Spending an afternoon at the Oceanografic when visiting Valencia is definitely worth it! This is the biggest aquarium in Europe, with 45,000 creatures from 500 different species. You will see the underwater world of different areas such as the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, Oceans, Tropical Seas and more.
How to get to the Oceanogràfic
The Oceanogràfic is located in the eastern part of the city, at the end of the Turia Gardens, close to the port of Valencia.
Address: Carrer Eduardo Primo Yúfera 1, CP 46013 Valencia
There are several ways to get to the Oceanogràfic Valencia:
If you are planning on discovering Valencia with the Hop on Hop off bus, you can use this ticket to travel to Oceanografic as this bus passes the aquarium. If this is a good option for you, it´s best to buy a combi ticket: hop on hop off bus + entrance Oceanografic. With a combi ticket you will save some money! 🙂
2.By public transport
If you don´t want to use the tourist bus, you can take the regular bus for 1.50 euros per person. Both line 15 and line 95 stop at the door of the aquarium.
Recommendation: If you often want to use public transport, it can be useful to buy the Valencia Tourist Card. This allows you to use all public transport and you also have free entree to 20 museums and monuments and discounts on many attractions and activities.
If you have rented a car during your stay in Valencia, you can easily take it to Oceanografic as it has enough parking space. Parking costs € 2.30 per hour (maximum € 24 per day). But if you show your entrance ticket at the entrance, they charge a fixed rate of 7 euros for the whole day.
As Valencia is a flat city, cycling is a frequently used means of transport. In about 15 minutes from the center of the city you can reach Oceanografic.
5. On foot
If you like to walk, it is also an option to go on foot. To give you an idea: from Plaza del Ayuntamiento to Oceanogràfic it is a 45-minute walk. The easiest way to get to the aquarium, is to walk the entire riverbed. If you walk till the end of the Turia gardens, you will see Oceanografic automatically :).
Tickets for the Oceanografic
|Oceanografic + tourist bus||€ 44.00|
|Oceanografic + science museum||€ 32.80|
The rate is reduced for:
-Children from 4 to 12 years old (children from 0 to 3 years old have free entrance)
-People aged 65 and over
-People with Disabilities
How do you buy your tickets for the aquarium?
It is recommended to buy your tickets online and not at the box office. There will be no price difference, but at the checkout you will probably have to wait in a long row.
- On this page you can buy your ticket Oceanografic
- On this page you can buy your combi-ticket Oceanografic + tourist bus
- On this page you can buy your combi-ticket Oceanografic + science museum
What you will see in Oceanografic
The Mediterranean is the first area you will discover when entering Oceanogràfic. This area has nine aquariums inhabited by more than 7,000 specimens of the Mediterranean. You will see emblematic fishes and other creatures, including the jellyfish.
Wetlands are one of the richest, most productive ecosystems on the planet. The habitats of this area can be found in a 26 meter high sphere, isolated from the rest of the Oceanografic areas. A free tour is given every 15 minutes. It’s definitely worth waiting in the line for it as you can spot beautiful exotic birds!
The area dedicated to the oceans is the largest aquarium in the Oceanogràfic and one of the most striking because it is full of sharks. If you were afraid of Steven Spielberg’s movie Shark, think twice before entering because you will have to walk through a 35-meter tunnel. 😉
Tropical seas have an average surface water temperature of 25 °C. These warm waters ensure the development of the largest biodiversity on earth. You will find many tropical fish, such as the famous fish from the movie Nemo.
The crocodile area
You can see crocodiles just outside the shark area. However, don’t expect the crocodiles to move around a lot, as during the day they usually lie in the sun like lizards. 😜
You immediately recognize the Arctic! It is a gigantic igloo of twelve meters high, divided into two levels. It represents the ecosystem in which the beluga family lives: beautiful animals that always seem to smile.
You probably already expect what you will see here: penguins! The biodiversity at the South Pole is not very high, but the biomass is. Six months a year, the night isn´t part of the South Pole and the fact that light lasts for so long generates explosions of plankton which constitute the basis of life for many other species.
In this area you will learn to distinguish a seal from a sea lion. Because while they may seem the same to you at first glance, they are two completely different species. Do you think you can tell them apart?
This area has an aquarium that represents the coral reefs of the original Red Sea. Also located here is Spain’s largest 4D cinema, where a four-dimensional movie is broadcast daily with admission (€ 3) paid separately.
Live demonstrations of the incredible intelligence of dolphins are held in the dolphinarium of Oceanografic. It´s the largest dolphinarium of Europe!
Oceanogràfic is open every day of the year from 10 a.m. However, closing times vary between 6:00 PM and 10:00 PM, depending on the season. In addition, the Oceanogràfic does not close until 00:00 on certain days of the year. Via the following link you can view the calendar with opening hours.
Hotels close to Oceanografic
Would you like to stay in a hotel close to Oceanografic? A wide variety of apartments and hotels can be found near the City of Art and Science. I recommend the following hotels and apartment:
The two 4-star hotels also have an outdoor pool!
Enjoy your day out at Oceanografic!
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