The Valencian Oceanarium is the highlight of the City of Arts and Sciences
The Oceanarium is located in the southern part of the City of Arts and Sciences, which was started in 1996 under the guidance of architect Felix Kandela and engineers Alberto Domingo and Carlos Lazar.
Oceanarium buildings are futuristic pavilions of white concrete and blue glass. They are connected to each other by bridges and paths on top and tunnels under the ground( 2 tunnels, the total length of which is 140 meters).The creators sought to make the construction of buildings and
The central building is L'Oceanographic( Oceanographic) - the Museum of Oceanography.
The oceanarium is next to the sea. This makes it possible to supply natural sea water. It is cleaned by a complex filtration system, and then falls into aquariums, the total volume of which is about 42 million liters.
The oceanarium is located at: Carrer Eduardo Primo Yúfera, 1, CP.46013 València.
By public transport
If you are already in the city, then the Valencia Aquarium is easily accessible by public transport to the stop "Oceanográfico".And if you stopped in the area of Ayutemento Square, then you can walk and walk, it only takes 15 minutes).
- Buses to the Oceanarium No. 15, 95, 190a, 190b, 190c.
- On the metro - along the red( L3) line to the stop "Alameda".From it 10 minutes walk to the oceanarium. For travel on the subway it's best to buy Bonometro cards. If you intend to use both the metro and buses, buy Bono Transbordo cards.
When planning a trip to the City of Arts and Science, remember that public transport stops at 22:00.So it is also necessary to determine the return options in advance.
By bus, by air
If during a holiday in Madrid or another city of Spain there was a desire to visit Valencia, then the most is a convenient option - a flight by a loukoster, for example, Ryanair. Further from the airport by metro( on the green line) get to the City of Arts and Science.
The low flight price calendar will help you to choose the right day, when you can save on tickets.
From Barcelona to Valencia, buses go to the northern train station( Barcelona Nord), the journey time is about 4 hours.
From Salou( Costa Dorada), you can get to Valencia by bus. For example, buy an excursion to the aquarium from BusPlana, the official public carrier for Costa Dorada. The bus leaves at 6:15 in the morning( the initial stop of Cambrils, then Salou) and then goes non-stop right to the aquarium of Valencia, where you will be around 11 am.
You can go by train. From Madrid, trains to Valencia depart from the station Atocha, and arrive at the station Joaquín Sorolla. Tickets are available and you can also save money if you buy them in 3-4 weeks.
From the resort towns of Costa Brava to Valencia it is more difficult to get( unless you go by a rented car), a distance of about 380 kilometers.
The best option is to get there first by bus or train to Barcelona, and then, by bus or by high-speed train to Valencia. The first one comes at 7 am from the Barcelona Sants train station.
If you need to get to Valencia from Alicante, use the Alicante-Valencia train( this is the fastest route, only 2 hours, ticket prices vary from 10 to 30 euros).In Valencia, come to the station Valencia Joaquín Sorolla. From here you can get to the City of Arts and Science by metro( on the green line).From the station to the city of Arts and Science there is also a bus number 1.
Independent travelers who want to see more, it is better to rent a car in Spain. The price of the service is not high, the roads in Spain are magnificent, there are a lot of pointers, so it will not get lost.
GPS coordinates: 39º 27 '9 "N, 0º 20' 53" W. The complex has underground parking where you can park the car for any period of time.
The entrance to it is located on the side of the street Carrer d'Eduardo Primo Yúfera. Parking is available from 8:00 to 00:30, the rate for 2017 is 6 euros per hour.
The oceanarium is open from 10:00 in the morning. Closes in different ways, depending on the season.
From 9 January to 6 April, from 16 October to 5 December, from 11 December to 23 December:
- From 10:00 to 18:00 - Monday to Thursday;
- From 10:00 to 19:00 - from Friday to Sunday.
From January 2 to January 8, from April 7 to June 30, from September 11 to October 15, December 6 to December 10, from December 26 to December 30, the aquarium operates until 19:00.
From July 1 to September 10, the aquarium and the City of Arts and Science, respectively, operate until 21:00.
