City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain
My 7th day in Spain has been nothing less than remarkable. Upon arrival in Valencia, I researched the top places to photograph in the city. The number one place that consistently came up was The City of Arts and Sciences. Once you see a few photos of this amazing place you will see why! The architects are renowned Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela. I was quickly overwhelmed walking towards the city, since there was so many lines, shapes, shadows to capture. I took a seat and absorbed it all in. There was something very soothing and calming about it. I don’t know if it was the calm blue colors in the water, the very few amount of people around, or just the energy that these massive structures hold. Either one, I definitely encourage anyone to make some time to visit if you are in Valencia. It is about 3-4 hours outside Barcelona, definitely worth it!!
The best way to see it is rent a bike, lock it up and walk around. There is a beautiful park that leads up to the city called Jardi del Turia. I spent about 2 hours photographing most of the buildings..although I could have spent another hour or so. Sunset is the ultimate time to come, the colors change constantly. Sunrise should be another epic time to come, especially with fewer people but I haven’t come at that time, YET!
This place is the most visited tourist destination in all of Valencia. Every component represents something different. There is the EYE building, called Hemisferic, it’s suppose to stand for “the eye of knowledge.” Since the bottom of the pool is glass, it reflects the top part making it look like a whole eye. Pretty cool!! An INSANE fact: It houses a an IMAX Cinema, planetarium and laserium. The large building that resembles a space ship, is called the Palau de les Artes Reina Sofia. They have opera, theatrical and performances. The Museo de las Ciencias resembles a skeleton of a whale, beautiful!! Inside is an interactive science center, ideally for kids and is pretty cool! There are also two other buildings that are apart of the city, the Oceanografic and Agor. I have to come back and photograph these in the next few days before my departure. I encourage you to do the same when you come visit Spain, you will not be disappointed.
A trip to the City of Arts and Sciences