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

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Prolongacion Paseo Alameda, 48

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Entertainment and Nightlife, Museums, Zoos and Aquariums Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.4scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

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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This is where local Valencians gather to do their shopping, though you'll find the atmosphere a bit different than your local supermarket. One of the oldest food markets in Europe, Mercado Central (Central Market) is adorned with Valencian-style mosaics and filled with Valencians purchasing local foods from trusted vendors. Open Monday through Saturday, the Mercado Central is open early morning through early afternoon.

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