If you clicked through our pictorial of Valencia’s futuristic City of Arts and Sciences, then you might have noticed a shot of the Oceanogràfic, Europe’s largest aquarium complex. The City of Arts and Sciences graciously granted us free entry to the Oceanogràfic so that we could share this attraction with our readers.
The Oceanogràfic is a bit hard to classify as it is really more than just an aquarium but not quite on the same scale as an American-style ocean theme park such as Sea World. The complex includes displays on the world’s main marine eco-systems, including a wonderful example of the kelp forests of California which left me feeling seriously scuba-homesick.
Highlights of the Oceanogràfic include a dolphinarium, a huge beluga exhibit, and two exceptional walk-through aquarium tunnels not to mention the avant-garde architecture by Félix Candela. There’s also an underwater restaurant if you’re feeling hungry.
My favorite tunnel exhibit featured an amazing selection of pelagics, including rays, a variety of sharks and several sunfish. (Honestly, the €27.90 entry ticket would have been worth it to us for the sunfish alone. But of course, we are both serious sunfish fans.) There’s plenty more – an aviary, penguins, jellyfish, seadragons – to keep people entertained and intrigued for hours.
We enjoyed it so much, we decided to put together a very tranquil video (with sunfish footage) showing some of what the Oceanogràfic has to offer.