City of Arts and Sciences
- Full Tour
- Palacio de las Artes Reina Sofía
- Museo de las Ciencias Príncipe Felipe
- Puente del Arpa
Arriving in the City of Arts and Sciences from the city centre, you’ll be welcomed by the mastodonic, oblong Palau de les Arts.
You can then continue towards the Hemisfèric, passing between the shallow, clear pools and under the white steel bridges. On the side of the complex, at street level, you’ll find the Umbracle, giving shade to a variety of mediterranean plants.
Continuing your southward walk, you can pass by the steel skeleton of the Museo de las Ciencias.
Finally, on the other side of the Harp Bridge, are the Àgora and the Oceanogràfic.
Palacio de las Artes Reina Sofía
Surrounded by landscape and water, the oblong Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía has an enigmatic shape. Many have noticed its resemblance to that of a shark.
The white building is shielded to the sides by two laminated steel shells. Underneath these, we can see the interior platforms and terraces, connected through stairways and lifts.
Another shield, this time resembling a floating feather, covers the top of the building.
Surrounded by shallow, clear water pools is the Hemisfèric, the giant mechanical eye of the City of Arts and Sciences.
While made of cold and futuristic materials, like the white steel and the transparent glass, the structure still maintains an organic quality to it, as if it were alive.
Museo de las Ciencias Príncipe Felipe
The Museo de las Ciencias Príncipe Felipe is a colossal building.
Its huge structure, made of firm pillars, sharp angles and defined lines is hypnotic and dwarfing all at once.
Walking under its pillars feels like walking through a prehistoric site.
The Umbracle mirrors the nearby Science Museum, albeit with softer and gentler lines.
Its arches provide shelter to a multitude of Mediterranean plants and to the visitors seeking a bit of shade from the sun.
Puente del Arpa
The Pont de l’Assut de l’Or crosses the City of Arts and Sciences, allowing for traffic to flow from one side of the complex to the other.
The bridge has one tower (or pylon), from which cables are attached, supporting the bridge deck. This forms a harp-string-like pattern. It is because of this visual effect that it is called the Harp Bridge (Puente del Arpa).
The Oceanogràfic is an aquarium complex comprising various buildings. Each one is built to look like a pond flower, with metal tops and dark blue reflective glass to the sides.
The different halls and underwater areas are connected through floating walkways.