Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Tourist in My Own City: Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias


One of the things I regret most about my 2 years in Almeria is that I didn't take advantage of the cultural and tourist sites the city has to offer. Which is why I am on a mission to not make the same mistake in my new city. Which is why I have decided to write a series of blog posts about the most famous sites in Valencia.

My first stop was The Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, which is one of, if not the most famous monument in Valencia. The arts and science city is a series of BEAUTIFUL modern buildings designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela. It is a 2 kilometer piece of land on the former bed of the River Turia. It has five main parts: Hemisfèric: which houses an IMAX screen, Umbracle: which has great views of the rest of the park and also lots of trees and plants, Príncipe Felipe Science Museum: an interactive science museum, Oceanográfico: the largest aquarium in Europe and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía: which has opera performances.

I unfortunately have not been able to go inside any of the places yet since I am trying to save some money for my trip to Italy, but I definitely want to visit all of them. However, just walking around the complex is enjoyable and something I do almost every weekend. It’s a beautiful place to take a walk, a bike ride or just bring a book and a picnic to enjoy under a tree.


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View of Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía from the Turia Gardens
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Some of the beautiful landscape


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Hemisfèric or the eyeball building as I like to call it
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Hemisfèric from the entrance. Looks like a bug doesn't it?


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Príncipe Felipe Science Museum
See that arc? If two people stand on each side of it and speak to the wall they can hear each other!
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Príncipe Felipe Science Museum and Ágora
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Umbracle gardens
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Umbracle
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Umbracle Gardens