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Valencia: Oceanogràfic Entry Ticket

1. Valencia: Oceanogràfic Entry Ticket

Located in the City of Arts and Sciences complex, Oceanogràfic features species from many of the world's key marine ecosystems. Immerse yourself in this unique marine world and travel through the longest underwater tunnel in Europe, visit a family of beluga whales, and come face to face with sharks. Built on 2 levels, the upper floors feature outdoor exhibitions and are surrounded by a magnificent freshwater lake inhabited by pelicans, cormorants, and flamingos. On the lower level, you will find the largest aquariums in Europe, containing representatives of the world’s main marine ecosystems. Discover the Mediterranean, Antarctic, Arctic, Red Sea, and much more. You can meet more than 45,000 aquatic creatures from 500 different species, including belugas, walruses, jellyfish, sea lions, and sharks. When you fancy a break, just head to the underwater restaurant.

Valencia: City Highlights Guided Bike Tour

2. Valencia: City Highlights Guided Bike Tour

Bike through the cozy streets of the old city center of Valencia with a local guide. Discover spectacular buildings including the Cathedral of Valencia. You can choose a 2 or 3-hour group bike tour or opt for a private 3-hour tour and customize the tour to see your preferred location in Valencia. Bike towards the Túria river and visit its beautiful garden. Pass by the Palau de la Música and the gigantic playground of Gulliver out of the book Gulliver travels. In the last part of the tour, explore the City of Arts and Sciences. Spot the famous modernistic buildings of the architect Santiago Calatrava before returning to the city center.

Valencia: Principe Felipe Science Museum Entry Ticket

3. Valencia: Principe Felipe Science Museum Entry Ticket

Learn about science and space in an interactive, informative and entertaining way with full-day admission to the Principe Felipe Science Museum in Valencia’s ground-breaking City of Arts and Sciences. The building was designed by Santiago Calatrava in the form of a whale’s skeleton and is designed to bring science and technology closer to the public in an amusing way. Its motto is, "Forbidden not to touch, not to feel, and not to think." Among the exhibitions you are invited to touch, feel and think about are the Electricity Theatre. In front of an auditorium, with seating for up to 50 people, your hair will literally stand on end as a slightly crazy inventor demonstrates the physical principles of electricity Explore more than 40,000 square meters of the Principe Felipe Science Museum’s galleries, and learn more about concepts such as climate change, surveillance technology and biometrics, all in easy-to-understand language.

Valencia Bike Tour

4. Valencia Bike Tour

Discover Valencia's streets, squares, monuments and most important historical sites in less time on a guided bike tour. Combine the old with the new as you cruise past historical buildings like the Quart Towers and new ones like the City of Arts & Sciences.  Meet your guide and get set up with your bike. Start your tour of Valencia by pedaling downhill to the unique Turia Gardens which were created in a former riverbed and stretch for 13 kilometers through the city.  Cycle past the Serranos Towers, a small castle which used to be the former main entrance of the medieval walled city. Cruise past important historical buildingslike the Mercado de Colón, Gardens of the Old Hospital, Pillar Square, and the Quart Towers.  Soak up the atmosphere as you glide by the old university, the Patriarca Church and the Glorieta Gardens. Continue along the former riverbed passing by the Music Hall until you reach the City of Arts & Sciences. Admire this new landmark of Valencia, known for its futuristic white architecture designed by world-acclaimed architect Santiago Calatrava. From here you will head back to the starting point following the riverbed and riding past the Fine Arts Museum.

City of Arts & Sciences Tour with Rooftop Wine & Tapas

5. 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: Complete Tuk-Tuk Tour Around the City

6. Valencia: Complete Tuk-Tuk Tour Around the City

Visit the main historical and cultural points of the city center by tuk-tuk on this guided tour of Valencia. See top city sights like Malvarrosa beach, the harbor, and the Valencian Art Nouveau Colón Market.   Start at the Tourism Hub office at the Valencia North Station. Pass by historical places such as the old Torres de Quart, the Torres de Serranos, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the old Hospital of Valencia, a library that was once the first mental sanatorium in Europe.  Explore the modern port of Valencia, La Marina Real, and stroll along the extensive Malvarrosa beach. Discover the avant-garde and artistic character of Valencia at the City of Arts and Sciences.  See the Oceanogràfic, the largest aquarium in Europe, the Museum of Sciences, the Hemispheric, and the Reina Sofía Palace of the Arts. Follow the old Turia riverbed, and see sights like the Ciutat Vella, Mercado de Colón, the Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas. Drive by the famed Plaza de Toros. Take advantage of commentary from your guide and enjoy the unobstructed views offered by tuk-tuk without the need to getting out of the vehicle.

Valencia City of Arts & Science: 3D Film at Hemisfèric

7. Valencia City of Arts & Science: 3D Film at Hemisfèric

Inaugurated in 1998, the Hemisfèric 3D theatre was the first building in Valencia's amazing City of Arts and Sciences to open its doors to the public. The theatre features truly spectacular construction designed by renowned Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, with an oval roof over 100 meters long that covers the immense sphere of the modern projection room. This unique building is the largest theatre hall in Spain, housing two projection systems on a concave screen covering a surface area of 900 square meters. Experience an amazing 3D film inside the Hemisfèric's IMAX dome, featuring breathtaking digital projections, fascinating animations, and top-quality entertainment. The IMAX films last from 45 to 50 minutes, depending on the show, and will transport you right into the center of a new world. See animations as if they were right in front of you, moving objects that you can touch! Treat yourself to this amazing sensory experience, a must for your visit to Valencia's City of Arts and Science. 

