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City of Arts and Sciences: Our most recommended tours and activities

Valencia: Oceanogràfic Entrance Ticket

1. Valencia: Oceanogràfic Entrance Ticket

Explore the state-of-the-art underwater city of Valencia’s L'Oceanogràfic marine park, located in the astonishing City of Arts and Sciences and designed by Felix Candela in the shape of a water lily. Built on 2 levels, the upper floors feature outdoor exhibitions and are surrounded by a magnificent fresh water 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. Go on a journey through the Mediterranean, global wetlands, temperate and tropical seas, the Antarctic, Arctic, oceans of the world, and even the Red Sea. The Dolphinarium alone contains more than 24 million liters of water, reaching a depth of 10.5 meters. Get to know the behavior of more than 45,000 aquatic creatures from 500 different species, including belugas, walrus, jellyfish, sea lions and sharks. And, when you fancy a break, there’s even an underwater restaurant (not included)!

Valencia: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

2. Valencia: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

Bike through the cozy streets of the old city center of Valencia. Discover a lot of spectacular buildings included the Cathedral of Valencia. Bike towards the Túria river and visit its beautiful garden. Pass by the Palau de la Música (The music palace) 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: Complete Tuk-Tuk Tour Around the City

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

Visit the main historical and cultural points of the city center by tuk-tuk. See the most important modern building in the city, and the impressive harbor in the company of your expert guide. Start your tour at the TourismHub office in Valencia North Station. Get ready to visit historical places such as the old Torres de Quart, the Torres de Serranos, the Museum of Fine Arts or the old Hospital of Valencia, the first mental sanatorium in Europe, now converted into the public library of the city. 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 and the Plaza de Toros. Take advantage of commentary from your expert guide, and enjoy the panoramic views offered by tuk-tuk without the need to get out of the vehicle.

Valencia Bike Tour

5. Valencia Bike Tour

Discover Valencia's streets, squares, monuments and most important historical sites the fun way. Feel the warm sea breeze on your face as you pedal through old and new Valencia and its gardens. Start your tour of Valencia by pedaling downhill to the unique Turia Gardens. Created in a former riverbed, Valencia's garden park stretches for 13 km (8 miles), and winds through the city. The Gardens host a variety of cultural and recreational activities throughout the year. Pedal past the Serranos Towers, a small castle which used to be the former main entrance of the medieval walled city. You will also encounter some of the most important historical buildings in this Spanish city such as the Mercado de Colón, Gardens of the Old Hospital, Pillar Square, and the Quart Towers. You will also pass the old University, the Patriarca Church and the Glorieta Gardens. The tour continues along the former riverbed passing by the Music Hall until you reach the City of Arts & Sciences, the 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 crossing many historic and modern bridges as well as cycling past the Fine Arts Museum.

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

6. 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. 

City of Arts & Sciences Tour with Rooftop Wine & Tapas

7. 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: Private Panoramic Tuk-Tuk Tour

8. 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

Valencia: 2-Hour Guided Evening Bike Tour & Sightseeing

9. Valencia: 2-Hour Guided Evening Bike Tour & Sightseeing

This bike tour takes you within 2-hours through the Highlights of Valencia. You will bike together with one of our professional tour guides. He will take you on a journey through the city of Valencia. He will explain the city and take you on a journey! This tour takes place between 18:00 and 20:00 in the evening. Enjoy the beautiful city of Valencia!

Explore Valencia by Night: 2-Hour Night Bike Tour

10. Explore Valencia by Night: 2-Hour Night Bike Tour

Valencia comes alive at night, and the entire city glows golden illuminated by the evening light. Discover the city by dark on this fun bike 2-hour bike tour. Begin in the heart of Ruzafa then you will go to Valencia's Old Town. Ride by the unusual Cathedral and cross over Plaza Reina, the second square of the three that compose the city's center. Stop to take some photos of the scenery and then head down into the lush Turia Park for a refreshing 20-minute ride through nature. After 20 minutes riding through the gorgeous park, arrive at The City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia. Stop for a break and to take in the spectacular atmosphere of Turia at twilight.

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What people are saying about City of Arts and Sciences

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,068 reviews

We did the grand city tour with Yury and it was absolutely fantastic! I have did a Segway tour in many cities all over the world and this was up there when the best of them. Valencia is a beautiful city and this is the best way to see as much as possible in a short space of time. Our guide Yury was knowledgeable, speaks excellent English and was just lovely. We had a fabulous day!

My daughters were fascinated with the animals, fish, dolphins, rather, with the entire tour and the attention of the young people. Thank you for allowing us to enjoy and know so much beauty. With the help of God and your enormous effort you will get a lot of financial support for your great work, congratulations.

INCREDIBLE, incredible, incredible. There are no words. We were able to see both the historic and newer parts of the city. The food, wine and rooftop view overlooking both the historic and newer parts of the city were beyond words amazing.

Fantastic bike tour by Luisa. Very informative, friendly and chilled out. A brilliant way to see & enjoy Valencia. Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting this wonderful city.

The bike tour was great. Maria was very informative and open to answering questions.