|The City of Arts and Sciences|
Valencia changed a lot in the last decade. It became a modern city, with pleasant people, perfect climate, outstanding cuisine and green spaces. With just under a million residents, Valencia is neither big, not small, and that’s precisely why for a city girl like me, it feels like the perfect place. Plus it has a smart urban architecture that makes all its attractions easily accessible by foot.
The city center
|The Museum of Fine Arts from Turia Gardens|
Turia Gardens stretch for about 8km, crossing the city from the City of Arts and Sciences to Bioparc, the new state-of-the-art zoo from Valencia. They are also the largest urban gardens in Spain. Half a century ago, this was a river. But after a devastating flood, the river was diverted out of the city and the empty riverbed is now a thriving garden.
Valencia is an incredibly health conscious city, and aside from the beautiful promenades of flowers, parks, ponds, fountains and bridges, the Turia Gardens have tons of sport facilities.
Between the main attraction along the Turia Gardens are the Fallero Museum (worth visiting if you are not here during Las Fallas Festival), the Gulliver Park for the little ones, the beautiful looking modern Concert Hall, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Royal Gardens, the Benlliure House-Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art. And next to Bioparc there is Cabecera Park with its lake, my favorite picnic spot in Valencia.
The City of Arts and Sciences
The world-famous City of Arts and Sciences is one of my favourite places to visit in Valencia. Described as a city within a city, this is one of the most imaginative millennium projects and a truly mind-blowing futuristic complex made out of white tiles and surrounded by blue waters. It was designed by the famous architect Santiago Calatrava who was born near Valencia and therefore gave this city the best his imagination could come up with. The complex has six buildings – Oceanographic, Hemesferic, Principe Felipe Science Museum, Reina Sofia Concert Hall, Umbracle and Agora and walking among them can be extremely pleasant. However, out of all buildings, Oceanographic is my favorite. During the summer months they organize some not-to-be-missed dolphin shows.
|Lemurs at Bioparc Valencia|
A visit to Bioparc is an educational one not only for the kids but for the adults as well. I love spending time here, taking pictures of the animals and observing their behavior. Bioparc is Africa in 100,000 square meters. Rivers, waterfalls, rocky pinnacles, and walkways surrounded by green vegetation compose the 3 ecosystems at Bioparc – Madagascar, African Savanna and Equatorial Africa. This is the most humane zoo I’ve ever been to. My favorite animals are the cute lemurs, playful elephants and the funny meerkats. I could look at them forever. There are no fences separating the habitats, only natural borders, like streams of water, and it is really interesting to see the giraffes and the lions so close together and so peaceful.