Valencia: City of Arts and Sciences Segway Tour

8. Valencia: City of Arts and Sciences Segway Tour

Begin your Segway tour from the Serrano Gates after meeting with your group and guide. Used to defend invaders at the end of the 14th century, the Serrano Gates are some of the oldest in the city. Ride on down to Turia Park. This spacious park is known as the "lungs" of Valencia because it’s numerous green spaces represent the entire wealth of Mediterranean flora. It’s one of the largest parks in Spain and stretches all the way from Bioparc to the City of Arts and Sciences. Make your way through the park and reach Santiago Calatrava, one of Valencia’s must-see attractions. This glorious futuristic architecture project is dedicated to scientific and cultural achievement. It’s six edifices have become a symbol for the great city of Valencia. Explore the monument and admire its eloquent forms and the channels of crystal clear water that surround it.

Andalusia and Barcelona 7-Day Package Tour From Madrid

9. Andalusia and Barcelona 7-Day Package Tour From Madrid

Experience the diverse cultures of Spain on a 7-day tour of several distinct areas, and learn about the influence of the Moors in Seville, Granada and Cordoba. Discover the vibrant coastal resorts of Valencia and Barcelona, driving through mountains and along the magnificent Mediterranean coast along the way. Day 1: Madrid - Cordoba – Sevilla Depart Madrid, and drive by comfortable air-conditioned coach through the magnificent countryside of La Mancha to Cordoba. Spend some time exploring the city’s famous mosque and Jewish Quarter, before continuing for dinner and an overnight stay at the 4-star Hesperia Sevilla in the lovely Andalusian city of Seville. Day 2: Seville This morning a local guide will lead you on a tour of Andalusia’s most vibrant city to experience the sounds and sights of the radiant park of Maria Luisa, the mosaic walls of the Plaza de Espana, and the world’s largest Gothic cathedral at Seville Cathedral. Take in a typical Santa Cruz barrio, then enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Day 3: Seville - Granada After breakfast, depart for Granada, and visit the incredible Alhambra on arrival. Wander among the beautiful Nazari Palaces and monuments of the Generalife, and discover the best expression of Islamic art in Spain. The former palace and harem of the Moorish rulers contains sections that date back to the 9th century. An optional visit to the Sacromonte caves is available, as well as the chance to attend a typical flamenco show. Check in to the 4-star Meliá Granada Hotel for your overnight stay. Day 4: Granada - Valencia Depart Granada after breakfast and travel through the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Admire views of the beautiful towns of Guadix, Baza, and Puerto Lumbreras en route to the Mediterranean resort of Valencia. Upon arrival, check in to the 4-star Silken Puerta Valencia or Tryp Oceanic Hotel. Day 5: Valencia - Barcelona Explore one of the liveliest cities in Spain, with free time at leisure to discover Valencia’s mix of old and new. Go to the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences to see the dramatic buildings of Santiago Calatrava, or wander the historic streets of the Old Town. Depart for Barcelona mid-morning, and drive up the coast of the Balearic Sea. Check in to the 4-star NH Constanza Hotel on arrival. Day 6: Barcelona After breakfast, enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Barcelona’s historic neighborhoods. Go to Montjuic Park to visit the Olympic stadium, and enjoy panoramic views of the city below. Take in the monument to Christopher Columbus in the old port, and stroll the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter. The afternoon is free to explore at leisure. Visit some of the Gaudi buildings of L’Eixample, such as the unfinished Sagrada Familia, or the ornate apartments of Passeig de Gracia. An optional night tour will take you down some of the city’s wide avenues to see fountains and monuments floodlit for the evening. Day 7: Barcelona - Zaragoza - Madrid Leave Barcelona, and drive throught the diverse Aragon landscape en route to Zaragoza. Enjoy some free time to explore sights such as the cathedral and Aljaferia Palace at your own pace, and discover an extraordinary mix of Islamic, Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Continue to Madrid for the end of your tour services.

Valencia: Private Panoramic Tuk-Tuk Tour

10. Valencia: Private Panoramic Tuk-Tuk Tour

Enjoy a personalized tour through the city of Valencia. Your private tuk-tuk tour and guide will adapt to your needs, attending to the pickup point and time from anywhere in the city of Valencia. If you prefer, the guide can recommend a suitable itinerary to your personal tastes when making the tour. Recommended spots to see on the tour are: Estación del Norte, Biblioteca Publica Valencia, Torres de Quart, IVAM, Torres Serrano, San Pio V, Puerta del Mar, Mestalla, Palau de la música, Edificio del Reloj, Tinglados Puerto, Puerto, Playa las Arenas, Ciudad Artes y Ciencias, Oceanografic, Museo Fallero, Mercado Colón, El Parterre, Palacio Marques de dos Aguas, and Plaza de Toros

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What people are saying about City of Arts and Sciences

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4.5 / 5

based on 3,094 reviews

The Oceanografic of Valencia is one of the most beautiful things you can see in Valencia. Beautiful structure, excellent cleaning, hospitality, spaces. The 3D cinema is highly recommended, where you have the opportunity to watch wonderful films about the sea and its inhabitants. In short, if you go to Valencia, you can't miss it!!!!

We really enjoyed the ride around the city. The tour guide was amazing and explained things nicely. I highly recommend to take the tour first before visiting any other places.

Mateo was our guide and he did a wonderful job of showing us Valencia and explaining the history. We got to see all the highlights! It was a perfect way to see the city.

Visita molto bella, il parco oceanografico è organizzato benissimo e si impiegano diverse ore per visitarlo. Consiglio vivamente di andarci!

The guide Jose P was very interesting and friendly