Few years back I visited The City of Arts and Science, an entertainment-based cultural and architectural complex in the city of Valencia, Spain. I doubt anyone missed when in the city. It is this huge establishment with an architecture that will forever be stuck in your mind.
Designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela, the project started in 1996 and had its last great component added in 2005. The complex is situated along the River Turia. With 2km of white buildings, you can find whatever you want, from cinema, to museum and aquarium (Oceanografic is the biggest aquarium in Europe), opera house, open access gardens, venue for different events, and one grand bridge across the river.
With its avant-garde architecture, The City of Arts and Science makes you feel like you are in a totally different world. It is so impressive that I was not sure where to look first. I was overwhelmed by the design, the details, and the overall organization. So I took a deep breath and started step by step. Don’t think you can take it all in. You have to spend some time in each building to be able to appreciate its greatness.
I am not sure one day is enough for visiting. I would recommend spending two days there. The City is composed by 5 elements. It is free to walk around, but if you want to truly experience its beauty, you have to go inside the buildings. The futurist architecture will take your breath away. Guaranteed!
I recommend speding one day at L’Oceanografic and finishing your night with a 3D movie in L’Hemisferic. And the second day to leave it for the opera house (Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia), the museum ( Museo de Ciences Principe Felipe), and finishing it with a relaxing walk in the gardens (L’Umbracle).
I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.
Photography by Joel Filipe