Valencia has built a futuristic City of Arts and Sciences, including a planetarium, an aquarium, an opera house, and an interactive science museum, all located in the Turia river bed, now dry, turned into a fabulous park. The river was prone to floods and has previously caused significant property damage and death. Tiring of this after a particularly large flood in 1957, Valencia diverted the river out of the city and turned the riverbed into a great playground for the people.
It takes a while to walk out of the port, but eventually, we arrive at the riverbed and the City of Arts and Sciences. We first come across the Assut de l'Or Bridge (El Ponto de l'Assut de l'Or), crossing the dry riverbed between the Science Museum and the Ágora concert/exhibition/sport center. Built in stages between 1994 and 2009, the City of Arts and Sciences is a key tourist destination in Valencia, but we're here for a day to walk around and experience the city, so we just wander through the complex and don't enter any of the enticing buildings (we need to come back).
Ágora center on one side, Oceanographic museum behind it
Principe Felipe Science Museum on the other side
El Ponto de l'Assut de l'Or
Walkway past the science museum
Alongside is the Umbracle, a huge, open-access garden of sculptures amid plants indigenous to Valencia, designed for wandering, admiring the art, or sitting and enjoying the Mediterranean weather
Palau de les Arts
Water features everywhere
More water features along the paths
Guilliver (from Gulliver's Travels) as a playground
And, expansive views