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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)!

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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.

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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.

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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 touch! Treat yourself to this amazing sensory experience, a must for your visit to Valencia's City of Arts and Science. 

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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.

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Valencia Bike Tour

6. 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.

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

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Valencia: City Bike Tour

8. Valencia: City Bike Tour

Your tour begins at the shop near the port of Valencia. Here, you will be met by a qualified guide and get your bike, helmet, and drinks as required. The guide will brief you about safety guidelines in the city before your ride begins. From the shop, you will ride up to the City of Arts and Sciences to discover the remarkable architecture of Santiago Calatrava. Learn about one of Valencia's most important attractions. From here, you will ride through the Turia park, which was once a riverbed to the medieval Serranos Towers. Entering the city through the towers, you will learn about the main attractions in the center. You will visit the Cathedral, the Almudin, the central market, and the silk exchange. Pass by some amazing buildings in Valencia's historical winding streets. En route back to the shop, you will visit a beautiful converted art nouveau market. When you return to the port area, enjoy a complimentary drink at the shop.

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Valencia: Grand City Private Segway Tour

9. 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.

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

10. 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.

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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 4,028 reviews

This is one of the best tours. A great way to start a trip in Valencia. The information given on the City of Arts & Sciences was very informative. The food and wine was the best. As for the view you get when enjoying your food and wine pairing, it could not have been better. Worth every penny on this tour. Thanks!!

Wonderful way to tour the city. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. We got to get off the tuk tuk to walk and explore in a few places, which was nice - a good mixture of driving and walking. I liked how it was open air and a small private tour for our family of four.

Great guide, very well organized and time measured tour part. Amazing food and wines and absolutely incomparable view of the city and the magic of the sunset over the sea. I do highly recommend this tour!

Great aquarium, nice dolphin show, impressive exhibits. It was a nice way to spend Christmas day. We especially liked the shark tunnel, where sharks and rays swim above you.

Our guide Inga was great. The visit to the 33rd floor for tapas and wine was very enjoyable, although I believe the experience was overpriced.