Travel Recap: La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias

The “City of Arts and Sciences” has some of the most striking modern architecture in Valencia (even though the effects of the recession can be seen on the buildings, if you look close enough).

This “city” consists of five main buildings (each with their own artistic or scientific focus), a bridge and semi-covered fresh-air garden.

From foreground to background: The Principe Felipe science center, the bridge (nicknamed Jamonero), and the Agora

Part of the Ciudad from a garden-like walkway. From foreground to background: The Principe Felipe science center, the bridge (nicknamed Jamonero), and the Agora

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Flowers along the walkway

DNA model in the science museum

DNA model in the science museum

L'Hemisferic (right), where IMAX movies are shown, and L'Umbracle, an open botanical garden.

L’Hemisferic (right), where IMAX movies are shown, and L’Umbracle, an open botanical garden.

Inside the Umbracle

Inside the Umbracle

Looking up

Looking up

Next up: the Oceanographic, which hosts mostly underground aquariums...

Next up: the Oceanographic, which hosts mostly underground aquariums…

...along with an aviary...

…along with an aviary…

...and outdoor habitats for different aquatic animals, including ducks.

…and outdoor habitats for different aquatic animals, including ducks.

Last: El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía--an impressive building!

Last: El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía–an impressive building!

This was a great area just to walk around, but it you’re thinking of visiting one of the museums, I would recommend the Oceanographic (oh, and should you want to take pictures, make sure that your camera battery is fully charged–unlike mine).

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