Pay attention to the time of work on January 6.This day is festive, so the work time is shortened( from 16:00 to 20:00).September 24 from 10:00 to 14:00, December 25 - from 17: 00-21: 00, December 31 - from 10:00 to 18:00.
From 17 July to 31 August every day from 10 am to 12 noon.
All tourists note that the will last a whole day in the oceanarium in the summer, especially for young children .Determined in advance with places of compulsory attendance, you can reduce the time spent in the park to 4-5 hours. This will be enough to see all the fun.
For those who plan to see the City of Arts, the time of your stay increases. But one day is enough to inspect all the sights.
Ticket price for Oceanogràfic for 2017 is € 29.10.In the aquarium there are discounts for children( from 4 to 12 years), for the disabled, for families with many children and for pensioners( in Spain, these persons are over 65 years old).
For adult groups( from 20 people, but it is necessary to negotiate such a visit in advance, at least 24 hours before the visit) and school groups are also provided discounts.
Current prices for tickets to the Aquarium of Valencia official site offers at this cost:
You can purchase a ticket only to the aquarium, or you can buy a combined one, it is possible to visit the exposition located in the City of Arts.
- Opera theater and stage for other theatrical productions( El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía);
- Imax Cinema, Planetarium, Laser Theater( L'Hemisfèric; for 2017 the ticket price is 8.80 Euro);
- Gallery / garden( L'Umbracle);
- Science Museum( El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe; ticket price for 2017 is 8 euros).
Combined visits for 2017:
- L'Hemisfèric + Oceanogràfic - 31.40 euros;
- Museu de les Ciències + Oceanogràfic - 30.80 euros.
There is a visit to the "Conjunta" type( joint).It is planned to visit the City of Arts for 2-3 days. You can visit three objects( aquarium, cinema, science museum).A repeated visit to the facility is not foreseen. The cost of this service is 37.40 euros.
Tickets to the cashier are better to buy online at the official site of https: //www.oceanografic.org/en/ tickets .
Money can not save so much, but time is quite, especially in the high season. A long line is being built up to the cashiers of the oceanarium. Standing in the heat of 30-40 minutes is unpleasant at least.
If you travel independently and want to see the oceanarium in detail, you can pay for an individual guide or use the audio guide.
Excursion around the aquarium of Valencia: thematic zones
Total in the aquarium 21 object
- Edificio de acceso - administrative building( central entrance to the aquarium)
- Mediterràneo( Mediterranean) - Mediterranean Sea.
- Humedales( Wetlands) - Wetlands.
- Templados y Tropicales( Temperate and Tropical Seas) - Moderate and tropical belts.
- Oceanos( Oceans) - Oceans.
- Àrctico( Arctic) - Arctic.
- Antàrctico( Antarctic) - Antarctica.
- Delfinario( Dolphinarium) - The Dolphinarium.
- Mar Rojo( Red Sea) - Red Sea.
- Islas( Islands) - Islands.
- Restaurant "Submarine"
- Restaurant "Ocean"
- Autoservicio La Lonja - a restaurant with a buffet.
- Restaurant with a hamburger menu.
- Restaurant - cafe( here they serve excellent pizza, you can try ice cream).
- Heladería - ice cream parlor.
- -21.- this is the territory of various services and offices.
The park is divided into 10 ecological systems( or geographical areas).Each zone is assigned a sequence number. At the entrance to the park visitors receive a special card, with which, according to the signs, it is easy to navigate.
Despite the fact that the average temperature in the summer in Valencia reaches a mark of 35 degrees and above, in the pavilions of the aquarium is always cool, there is no need to fear a sun or thermal shock, but it is still necessary to get acquainted with their symptoms in advance, an individual reaction of the organism is possible.
The first in the course of the tour of the oceanarium zone. It is located near the entrance to the park( Edificio de acceso).The main inhabitants of the exposition are pink flamingos. Near the pool in which they live, built a large restaurant complex Submarino. But about it a little later.
