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Where in Spain Wednesday – Valencia’s City of Arts & Sciences

Here’s yet another piece of surprising architecture from Spain – Valencia’s famous Ciudad de las Artes y Las Ciencias. 


This building is such an iconic symbol of Valencia that before I went, it was pretty much the only thing I recognized as specifically being from Valencia. It’s surrounded by water because it’s built on an old riverbed. You can’t see the water in my photo except for in the reflection in the windows, and it washes the whole complex in a pretty teal color.

This building has everything from a planetarium to a movie theater to a performing arts center. There are lots of museums and fun things to look at. The building itself is pretty fun to look at, actually. This part is shaped to look like a whale skeleton.

I bet you could spend an entire day going around this complex. Unfortunately, I only had a couple of hours but it was still great to look at such a weird, fascinating building.

I’ll have more on Valencia soon with posts about Las Fallas and more!



14 thoughts on “Where in Spain Wednesday – Valencia’s City of Arts & Sciences

  1. The Science Park in Valencia is amazingly futuristic – especially when you contrast it with the old part of the city, nearby. Yes, definitely worth a visit!

  2. This building is sick! It’s actually kind of hard to tear my eyes away from that photo haha.

    I have a long list of places I’d like to visit in Spain, but I have to say Valencia is nowhere near the top. I have friends that studied there and loved it, but nothing I’ve seen or read has truly sparked my interest like Galicia or País Vasco. Any thoughts that may change my mind? xx

    • Hmm…I was only there for a day (an inebriated day) so I’m definitely not an expert by any means. Apart from the festival, I didn’t see too much of the city.

      But Las Fallas was another one of those great Spanish parties that has a long, traditional history. I really liked seeing the blend of old and new mixed into one wild and crazy fiesta.

      Plus, paella and the beach! 🙂 (although I didn’t actually try paella in Valencia…)

  3. The buildings are indeed very pretty but apparently they haven’t been built with the best materials and some of them need of urgent repairs… 😦 So typically spanish…

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  5. Always enjoy my time in Valencia! Pity the city has been mismanaged over the years, but at least they have invested in the port, and the City of Arts ad Sciences etc as these will be lasting legacies. Calatrava is one of my favourite architects! Have you been to Bilbao?

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