The Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (City of Arts and Sciences) in Valencia is a modern architectural ensemble. This unique neighborhood offers a fusion of science, art and entertainment. A must-visit when visiting Valencia!

The creators of the vision: Calatrava and Candela

The Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències rises majestically to the east of Valencia’s city center. This innovative neighborhood stretches for about two kilometers along the former bed of the Turia River and is surrounded by extensive green spaces. The creation of this modern neighborhood began in the late 1990s. It was the result of a vision aimed at promoting science, art and culture. Architects Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela created a harmonious symbiosis of modern architecture and avant-garde design, for which Valencia has become internationally known.

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A tour of the architectural marvels


The largest marine science and oceanography center in Europe impresses with its futuristic buildings that house various marine ecosystems. Here you can experience exotic marine life up close and learn more about ocean conservation.

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The Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències stands out architecturally – and shapes the cityscape of Valencia Copyright:

This eye-catching, hemispherical building houses an IMAX cinema, planetarium and laserium. Immerse yourself in breathtaking visual worlds, from documentaries to stars to fascinating animations.

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Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe

The Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe in the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències is an exciting highlight for curious visitors. With its interactive exhibits, it makes hands-on learning fun. From life-size dinosaurs to innovative technologies and biological experiments, the museum offers a diverse range of exhibits. Visitors can also explore the Nicholas Copernicus Planet, an impressive sphere with visual projections of space. Another highlight is the Science Park, which allows visitors to discover concepts of physics and biology through play. Whether young or old, the Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe offers education and entertainment in a unique and interactive environment.

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Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia 

This magnificent opera house is an architectural gem. With its stylish facade and avant-garde design, it is an eye-catcher for visitors. Here, guests experience a wide range of productions, from classical operas to contemporary performances that reflect artistic diversity.

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A walk through this extensive garden is like a journey into another world. Impressive sculptures, Mediterranean plants and a breathtaking view of the surrounding architecture await you here. In summer you will find an open air club here.

Free activities at Valencia’s Modern Oasis

Photo expedition

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The Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències contributes impressive photo backdrops, Copyright:

Use the futuristic architecture as a backdrop for memorable photos documenting your trip – the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències is definitely Instagrammable!

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Cycling and picnicking

Turia Park, with its spacious green areas, is perfect for arriving by bike – have a relaxing picnic on the way with a view of the impressive buildings.

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Relaxation by the water

Enjoy the beauty of the man-made lake and the surrounding tranquility while cruising on a boat or simply relaxing on the shore with Vermut or Tinto de Verano.

Artificially created and yet idyllic: The lake in the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències, Copyright:

Overall, Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències is an essential destination for travelers looking for a mix of architecture, science, art and entertainment. This futuristic neighborhood in Valencia offers unique experiences and opportunities for discovery that will surely leave a lasting impression on you.