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Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Living near to Valencia’s atmospheric City of Arts of Sciences

Jardines del Turia, the former Turia riverOne of the most prominent areas of expansion in the city of Valencia is the neighbourhood surrounding the City of Arts of Sciences. Designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, this ensemble of buildings comprises the Hemisfèric, housing the IMAX cinema, Umbracle, the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum, the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, the Oceanogràfic, a spectacular aquarium with a variety of aquatic ecosystems from across the globe, and the Ágora, host to several indoor tennis tournaments over the years in Valencia.  The ineludible presence of this complex is one of the main attractions for those who want move to the area; the luxury penthouses available in the vicinity boast unbeatable views of this Avant-garde structure. Out of the of streets bordering the complex, the Avenida de Francia has to be the most important, home to a recently constructed buildings, barely 10 years of age, as well as a host of services including hotels, shopping centres and a wide selection of restaurants, bars and cafés.

City of Arts and SciencesThe area surrounding the City of Arts and Sciences is also particularly appealing to sports lovers; the former Turia river makes for the perfect green setting for a stroll, a jog or perhaps a bike ride all the way to the Parque de Cabecera. Cycling aficionados will also appreciate the bicycle track, which if taken in the opposite direction leads to the nearby town of El Saler, ideal for a day on the beach. Recharge your batteries here before continuing the bike ride, if you are of the sporty-type, to Mareny Blau or even Cullera, although to get to this further town it is recommended you use a road bike.

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