The interesting and uniquely shaped aquarium in Valencia is officially called L’Oceanografic and is a very popular open air marine park. Located in the huge City of Arts and Sciences complex the aquarium is officially the largest of its kind in the EU, and also one of the largest worldwide. The park attracts a large amount of visitors daily. Its unique design has led it to be compared to Barcelona’s landmark signature buildings designed by Gaudi, and Oceanografic’s designer Felix Candela has created a similar masterpiece. The City of Arts and Sciences complex is very easily accessible to those coming from Valencia by public transport or on foot via the Turia gardens. The Aquarium has a good range of facilities in order to welcome its many visitors including ocean themed restaurants and bars which have viewing tanks integrated into the walls.
What to see at the Oceanografic
The aquarium is itself divided up into different areas each with special features to delight adults and children alike. Officially called ‘Mediterranean’ the aquariums themselves house sea life typical to the Mediterranean region including some beautiful fish and scorpions. The Ocean section is a thrill for the kids as they can see the penguins act as if they were in the wild and watch them flop into the water or lounge on the rocks. The Arca del Mar section is an area dedicated to maintaining many different ocean creatures that are unfortunately in danger of becoming extinct and the Oceanographico area shows good examples of wetlands and natural swamps.
From Oceanographico, head to the Artic section which has been constructed in the style of an igloo.