City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia
City of Arts and Sciences

Useful tips for your visit

Here you have our recommendations and tips to make sure that you make the most of your experience and you don’t miss out on anything the City of Arts and Sciences has to offer.

When and how long should you visit?

  • Even though the City of Arts and Sciences itself is open 365 days of the year, the individual museums or buildings have their own timetables. Make sure to check that all the buildings you want to visit are open before you go to avoid any surprises when you arrive. You can do so on the City of Art and Sciences timetable page .
  • Seeing as the complex has so many buildings and museums, a visit can easily take an entire day. We recommend you take breaks between one museum visit and the other by lounging around the open areas. In the warmer months, you can even try out some of the water activities in the shallow pools, like renting a water bike or a kayak.


  • There are a few restaurants inside the various buildings of the complex, most of them inside the Oceanogràfic. However, you might not find as large a variety of choices as you would like, and they might be particularly busy around lunchtime.
  • An alternative is going to the nearby Saler shopping centre. There you will find many more restaurants, cafes, and fast food venues than in Ciudad de Artes or the surrounding areas ( view map ).
  • If you want, you can also bring your own lunch and have a picnic in the outside areas.

Don’t miss out

  • We recommend you go see the incredible Pont de l’Assut de l’Or, the bridge in the middle of the complex.
  • The City of Arts and Sciences, with its open spaces, its shallow waters, its massive and almost otherworldly architecture makes for a spectacular photo shoot location. If you want to take great pictures, this is the place.
  • If you have time, you can take a relaxing stroll through the park to get to the City of Arts and Sciences. If you walk from the old quarters all the way down the Turiagardens, this will take you about 45 minutes.
  • Every year in summer, the grounds of the complex become the venue for the Festival de les Arts , a large music, design, and gastronomy festival. During the two-day festival, both internationally recognised and emerging musicians perform at the City of Arts and Sciences.
Useful tips for your visit