Spain's über-cool City of Arts and Sciences

By Martin Macdonald

The City of Arts and Sciences is a cutting-edge cultural and architectural complex in the city of Valencia, on the east coast of Spain. The site’s striking architecture – designed by world-renowned Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela – is a mesmerising combination of futuristic and organic forms which take over the dry river bed of the now diverted Turia River.

The entertainment-based complex comprises the Hemisfèric, an IMAX cinema and digital projections centre; the Umbracle, a landscaped vantage point; a spectacular Science Museum; the Oceanogràfic, Europe’s largest aquarium; the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía opera house and cultural centre; and the Ágora multifunctional space.

The complex is a major modern tourist attraction and one of the 12 Treasures of Spain. Surrounded by shallow pools of water, the City of Arts and Sciences is both relaxing and electrifying – a must-see destination!

The City of Arts And Sciences, Valencia

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