City of Arts and Sciences
The City of Arts and Sciences. We owe to this magnificent futuristic compound designed by architects Santiago Calatrava and Felix Candela the fact that Valencia has become a popular touristic destination. Since the complex was built around 15 years ago, Valencia was placed on the international map and airlane companies and cruise operator included our city in their plans.
The CAC is one of largest and most spectacular scientific and cultural compounds in Europe. There are 3 main attractions to be visited. You can visit the complex from the outside and enjoy the surrounding area and parks or to visit the inside the attractions (which will require at least half a day or more).
- Oceanogràfic: the largest aquarium in Europe and third larguest in the world. It replicates the 7 seas environments and host 500 different species . You will marvel seeing the menacing sharks, watching the playful dolphins and belugas, the amazingly agile walruses, the imposing sea lions, seals, penguins, seabirds and many more species. For further information check the official Oceanogràfic webpage: www.oceanografic.org.
- The Hemisfèric: it is a digital 3D cinema and planetarium with a massive screen of 900 m², the largest in Spain of this kind. You can watch your selected film in your preferred language, most of the lasting around 45 minutes. To check the current documentaries on show please click the following link: Projections at Hemisferic.
- Príncipe Felipe Science Museum: the motto of this attraction is “Forbidden not to touch, not to feel, not to think”, intereactivity is one of its main features. The building contains over 26,000 square metres of exhibitions on current scientific, technical and environmental matters. Its awesome design has made this building a regular presence in diverse advertisement campaigns and futuristic film settings like “Tomorrowland” or “V”. You can access its official webpage by clicking at Principe Felipe Science Museum.
City of Arts and Sciences: opera, music and scenic arts
At the CAC there are some other attractions which also are part of the compound but usually only open to public when some session or event are taking place:
- Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía. Opera house: the perfect venue for opera, zarzuela and ballet shows. This majestic building has become one of the icons of the 21st century Valencia and its unmistakable outline shapes the city´ s skyline. You can find its show programme and other activities at www.lesarts.com/
- The Ágora: this building is a multi-purpose venue which has hosted events like the Valencia Tenis Open, Fashion Shows and others. Currently is not open to the public but you can enjoy the beauty of its surrounding area.
- The Umbracle: this construction is an innovative open garden/shade house with more than 17,000 m2 of exhition area: there you will find a wide array of Mediterranean plants and an esplanade with modern sculptures, named “Paseo del Arte” ( For current exhibitions check webpage: “Paseo del Arte” exhibitions). Not far from it you can find another esplanade with astronomic devices, named the “Astronomy Garden” (check webpage at “Astronomic Garden” attractions).
In the complex you will find bars and restaurants and if you are coming by car there is parking area near the Umbracle.