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City of the Arts and Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias)

#3 in Best Things To Do in Valencia

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  • Entertainment and Nightlife, Museums, Zoos and Aquariums Type
  • Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.4
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    4.0
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    4.0
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Open daily, the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (also known as the City of the Arts and Sciences) is a traveler favorite. Built on the Old Turia River, the museum's contemporary architecture (by Santiago Calatrava) shelters the Science Museum, the Hemisfèric (a planetarium and IMAX theater), the Oceanográfico aquarium and the Queen Sofia Palace of the Arts (a performing arts venue), among other attractions.

Most travelers raved about the complex's myriad offerings, and suggest you wear comfortable shoes; the City is so massive, you'll be doing a lot of walking. The City is open daily, though with varying hours depending on the season. You can purchase tickets based on individual attractions, or you can buy a combined ticket. To get there, jump off at the Alameda metro stop or you can take buses #19, 35, 95 and 40.

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One of the oldest food markets in Europe, this building is decorated with Valencian-style mosaics and filled with delicious local foods. Felivet / Wikimedia Commons

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Located on the Old Turia River, this complex has a science museum, performing arts center and aquarium, among other attractions. puroticorico / Flickr

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Malvarrosa is located just minutes from the city center. Manuel M. Vicente / Wikimedia Commons

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