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City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia   by Anita C

This wonderful world of science and nature was created by architects Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela and is the largest cultural-educational complex in Europe. Covering over a 3 km stretch of the drained and diverted river Turia and measuring approximately 350,000 sqm it comprises of five different buildings which are L'Oceanogràfic, L'Hemisfèric, El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, L'Umbracle and El Museu de les Ciències Principe Felipe. 
L'Umbracle is the entry to the City of the Arts and Sciences and consists of an enormous green 320 metres in length and 60 metres in width. The gardens are surrounded by many palm and orange trees along with various shrubs, 5,500 ground plants and at least 450 climbing plants. Don't forget to look for the fragrant plants of Rosemary and Lavender and also take in the views of the entire complex from this area. 

Leaving L'Umbracle you come across a spectacular building consisting of a huge glass wall and hanging platforms, this is the Prince Felipe Science Museum. Here visitors are encouraged to take part, touch and experiment with present day and future technology. Within this building you will also find the L'Espai dels Xiquets, this is an area especially for young children aged between 4 and 7 where they can watch in a giant incubator funny little chicks hatching from their eggs, followed by a Cartoon Mascot on a giant screen. 

Visit the Space Cadet School and travel with Professor Bombilla and his assistant Sparky through the solar system in an audio visual spectacle which lasts approximately 10 minutes. 

Promenade beside Museu de les Ciencies Principe Felipe, Valencia, Spain
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You can also see on the first floor of the museum a giant pendulum which hangs from the top of the building's eaves, this demonstrates how the earth rotates around its own axis and is said to be one of the longest in the world! Near to the museum is the building which is shaped in the form of a huge human eye, this is called L'Hemisfèric. Here you can enjoy 3D films, laser shows, multimedia shows and hundreds of animations. 
Palau de les Artes, Valencia, Spain
Palau de les Artes, Valencia, Spain
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Take a spectacular adventure to the Grand Canyon, one of the most remote and extraordinary places in the world. Experience the thrills of flying over it or the breathtaking sensation of sailing along its waters and discover the history surrounding it. Visit 'Forces of Nature', a National Geographic film based on the greatest natural disasters on our planet. Feel the power of the earthquakes, volcanoes and tornadoes in the company of scientists. 

At the other end of the City of Arts and Sciences is l'Oceanogràfic which is Europe's largest marine centre. The aquarium is home to 45,000 examples of 500 species from around the world. Walk through the maze of glass and tunnels, taking in the spectacular marine life and surrounding yourself with sharks and rays or walk with the penguins. 

Dolphin in L'Oceanografic In the Temperate and Tropical building you can see the Marine Turtles and in the Izu Peninsula there is an exhibit which recreates the coastline in Japan. 

This area is where the giant spider crab can be found which grows up to an amazing 4 metres in length! A must for all visitors is the Dolphinarium which is one of the largest in the world and contains approximately 23 million litres of water. Seating up to 2,210 people you can watch the Bottlenose dophins which are common in the coastal regions and the building also has small whales - a must for the children during those long summer holidays. 

The majestic building known as Palau de les Arts completes the City, said to be the largest Opera House after the Sydney Opera House. Inside the Main hall there is seating for 1,800, the Master Room or Chamber Musical Hall seats 400, the Amphitheatre above the Main hall seats 1,800 and the Chamber Theatre seats another 400. You can visit the City by taking the A7 and the N340 or for further information call 902 100 031 or visit your local Tourist Information Office.

