Cidade das Artes e Ciências (Peris/Valero)
If you’ve ever seen an aerial shot of Valencia, your eyes will have been drawn to the set of buildings to the south of the city that look like something out of a sci-fi movie. Well, that’s the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela. Discover this amazing site by booking your accommodation in Valencia near the City of Arts and Sciences!
The City of Arts and Sciences opened in 1998 and changed the look of the city forever, endowing Valencia with a stunning set of buildings to host conferences, congresses, conventions and sporting and cultural events. So if you’re travelling to Valencia for work or to attend an event there, our apartments in the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia will be absolutely perfect for you. They are located in a quiet, modern residential neighbourhood with wide streets and excellent transport connections, as well as plenty of shops and restaurants for all tastes.
The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia is located within the Jardín del Turia, a park laid out along the former river bed of the River Turia, which flowed through the city until the middle of the 20th century, before being diverted. In the 1980s and 1990s, one of the largest public gardens in Spain was created there, and locals now do a number of sports there, including football, volleyball, athletics and cycling. Why not hire a bike and cycle along the length of the park as far as the lovely Parque de Cabecera! There you’ll find the Bioparc, a modern open-air zoo that’s perfect for enjoying nature with family or friends without ever leaving the city. Along the way, you can see other emblematic buildings in Valencia, including the Palau de la Música and Parque del Gulliver, a great space for kids to play in its maze and legendary skate park. Check it out and have a great time in the best accommodation in the centre of Valencia!
The huge complex of the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia comprises a set of impressive buildings, including the Palacio de las Artes Reina Sofía, Hemisfèric, Museo de las Ciencias Príncipe Felipe, Umbracle, Oceanogràfic and Ágora, all designed by Santiago Calatrava, the architect of 21st-century Valencia.
The Palacio de las Artes Reina Sofía looms out like a giant cruise ship or spaceship, depending on how you look at it. It serves as a concert hall for music and the performing arts and contains the Opera House and a range of halls where you can attend traditional zarzuela and flamenco concerts, for example.
The Hemisfèric, which looks like an eye floating on water, is home to a 3D planetarium and IMAX cinema that screens a wide range of films and documentaries. Make sure to check it out if you visit the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia as a family. And then head over to the Museo de las Ciencias Príncipe Felipe, an interactive science museum that’s great fun for kids. They can touch displays and do all kinds of experiments on the evolution of life and the technological revolution. Don’t miss it!
If you book accommodation in the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, we also recommend you stop for a refreshing drink and something to eat in the shady terraces near the Umbracle, with its large white arches, like a giant ribcage, spanning a long garden with native vegetation from the area. It also includes an amazing selection of sculptures by international artists, such as Yoko Ono, Manolo Valdés, Jaume Serra and Miquel Navarro, among others.
To get to the Oceanogràfic, you’ll pass by Santiago Calatrava’s famous Puente de l'Assut de l'Or, a remarkable single-pylon cable-stayed bridge. Next you’ll pass by the Ágora, a huge covered square that has hosted the prestigious ATP Tour 500 tennis tournament. Make sure you visit the 110,000 m2 Oceanogràfic, the largest aquarium in Europe, home to hundreds of species, including dolphins, sea lions, seals, penguins and sharks. Enjoy the magic of sea life with the best accommodation near the Oceanogràfic in Valencia!
If you want a really special experience, finish your visit to the City of Arts and Sciences with a meal at the Restaurante Submarino at the Oceanogràfic, where you can savour the best Valencian cuisine surrounded by marine animals passing by your table on the other side of the glass. Of, if you prefer, cook a delicious meal of your own at one of our apartments in the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia. They are all fully equipped with everything you need to feel right at home.
Regardless of where you decide to rent your holiday apartment in Valencia, a visit to the City of Arts and Sciences is a must. It has been the set for many adverts, films like Tomorrowland, series such as Doctor Who and the remake of the legendary extraterrestrial series V. Its futuristic architecture is the perfect backdrop for photography fans and selfie freaks. And for music fans: several music festivals have staged concerts there: Festival Eclèctic brought Morcheeba and Pet Shop Boys to the city, and M.T.V. Winter brought The Cure. There may well be a festival on during your stay, such as the indie-based Festival de les Arts and Love The 90’s Festival.
If you come to Valencia for the Fallas, the City of Arts and Sciences is the perfect site to see the magical Nit del Foc, one of the most impressive fireworks displays in the the world. Book your accommodation in Valencia for the Fallas and watch the greatest firework contest ever. You’ll be thrilled to see the Valencian sky come alive!
Don’t think about it twice. Take a trip into the future and discover the City of Arts and Sciences by renting one of our holiday apartments in Valencia.