This exposition is called Mediterranean. Here, in a large aquarium, there are more than 7,500 fish and other marine species. Look at the sea stars, painted in all colors of the rainbow and the jellyfish, which phosphoresce in the dark.
Special attention of tourists is attracted by the fish-cicada that lives here. It is extraordinarily spectacular.
The decoration of the exposition is a pirate ship, more precisely its remains, once rested on the seabed.
There are 9 pools in this exposition. The most interesting of them:
- Prairies of Poseidonia - an aquarium of 18000 liters, in which there are various plants that grow near the sea and in the sea( the most interesting object here is the sea cucumber);
- Ports - in this aquarium, with a volume of 155,000 liters, fish live that adapt to life in the port water areas;
- A breakwater - here, with the help of special equipment, the effect of a shock wave on a rock is reproduced. A turbulent pipe, born of this blow, is shown.
Also in separate pools are cephalopods( cuttlefish and octopus), invertebrates, corals.
The Pavilion, which houses the Wetlands / Los manglares exposition, immediately attracts attention. It is made in the form of an air sphere.
is preserved. Here, the ecological environment of wetlands and tidal zones is recreated, for example, in this pavilion there live Galapagos turtles and iguanas that are not afraid of tourists. Each plant is marked with a special tablet, it immediately becomes clear what it is and where it grows in the wild.
Impressive mangroves. They are inhabited by many birds, for example, Ibis, who feel so comfortable that they even multiply( on the trees you can see the nests of these and other birds).
Birds, like turtles, react calmly to people, they come close and even stroked.
The attention of tourists is often attracted by ducks. These are very spectacular birds that float at a distance of an outstretched hand and also live in this pavilion.
In the pavilions of this pavilion there are sturgeon. Rare fish, to watch which is very interesting.
Moderate and tropical belts
This exposition is called Temperate and Tropical Seas. Here are the fish and animals that live in the tropical seas.
You can see a variety of corals, sea stars, hedgehogs, skates. It is worth paying attention to such characters:
- sea dragon,
This exposition is located in the first glass tunnel( this tunnel is not called glass, it's not right, the designs are made of thick acrylic - a reliable material, resistant to enormous pressure and mechanical damage).
Visiting the exhibition is a leisurely and fascinating walk along the seabed. You can see how these or other species behave in a natural habitat. Everywhere there are tablets with which local residents can be identified( but not all can be discerned, as they live in sand or hide algae or coral).
There are such locations as
- California coast - you can watch how the Californian sea lions rest on the sand.
- Aquarium with brown algae - you can see giant laminaria, which grow at a speed of 30 centimeters per day.
- Peninsula Izu - the hero of this location is a giant spider crab.
- The Atlantic Ocean is a 70 meter tunnel in which the ecosystem of this ocean is reproduced.
- Aquarium, which presents species that live in the deep water.
- The Caribbean, where you can see the exotic green moray eels.
This is one of the most impressive exposures( 7 million liters pool).It's called simply and concisely - Oceanos / Oceans. It is located in the second tunnel. Want to stroll from Bermuda to Canary Islands? Here it is possible.
And the traveler will be accompanied by graceful sharks( for example, a bull-shark, gray shark), hanging rays in sea water, incredible fish-moon, moray eels, elephant fish, fish-guitar and many other animals.
Another incredible building that resembles an Eskimo needle. This ecological zone is called the "Arctic"( Àrctico / Arctic).There are large representatives of marine fauna - whales and beluga.
They are not slow in swimming in a huge aquarium, not forgetting to greet visitors. This pavilion is home to walruses, seals, manatees and penguins.
In the Antàrctic / Antarctic pavilion you can see real Antarctic landscapes: the sea clinging to the rocks. Penguins living in this ecological zone are very active. It is interesting to watch how they dive from the rocks into the sea and frolic under the water( one pool wall is transparent to the bottom and is open for viewing).
The pavilion always has quiet, relaxing music. It is at this point that it is better to rest and "digest" what has already been seen.
Delfinario is the heart of the oceanarium, the largest dolphinarium in Europe. It includes 5 swimming pools, some of which are used for the education of new artists, the treatment of animals and the cultivation of young animals.