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Expo Hotel, Valencia
The Expo Hotel is located in Valencia, Spain, opposite Turia Park. It is two kilometres from the IVAM modern art museum and the historic centre. Valencia Airport is 10 kilometres away.  This modern hotel forms part of the Nuevo Centro shopping complex. The nearby Turia Park is perfect for skating and jogging, and also has a children's playground.  It features a rooftop pool, open in summer, with striking city views. Wireless Internet is available in public areas, and the hotel houses meeting and exhibition facilities. Expo Hotel's Mandarina restaurant has an open kitchen and offers Valencian dishes and a la carte menus. Drinks can be enjoyed at the piano bar. 
Hotel AC Valencia
The ultra-modern AC Hotel Valencia occupies a spot in the new section of Valencia, Spain, five-hundred meters from the City of Arts & Sciences complex. The City of Arts & Sciences complex boasts L'Hemisferic (iMax theatre), L'Oceanografic (aquarium), the interactive Science Museum Principe Felipe and a botanical garden. A host of shopping opportunities also lies within meters of the hotel. Moreover, the hotel stands only two kilometers from sandy beaches along the Mediterranean Sea.  The lobby's velvet sofas sport metal appendages and offer an ideal spot to read a complimentary newspaper while sipping fresh java from the coffee bar. Other relaxing amenities include a fitness centre and steam room.  Meanwhile, chefs at the AC Valencia restaurant, Alos, prepare gourmet Mediterranean dishes with fresh local ingredients.
Hotel Las Arenas Balneario Resort, Spa Hotel, Valencia
The contemporary Hotel Las Arenas Balneario Resort is next to the golden Las Arenas beach in Valencia, Spain. The hotel is within five kilometres of Valencia's famous Cathedral, City Museum and Fine Art Museum. Flanked by palm trees, the bright and airy Hotel Las Arenas Balneario Resort is set in 8000 square metres of lush gardens. The hotel provides complimentary newspapers in the air-conditioned lobby, which has a concierge desk and currency exchange. Las Arenas Balneario offers fine Spanish seafood in Las Arenas restaurant and modern international classics in Valencia restaurant. There is also a bar and nightclub. The hotel has an indoor pool and an outdoor pool with poolside bar. There are treatment rooms for massages and other spa and beauty services. Scuba diving and windsurfing are available nearby. 
Hotel Silken Puerta de Valencia
A modern hotel with a striking tiled mural facade, the Silken Puerta Valencia is next door to the City of Arts and Sciences Museum and two kilometres from the Valencia cathedral. The hotel is well placed for exploring Valencia's many sights. The Mestalla Football Stadium, home to Valencia FC, is just 50 metres away and the City Museum is two kilometres from the hotel. Guests can enjoy drinks and tapas in the cafe/bar and admire works by renowned artist Javier Mariscal featured in public areas of the hotel.  Guests with laptops can take advantage of Wi-fi access in public areas, and business guests are served with conference facilities and meeting rooms. The hotel has a garage for those arriving by car. The Puerta Valencia Restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serves creative Spanish cuisine and features minimalist furnishings and modern art, and the cafe offers tapas and cocktails.
Exterior views and golf Parador El Saler, Golf & Spa Hotel, El Saler, 12 kms from Valencia
A must for golf lovers thanks to the 18-hole golf course, the Hotel is seen as one of the best in the world. The large comfortable rooms - some with sea views - are an invite to relaxation. Located on the coast, there is also a fantastic SPA to relax, an outdoor pool and a grass football pitch.  The completely renovated and new plan building strictly respects the natural setting with its grand glass-dominated structure bringing guests closer to La Albufera Nature Reserve from all indoor spaces.  The lower floor houses a modern conference and events room - the ‘Vela Latina’ - with a maximum 400 pax capacity that may be split into 5 spaces. This means it may be tailored to suit any requirement. There’s nothing like a good paella ... We recommend you try the Parador’s star dish: paella. 
Petit Palace Bristol Hotel, Valencia
The Petit Palace Bristol in Valencia is located in the historic city centre, just 100 meters away from Cathedral Square and various shops. The hotel is strategically located only 6 kilometres east of the Valencia Manises Airport. Oceanografic is just a 20-minute walk from the hotel and the beach is just 3 miles away. This bohemian, classic and elegant hotel, which resides in a renovated 19th-century palace, is across from the National Pottery Museum and near the Council Mayor. Comfortable facilities and convenience are qualities guests travelling for business or pleasure can expect at the Petit Palace Bristol. A friendly and inviting staff is on hand to assist with any needs of all guests. The hotel is minutes away from fine dining, shopping and entertainment venues.
The Westin Valencia
The Westin Valencia has a traditional façade and decorative arched windows, and is situated in Valencia, seven blocks from the cathedral and three kilometres from Las Arenas Beach.  The 850-square-metre spa and health centre offers an oasis of relaxation with its indoor pool, sauna, Turkish hammam, 8 treatment rooms, solarium and beauty centre (fees apply). Access to the fitness center is complimentary. h-club Valencia serves a selection of drinks and cocktails accompanied by live music in the evenings.   The Westin Valencia serves traditional and local specialities in the modern setting of the Mediterranean Restaurant, Rosmarino, complete with an outside terrace. Light lunches, snacks and drinks are also available in the art deco-style El Jardi Lobby Bar.
Vincci Lys Hotel, Valencia
The Vincci Lys Hotel in Valencia is a six-floor building situated in the historic city centre, 700 metres from the cathedral and four kilometres from the beach. Travellers will enjoy the historic area El Carmen, with its lively nightlife, 800 meters away, and the City of Sciences, two kilometres away. Valencia Airport is 10 kilometres from the hotel, approximately 20 minutes driving time. Vincci Lys features the Restaurante Almudi, which serves an extensive range of Mediterranean cuisine in quiet and rustic surroundings. Bar Micalet serves coffee from all over the world, as well as a wide range of alcoholic drinks, including local specialties of Valencia. Alternatively, guests can take advantage of room service.   The Vincci Lys Hotel, Valencia, has wireless Internet access for a surcharge, meeting and conference rooms available for business clients.
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