halls.

The City of Arts and Sciences complex is a 15-minute drive from Valencia’s Old Town. There is on-site car parking available for a fee. Public transportation, such as the bus and metro, stops close to the complex’s main entrance. Alternatively, it’s a 45-minute walk from the Old Town, via Turía Gardens. 

The complex is open daily. Check its official website for the opening times and admission fees of each venue. Allow a whole day to visit the entire complex. Alternatively, purchase a multi-day ticket and spread your visit over two to three days.

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Hotel Primus Valencia CA $104
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Hotel Primus Valencia

Calle Menorca 22, Valencia, Valencia
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Camins al Grau, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aqua Shopping Center and City of Arts and Sciences. Oceanografic Aquarium and Prince Felipe Museum of Sciences are also within 15 minutes. Maritim-Serreria Station is 14 minutes by foot and Ayora Station is 14 minutes.

    NH Valencia Las Artes CA $110
    NH Valencia Las Artes

    NH Valencia Las Artes

    Avda Instituto Obrero de Valencia 28, Valencia, Valencia
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Quatre Carreres, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of City of Arts and Sciences and Prince Felipe Museum of Sciences. Oceanografic Aquarium and Gulliver Park are also within 15 minutes. Amistat Station is 22 minutes by foot and Ayora Station is 26 minutes.

      Hotel Valencia Oceanic Managed by Melia Hotels International CA $104
      Hotel Valencia Oceanic Managed by Melia Hotels International

      Hotel Valencia Oceanic Managed by Melia Hotels International

      C/ Pintor Maella, 35, Valencia, Valencia
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Camins al Grau, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aqua Shopping Center, City of Arts and Sciences and Prince Felipe Museum of Sciences. Oceanografic Aquarium and Gulliver Park are also within 1 mile (2 km). Ayora Station is 14 minutes by foot and Maritim-Serreria Station is 17 minutes.

        Hotel Valencia Alameda 41 CA $125
        Hotel Valencia Alameda 41

        Hotel Valencia Alameda 41

        Paseo de la Alameda 41, Valencia, Valencia
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Camins al Grau, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hemisferic, City of Arts and Sciences and Prince Felipe Museum of Sciences. Oceanografic Aquarium and Gulliver Park are also within 15 minutes. Ayora Station is 18 minutes by foot and Amistat Station is 19 minutes.

          Opera House Valencia B&B
          Opera House Valencia B&B

          Opera House Valencia B&B

          Calle Enrique Viedma Vidal, 2, Valencia, Valencia
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Camins al Grau, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Turia Gardens and Gulliver Park. City of Arts and Sciences and Prince Felipe Museum of Sciences are also within 15 minutes. Amistat Station is 16 minutes by foot and Aragon Station is 16 minutes.

            Hotel Silken Puerta de Valencia CA $92
            Hotel Silken Puerta de Valencia

            Hotel Silken Puerta de Valencia

            Avenida Cardenal Benlloch 28, Valencia, Valencia
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Valencia City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Turia Gardens and Gulliver Park. City of Arts and Sciences and Mestalla Stadium are also within 1 mile (2 km). Aragon Station is 8 minutes by foot and Amistat Station is 10 minutes.

              Hotel Medium Valencia CA $93
              Hotel Medium Valencia

              Hotel Medium Valencia

              Avda. d'Amado Granell Mesado, 48, Valencia, Valencia
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Quatre Carreres, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fallas Museum and City of Arts and Sciences. Oceanografic Aquarium and Gulliver Park are also within 1 mile (2 km). Xativa Station is 24 minutes by foot and Valencia North Station is 25 minutes.

                Barcelo Valencia Hotel CA $99
                Barcelo Valencia Hotel

                Barcelo Valencia Hotel

                Avenida Francia 11, Valencia, Valencia
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Camins al Grau, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hemisferic and Aqua Shopping Center. Palau de la Musica and Oceanografic Aquarium are also within 1 mi (2 km). Amistat Station is 16 minutes by foot and Ayora Station is 18 minutes.