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Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrL'Oceanogràfic is an oceanarium in the City of Arts and Sciences complex in Valencia, Spain. It is the largest aquarium in Europe and features several different themed areas which represent the world’s most important sea and ocean habitats. It is home to hundreds of fascinating marine species, including popular animals such as sea lions, penguins, sharks, whales, and walruses, as well as one of the world’s largest dolphinariums, which features educational dolphin shows that are sure to entertain and inform visitors of all ages. If you’re fascinated by marine life, you won’t want to miss this must-visit attraction.
ArchitectureWhen L'Oceanogràfic first opened in 2003, it became the largest oceanarium in Europe. In addition to showcasing a wide variety of marine habitats, it contains one of the largest dolphinariums in the world with a depth of 10.5 meters, as well as several other buildings such as a large sphere that contains two wetland habitats and an igloo-like dome that represents the Arctic. However, the most famous architectural aspect of L'Oceanogràfic is its central parabola-shaped structure that was designed by famous architect Félix Candela , which represents a water lily.
AttractionsL'Oceanogràfic is divided into several different areas which represent various marine habitats throughout the world and contain numerous species from these areas.
AntarcticThis area of L'Oceanogràfic is especially popular because it is home to its large colony of penguins, which you can watch swim and waddle along their rocky terrain.
ArcticThe Arctic habitat resides in large igloo-shaped dome and features majestic creatures such as walruses and beluga whales.
Red Sea AuditoriumIn this unique auditorium, visitors can watch as a presenter on stage and a diver inside an aquarium interact with various species that live in the Red Sea , including the colorful Sohal Surgeonfish.
MediterraneanThere are over 7,000 fascinating specimens from the nearby Mediterranean Sea in this ring of aquariums, including corals, anemones, crabs, octopus, lobsters, cuttlefish, and dozens of colorful species of fish.
OceansThe Oceans tank is where you’ll find a variety of shark species, which live in one of the largest tanks in the world, which has a volume of 7 million liters.
DolphinariumThis must-see attraction is where you can enjoy the aquarium’s impressive educational shows, which include demonstrations of the intelligence of dolphins as well as acrobatic feats by both humans and dolphins. It is sure to be unlike any other dolphin show you’ve ever seen before.
Temperate and TropicalOne of L'Oceanogràfic’s most popular buildings houses both temperate and tropical habitats, which are connected via a 70 m long underwater tunnel that allows visitors to be surrounded by sea creatures. It is also home to seals, leafy sea dragons, and the terrifying Japanese spider crab.
IslandsIf you love sea lions, you won’t want to miss this popular outdoor habitat.
WetlandsAnother interesting outdoor exhibit is the Wetlands habitat, which features a marshland and a mangrove swamp that are home to a variety of birds as well as turtles.
Animalia PassportIf you’re interested in having a one-of-a-kind experience at the aquarium, you can pay extra to enjoy the perks of the Animalia Passport, which allows you to spend about two hours with keepers who will introduce you to animals like seals, walruses, dolphins, and sea lions while teaching you fascinating facts about their behaviors and characteristics. These special tours take place on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 11:30, cost approximately €17 ($20) per person, and should be reserved well in advance since space is limited.
Practical InformationThe simplest and cheapest ways to reach L'Oceanogràfic are walking or cycling. If you don’t have a bicycle, you can rent one using Valenbisi, the city’s extensive bike sharing network. This method of transportation is highly recommended since it will allow you to explore the beautiful trails along the former bed of the Turia river and its many attractions.
By MetroYou can take Metrovalencia lines 3 and 5 to the Alameda station, which is approximately 15 minutes away from the City of Arts and Sciences on foot.
By BusAnother cheap way to reach L'Oceanogràfic is by using the EMT bus system. The 1, 13, 14, 15, 19, 35, 40, and 95 bus services all stop near the aquarium.
ParkingL'Oceanogràfic has its own designated parking area which costs between €2 ($2.30) and €3 ($3.45) per hour.
AddressCalle Eduardo Primo Yúfera, 1, 46013 Valencia, Spain
Opening HoursL'Oceanogràfic is open daily from 10:00 until between 18:00 and 24:00 depending on the season and day of the week.
PricesAdmission costs approximately €30 ($35) for adults and €21 ($24) for students and seniors.
Similar LandmarksThere are several other notable cultural institutions within the City of Arts and Sciences complex, including El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, L’Umbracle, Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe, and L'Hemisfèric
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Author: ehuttner. Last updated: Jun 30, 2015