The main pool is very large - in volume as two standard Olympic pools. Look at the show of dolphins - good and intelligent animals can simultaneously 2 thousand spectators. Be sure to take your children there!
Here you can not only see the performance, but make a bright photo with the stars of the show. At weekends( show on weekends is held at 12:00, 15:00 and 18:00), for a fee, you can feel like a trainer of these cute animals, swim with them, and even better get acquainted with no less pleasant in communication, Although formidable in appearance, sea lions.
There are also free presentations. They are held several times a week, on different days, so there is no specific way to orient, you need to know the schedule when entering the complex.
Mar Rojo / Red Sea - unusual exposure. It is dedicated to the ecosystem of the Red Sea. It was located in a spacious auditorium where public scientific lectures, seminars and various meetings are held, and films are shown that detail the underwater world of the Red Sea.
In the huge, curved aquarium of this pavilion there is a very unusual and beautiful Napoleon fish.
The schedule of this pavilion( lecture time):
- 10: 00-12: 30 - free visit;
- 13: 00-13: 35 - Detras del telon - at this time in the hall the cinema is shown about everything that happens in the aquarium( feeding animals, treating animals, training, scientific research, immersing in aquariums, a small lecture on the underwater world, Which lasts no more than 15 minutes).
- 13: 35-16: 35 - free visit;
- 16: 35-17: 10 - Detras del telon;
- 17: 10-before closing - free visit.
In Islas( Islands) - the ecosystem of the oceanic islands is reproduced. The main stars of this exposition are sea lions. You can observe their behavior on land and in the water. It is in the water that these animals are graceful, their primordial power and strength are felt.
There is one more interesting exposition in the aquarium - MARIPOSARIO .
This is a specially equipped glazed pavilion in which a special level of temperature, humidity and light is maintained, various plants are planted and even there is a small waterfall.
This pavilion houses butterflies and insects. The size of the exposure depends on the time of year( some species of butterflies are active only in a certain period).Also there are terrariums, which contain tarantulas, mantises and scorpions. Insects are separated from butterflies and do harm to them / they can not.
In the pavilion you can see the whole life cycle of butterflies and insects. This will be especially interesting for children.
Another interesting place is COCODRILARIO .
This pavilion contains different types of crocodiles, most of all African.
The employees of the aquarium are attentive and polite. They can always be contacted for help( almost everyone speaks English).
Employees of the scientific center are trying, with the help of various installations( for example, a large sink, collected from debris found on the shore), to draw tourists' attention to the problem of pollution of the seas and oceans.
They call not to litter on the beaches and to pay attention to the animals living next door to the person.
Where to have a bite
On the territory of the aquarium there are several catering establishments: a pizzeria, an ice cream parlor, restaurants. Popular among tourists is the restaurant Submarino. It is located in the middle of an artificial lake and has two floors.
On the top floor there is a feeling that you are on a tropical island, and on the bottom you feel that you are in a real underwater grotto. The walls are made of acrylic, so you can continue to admire the inhabitants of the underwater world at dinner. This is an expensive restaurant. The average check for one person is 50 euros.
The restaurant La Lonja - a buffet. The price of adult and children's admission tickets varies.
Almost all institutions close at four o'clock. Therefore, try to eat before this time, especially if the program is scheduled to visit the show in the dolphinarium.
Of course, how can you leave the aquarium of Valencia without buying souvenirs for children and loved ones? To do this, visit the central pavilion souvenir shops.
There are countless magnets, pens, rulers, soft toys, T-shirts and a lot of cool trifles sold in them with the complex's symbols, photos of sea inhabitants. With empty hands, you definitely will not leave, and the memories of a happily spent day will stay with you for a long time!
The Valencian Oceanarium is a whole universe that will not leave anyone indifferent. The curative effect, obtained from live communication with diverse representatives of flora and fauna, will remain for a long time. Do not forget that this complex is part of the City of Science and the Arts, and this is an impressive complex of , its inspection should be a mandatory tourist program item.