City of Arts and Sciences, a controversial treasure

Are you ready for your second day in Valencia? You may be still tired from walking around the city centre yesterday, but there is so much to do today too! If you’re going to spend three days in Valencia you need to make a little effort to see all the things this beautiful city has to offer. So let’s cut to the chase!

 

Valencia in three days - Day 2

We’re going to start really close to the Serrans Gate, our starting point yesterday. Very close to metro stop Alameda, you’ll find the Convent de Sant Doménec, one of the most important Gothic buildings located in the city. It was built between the 13th and the 18th building and can be visited for free. Its beautiful cloisters are well worth the visit!

The best part of Day 2’s itinerary in our 3 days in Valencia is that today we get to do a big part of it walking along the Turia Gardens. As we explained in the previous article, the Turia river had to be rerouted outside of the city so a disaster like the 1957 Valencia Flood wouldn’t happen again. The original plan intended to turn the riverbed into a highway, but the locals protested in order to reclaim it as a green area for their city. And they succeeded, as in 1986 the beautiful Turia Gardens were inaugurated. So, let’s start walking down this beautiful green area, the largest urban park in Spain. Soon we’ll arrive to our second stop: Valencia’s Palau de la Música, an interesting contemporary building designed by José María García de Paredes. It’s worth mentioning that the part of the gardens that surrounds this building, with its palm trees and orange trees, was designed by famous architect Ricardo Bofill.

Let’s go on to our next destination, something that will make your kids very happy if they’re travelling with you: Valencia’s famous Parque Gulliver (Gulliver Park), inspired, of course, in the character created by Jonathan Swift. In the Park there is a monumental sculpture that portrays Gulliver tied down on the floor in Lilliput. It’s 70m long and 7,5 metres high, so visitors are, compared to Gulliver, more or less the size of the inhabitants of Lilliput. But that’s not the best part: all the sculpture is made out of slides and stairs so kids can play!

Valencia in three days - Day 2

After the little ones in the family have played a little with the giant, we can go on to the main course of Day 2 in Valencia: The City of Arts and Sciences, probably the most famous attraction in the city. Located at the end of the Turia Gardens, it’s a cultural and architectural complex designed by famous (and controversial) Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela. The complex, which characterises by its white, sculpture-like buildings that are closer to works of art than buildings and the water that surrounds them. The complex was built between 1996 and 2005, and it’s been always surrounded by controversies: it ended up costing Valencia four times its initial budget.

However, the project did bring Valencia some fame – and also helped increase the tourism. In the complex you’ll find many entertainment options. In the Hemisfèric, the first building that was inaugurated, there is an IMAX cinema. You can also visit the interactive science museum Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe, which resembles the skeleton of a whale, and you can see the many plants inside L’Umbracle. Kids will surely like L’Oceanogràfic, the largest oceanographic park in Europe. The other constructions are the opera house Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia (the subject of another controversy regarding the complex: only 8 years after its inauguration they had to restore it as some of the materials it was built with were starting to fall off), the cable bridge Pont de l’Assut de l’Or, and L’Àgora, designed to hold concerts, exhibits and performances.

 

Valencia in three days - Day 2

After visiting the city of Arts and Sciences, you can go to the beach: the closest one is the famous Playa del Cabanyal, and right after it you’ll find Valencia’s most famous one, the Malvarrosa. If it’s too late for the beach, we have another option: Visiting the gastro space Veles e Vents, one of the landmarks of the Port of Valencia. This interesting place was built for Valencia’s first America’s Cup, and it’s perfect to have dinner or a drink while you admire the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.

 

As you can see, our itinerary for your second day in Valencia allowed you to see a very different part of the city. But there is more! We promised you 3 days in Valencia, so get ready for day 3!

 

 

 

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At GowithOh, we are an enthusiastic team of self-confessed Europhiles who are passionate about travel. We especially love the variety of city breaks possible in Europe, from the historic UNESCO heritage cities like Prague, to the more cosmopolitan beachside destinations like Barcelona. We love discovering the hidden gems in different cities and sharing them with our fans so everyone can benefit and enjoy the perfect city break in Europe.