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

Valencia: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

1. 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 Bike Tour

2. 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: Private Panoramic Tuk-Tuk Tour

3. 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 City of Arts and Sciences Segway Tour

4. 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.

Valencia: Complete Tuk-Tuk Tour Around the City

5. 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.

City of Arts and Sciences & Oceanografic 2-Hour Guided Tour

6. City of Arts and Sciences & Oceanografic 2-Hour Guided Tour

Go on a journey into the future at the stunning City of Arts and Sciences complex in Valencia and see exhibits devoted to science and culture in 5 distinct zones. Marvel at the Hemisfèric planetarium, built to resemble a giant eye and featuring translucent glass panels within its walking path. See the climbing plants at the landscaped Umbracle walkway and admire the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía opera house and cultural center. Learn more about the multi-purpose Ágora and look inside the interactive Príncipe Felipe Science Museum. Discover the secrets of the oceans at Europe's largest aquarium as you enter the Oceanografic.

Explore Valencia by Night: 2-Hour Night Bike Tour

7. 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.

City of Arts & Sciences Tour with Rooftop Wine & Tapas

8. 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 choosing the best next place to go to, your guides will be happy to help.

Valencia: Private Tailored Tour

9. 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 museums, such the Museum of Fine Arts or the IVAM, are also available.

Valencia: Grand City Private Segway Tour

10. 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 the tour and this is your unique opportunity to enjoy the beautiful beaches and shores on a Segway. The route passes by some of the most alluring beaches, such as La Malvarrosa, Las Arenas, and El Cabañal as well as the old docks and charming port alike. On this circuit, you pass by La Marina Real Juan Carlos I, the Veles e Vents building, and the clock building.

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 2,068 reviews

Great tour of the city including stops and visits to the central market, silk exchange, quart tower (including climbing to the top), city of arts and sciences, and the archeology museum. Perfect way to see and experience the city, and get a great bike ride in through the turia park. Will probably take the same tour the next time we come to Valencia!

Great way to see the interesting parts of the city. Nice to be in a small group. Guild was very helpful and informative. Short rides between stops. Time was given to explore some areas on foot.

Roberto was an excellent tour guide. This excursion is a great way to familiarize oneself with Valencia! Don’t hesitate to sign up for this tour!

Loved getting off the bike and walking through museums etc. no long lines or over scripted tours. Covered a large area of Valencia

Loved it! Well organised, saw the main sights and the tour guide very informative.