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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 a...

    Costruito in maniera davvero incredibile, non solo per la parte marina, ma anche per la parte terrestre. Ci ho passato l'intero pomeriggio, dalle 12 fino alle 17:30.

  • Valencia: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

    2. Valencia: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

    During the city bike tour, we are going to see the Highlights of Valencia! In the first part, we are going to bike through the cozy streets of the old city center of Valencia. Over there we are going to see a lot of spectacular buildings included the Cathedral of Valencia! After the old city center, we are going to bike towards the old river the Túria. That is known now day as the 9 km long park. We are going to bike through this beautiful garden and we are going to see a lot of spectacular buildings. For example, 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, we are going towards the City of Arts and Sciences. In this part, we find a lot of modernistic buildings of the architect Santiago Calatrava. After the City of Science, we are going to return to the city center again.

    Was a wonderful experience. Our guide, Nani, she was fantastic.. She knows a lot of things about Valencia and she tells you the history of Valencia exactly like an adult that says a fairytale to a kid. Absolutly wonderful! Chapeau !

  • 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 biome...

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

    4. 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 touc...

    Excellent experance . will strongly recommend it to our friends to experance it ,them selves ! Both the Hemisteric & the Museu..the same day.

  • Valencia City of Arts and Sciences Segway Tour

    5. Valencia City of Arts and Sciences Segway Tour

    Explore the amazing City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia by Segway and discover one of the most important cultural and architectural sites in Europe from a different perspective. Benefit from a short training session to feel more comfortable and confident on the personal transporter before you set off. Then, discover the futuristic monuments of a regenerated part of the city. Get a better appreciation of the contemporary architecture, designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Learn how the bed of the Turia River was transformed into beautiful gardens where art and nature blend to offer the best of both worlds. See extraordinary buildings such as the Hemisfèric and the landscaped gardens of the Umbracle. Marvel at how the Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe is shaped like the skeleton of a whale and more.

    Wonderful Segway tour through the park to the city of Arts and Sciences. Such a beautiful place and a wonderful and knowledgeable guide!

  • 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. 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 Vell...

    Tour guide Tomas was excellent. Trip was well organised lots of stops breaks when u liked.

  • 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 you can 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 ch...

    Really great tour. Monty was super nice and really helpful. He even sent us over recommendations for our trip after. Great value for money - lot's of great food and drink.

  • Valencia: Grand City Private Segway Tour

    8. Valencia: Grand City Private Segway Tour

    First, you'll take your Segway to Turia Park. This is one of the most beautiful and largest urban parks not only in Valencia but also in the whole of Spain. Crossed by eighteen bridges that represent the history of the city, the one-time riverbed passes by the major monuments and museums on both banksides. While going through this magnificent park, you can see the unique mixture of vast gardens, sports areas, footpaths, and romantic spots. From the City of Arts and Sciences to Cabecera Park, this is the perfect place for families, cyclists, runners, and enthusiasts. After about half an hour of riding through the park, we will reach The City of Arts and Sciences. This is a huge entertainment-based complex that blends scientific, architectural, and cultural buildings. You will spend about an hour sightseeing here, and then head towards the port. Valencia Seaport is the ending location of...

    If you want to see Valencia in a fun way, the segway tour is perfect. We have had a amazing tour. The guide Evgin made this tour verry nice!

  • Valencia Bike Tour

    9. 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 form...

    doing a bike tour is a fantastic way to see the city - you can cover way more ground vs. walking and more personal with a guide vs. jumping on & off a city bus. there is no way we would have gotten to see as much of the city as we did in about 3 hours. and our guide adelina was terrific - she stopped at all the city highlights and provided great background about the sites. and no e-bike needed as the route is nice & flat.

  • Valencia: Private Tailored Tour

    10. Valencia: Private Tailored Tour

    Explore Valencia on a tailored fully-flexible private tour in the language of your choice. The guide will design the itinerary according to your wishes. This way you can spend more time exploring the sights you are more interested in and avoid wasting time at monuments you wouldn’t normally visit. The tour is aimed at small groups or families, with an optimal maximum number of 10 people. You can create your own itinerary, use an already set tour or even combine a set tour with some ideas of your own. Most popular tours include a visit of the historic center to enjoy the city’s must-see sites, a night-time walk focusing on the least-known side of Valencia or a children’s activity to explore its streets with games. You can also visit the contemporary architecture of the City of Arts and Sciences or bike through the beautiful park on the old riverbed. Guided tours in Valencia’s major mus...

    The Guide was extremely friendly and told us the most important and impressive things about Valencia. She spoke very good german and gave us also good Restaurant and Bar tips as we were the first time in Valencia. The tour was not too long and very exciting. Thanks for this excellent tour. We were a group of 9 ladies for a bachelorette and we really enjoyed this walking tour. Thank you very much.

Planning Your Visit

  • Purchasing tickets

    You can either purchase tickets for the one place you'd like to visit (Hemisfèric €8, Oceanogràfic €27,90, Science Museum €8), or mix and match the sites with a packaged price. You can book all three for €32, which includes a 10% discount when booking online. When selecting the Hemisfèric, you'll need to choose one film session you'd like to watch. You can buy all tickets online for a specific date.

  • Opening hours

    During the medium-high season (April 2 - July 12), the Oceanogràfic opens daily at 10:00 am and closes at 8:00 pm, and until 12 midnight from July 17 - Aug. 31. Closing times are different for low and medium seasons. During the high season (July 1 - Sept. 6) the Science Museum opens daily from 10:00 am - 9:00 pm. Closing times vary according to the low and medium seasons. To see an IMAX film at the Hemisfèric check listings for show times.

  • Tour of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia

    Tours take place on weekends and bank holidays and are subject to a minimum number of bookings per tour. The cost is €8, and you can purchase a ticket in advance online by 1:30 pm on the Friday before the weekend at the latest.

  • How to get there

    The City of the Arts and Sciences is fairly close to Valencia's center. Take metro lines 1 or 5 to Alameda station; it's a 15-minute walk from there. City bus lines 1, 13, 14, 15, 19, 35, 40, and 95 go directly to the City.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    General hours: 10:00AM - 7:00PM daily
  • Is it expensive?
    If purchased at the ticket office, a combined entry pass will cost 36 euros. It's worth your while to book online for a discounted price.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It's easy enough to get around and explore yourself, but if you want to know more about the park and its curious architecture, there are numerous guided tours available. For the physically ambitious, there is a running tour!
  • How to get there
    Take the metro to Alameda station or hop on a bus.
  • Additional information
    There's so much to see, you might want to split this excursion into 2 days!

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What people are saying about City of Arts and Sciences

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 3,305 reviews

Was a wonderful experience. Our guide, Nani, she was fantastic.. She knows a lot of things about Valencia and she tells you the history of Valencia exactly like an adult that says a fairytale to a kid. Absolutly wonderful! Chapeau !

Beautiful experience to tour the city by bike. Yours is complete and very interesting, It illustrates the curiosities and the main things of the city where you can return calmly. Highly recommended. The guide was very good, top

Costruito in maniera davvero incredibile, non solo per la parte marina, ma anche per la parte terrestre. Ci ho passato l'intero pomeriggio, dalle 12 fino alle 17:30.

Brilliant tour by Trinny, she brought us everywhere, highly recommended

It was a nice tour that provided a good overview of the city