During our last trip to Valencia, we had the chance to visit the Oceanographic, Europe’s largest aquarium containing representatives of the world’s major marine ecosystems (more than 45,000 different examples of 500 marine species). The complex, which is impressive in design and size, was created by the architect Felix Candela and the structural engineers Alberto Domingo and Carlos Lázaro.
The water park is divided into ten areas and each building is identified with the following aquatic environments: the Mediterranean, the Swamp, Tropical and Temperate Seas, Oceans, Antarctica, the Arctic, Islands, and the Red Sea, as well as the Dolphinarium with 24 million litres of water and a depth of 10.5 meters.
Be sure to watch the dolphin show at the Dolphinarium. The show happens daily at certain times so be sure to check the schedule of the shows for the day of your visit. The shows start at the scheduled time and last about 30 minutes.
How to get there: The Oceanogràfic is located inside the architectural complex of the City of Arts and Sciences you can get there by subway or bus.
Subway: The nearest metro station is Alameda, line 3 of the Valencia Metro.
Bus: Buses are constant and stop in front of the complex. The buses number 95 and number 15 are connected with the central points of the city, the ride costs €1.50 and the ticket can be bought directly from the driver.
Tip* If you are driving, park the car at the Aqua Multiespacio Shopping Mall, which is located on the opposite side of the river. The first hours are free and if it exceeds the first hours, the amount charged is much cheaper than the parking in the Complex. The walk from the mall to the Oceanogràfic takes around 10 minutes.
Address: Carrer Eduardo Primo Yúfera, 1, CP.46013 València – www.oceanografic.org. Hours of operation vary according to the months of the year. To check the times and prices click here. To buy tickets online Click here.
The City of Arts and Sciences complex
L’Àgora – a multifunctional covered space designed by Santiago Calatrava which is located next to the Oceanográfico in the complex of the City of Arts and Sciences. The building has a height of 80m, and occupies 5,000m2 of elliptical space. Depending on the configuration of the space, the Agora can accommodate up to 6,075 people.
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