Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències

The City of Arts and Sciences is located in the former riverbed of the River Turia. This river was rerouted to the south of Valencia after a flood and now forms a green ribbon through the city. The City opened in 1998 and was designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava and Felix Candela.

It is a monumental piece of architecture, a jaw-droppingly beautiful series of futuristic buildings which emerge from shallow pools of crystal clear blue water. If Arts and Science were a religion, this would be their cathedral. 

We really wanted to see the City under a blue sky, and the night before we feared the worst- a torrential downpour and thunderstorm didn’t bode well for the following day. Fortunately when we woke the next morning their wasn’t a cloud in the sky. We cycled down to the City through the Turia Park and spent the whole day there - it's a wonderful place for photography!