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

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: Complete Tuk-Tuk Tour Around the City

3. 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 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.

Valencia: Principe Felipe Science Museum Entry Ticket

5. 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.

City of Arts & Sciences Tour with Rooftop Wine & Tapas

6. 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 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: 3-Hour City Bike Tour

8. Valencia: 3-Hour City Bike Tour

Leaving directly from the tour office, your guide will lead you on a ride around the most beautiful places in Valencia. More than 2000 years of history can be discovered in the streets of the old quarter. Starting from the historic "Barrio del Carmen" district, visit Plaza de la Virgen, an old square that dates back to the Roman times and Plaza de la Reina, where you can see both the cathedral and the Tower of Miguelete.   Continue to Central Market, Spain’s largest fresh food market which opened in 1928. Close to the market discover La Lonja de la Seda, originally used for silk trading. The last stop is Quart Towers in the city center, a remainder of the old city walls, as well as Torres de Serranos, one of the 12 gates that formed part of the old city wall. After the historic center, visit the greener and more contemporary side of the city. Explore Turia Gardens, the green lung of the city, one of the largest urban parks in Spain. Ride inside the park until you see the City of Arts and Sciences, a huge futuristic educational complex designed by the famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava as a present to his home city. Finally return to the tour operator's office.

Valencia: City of Arts and Sciences Segway Tour

9. 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.

Valencia City of Arts and Sciences Segway Tour

10. 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.

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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