An impressive architectural masterpiece designed by the internationally famous architect Santiago Calatrava, the City of Arts and Sciences is definitely a must-see if you’re visiting Valencia. There are mainly four big buildings, all worth seeing. The Hemisfèric (an IMAX cinema for large-format projections), the Science Museum (an entertaining destination for both adults and kids), the Oceanogràfic (the largest aquarium in Europe, designed by Félix Candela), and the Palacio de las Artes, built for any kind of creative and entertaining projects or shows.
Hosting Spain’s second biggest art collection, this bright and spacious museum of fine arts has some of the most impressive artworks in the country, including the great Roman mosaic of the Nine Muses and works from famous Spanish artists such as El Greco, Goya, Ribalta, Murillo and Velázquez. Come and get to know some of the works and artists from the Valencian impressionist school.
A gorgeous example of Spanish modernist architecture, this market building is now full of cafés and bars, and it still hosts a gourmet food market downstairs. The whole structure is grand and imposing, providing the perfect place to stop for a coffee or a drink, or even for some breakfast or lunch. Spanish markets were and still are an important and popular site in the Spanish city lifestyle.
By Laura Pioli