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.

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

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

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!
Príncipe Felipe Science Museum and Ágora
Umbracle gardens
Umbracle Gardens

1 comment:

  1. We enjoyed the science museum and spent about 3 hours there, even though several of the exhibits were in various states of disrepair. That entire area is very pretty architecturally.