Valencia is a popular sea-side city on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. While the beach is an obvious drawcard for the city, Valencia’s charm is its emblematic combination of the old and new: Traditional Baroque, Gothic and Neo-Classical architecture is contrasted with the ultra-modern City of Arts and Sciences, a massive educational complex designed to symbolise the Space Age.
The city itself has about 800,000 inhabitants, but the total urban area is almost twice that size and the metropolitan area almost three times as big, making it one of the bigger ones in Spain.
Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències: The Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències was designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava and is a series of five buildings in a contemporary style in the dried river bed of the now diverted River Turia. This place is worth walking around by day or night because of its stunning design. There are many buildings dedicated the arts located in the complex including:
El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía (Queen Sofia Palace of the Arts) is an amazing an amazing opera house and cultural centre in the city. There are several different stages that can fit between 400 and 1700 people.
L’Hemisfèric, contains an IMAX theatre, Planetarium and Laserium.
L’Umbracle is a nice walkway and garden area.
El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe (the Museum of Sciences) is a museum dedicated to the sciences. There are exhibits ranging from spy science all the way to biometrics.
L’Oceanogràfic is one of the largest aquariums in Europe with more then 45,000 animals, which include sharks, penguins, dolphins, sea lions, beluga whales and walruses. The park is divided into ten areas that reflect different kinds of habitats.
Beaches: Port Beach, Malvarossa Beach