Cidade das Artes e Ciências (Peris/Valero)
This traditional and residential area is situated in the southeast from the C.A.C., just within a few minutes walking distance. The architecture is mainly old buildings; it is a typical Spanish neighbourhood with all the local services.
The Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (Spanish) or CityofArtsandSciences is an ensemble of five areas in the dry river bed of the now diverted River Turia.
It is designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava in collaboration with Félix Candela, and started in July 1996. It is an impressive example of contemporary architecture.
The "city" is made up of the following, usually known by their Valencian names:
El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía
It is an opera house and cultural centre and the last one completed of the City of Arts and Sciences. It opened on 8 October 2005 and the first opera was Beethoven’s Fidelio.
It is an imax, cinema, planetarium and laserium
Walkway and Garden
El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe
The Science Museum opened on 13 November 2000 and is over 40,000 square meters in area and resembles the skeleton of a whale.
L'Oceanogràfic —Open-air oceanographic park
L'Oceanogràfic is the largest complex of its type in all of Europe and has 45,000 animals of 500 different species including fish, mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates — amongst these are sharks, penguins, dolphins, sea lions, walruses, beluga whales, and more — all inhabiting nine underwater towers. Each tower is structured in two levels and represents the major ecosystems of the planet.
The park is divided into ten areas. The marine areas reflect the Mediterranean habitats, the polar oceans — the Arctic, the islands, the tropical seas, the temperate seas and the Red Sea. The park also includes a dolphinarium. The sea water is pumped from the Playa de la Malvarrosa having passed all of the necessary requirements for quality.