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Oceanogràfic – Exploring the Magical World of Aquarium Valencia

Have you ever dreamed of embarking on a magical underwater journey, exploring the breathtaking beauty and diversity of marine life?

Aquarium Valencia, the largest aquarium complex in Europe, offers you a once-in-a-lifetime experience, with inspiring exhibits and attractions that bring you face-to-face with over 45,000 incredible marine animals from all corners of our planet’s seas and oceans. Located in the City of Arts and Sciences, this world-class aquarium complex features ten areas representing different marine ecosystems, from the sparkling Mediterranean to the icy Arctic. Get ready to dive into an unforgettable adventure, as we guide you through the enchanting world of Aquarium Valencia.

Short Summary

  • Explore Aquarium Valencia’s 45,000 marine animals and 26-meter glass wall entrance for an unforgettable experience.
  • Journey through vibrant coral reefs, mysterious underwater caves & magnificent sea anemones while engaging with majestic sharks.
  • Enjoy extended hours in the summer season, prebooked tickets & discounts as you dine at casual hotdog stands or luxurious Underwater Restaurant to support conservation efforts of our marine environment.

Imagine stepping into an underwater world of wonder, where ten incredible areas represent the diverse oceans and seas of our amazing planet. Welcome to Aquarium Valencia, a world-class spectacular aquarium complex located in the heart of the City of Arts and Sciences, boasting over 45,000 fascinating marine animals from various ecosystems such as the stunning Mediterranean habitats, the awe-inspiring polar oceans, the vibrant tropical seas, and the fascinating Red Sea.

Designed by renowned architect Félix Candela, the entrance to this remarkable complex features a spectacular circular entrance with 26-meter glass walls, allowing you to marvel at the breathtaking beauty of the marine life as you embark on your underwater journey. The Central Lake in Oceanografic is a beautiful recreation of a sea, enveloping all the themed different buildings with its coasts and islands, making your exploration an unforgettable experience.

The Entire Complex

The Oceanografic complex is thoughtfully organized on two levels, with the upper level showcasing the open-air exhibitions and the lower level housing all the fascinating aquariums. Central Lake, a stunning recreation of a sea, forms the heart of the complex, with its coasts and islands enveloping all the themed buildings, providing a truly immersive underwater experience. Connecting these incredible themed buildings are wooden walkways, providing convenient access to the different aquarium areas. This unique layout allows you to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of the marine world, making it easy to explore the complex and discover the wonders of each themed area.

Journey Through Marine Habitats

Spectacular aquarium with shark
Spectacular aquarium with shark

Embarking on your journey through Aquarium Valencia’s marine habitats, you’ll find yourself in the Mediterranean aquariums, featuring various shores and pools that showcase amazing species like sea turtles, seals, and zebra sharks. The Oceanogràfic of Valencia has something for everyone, with the Arctic Ocean, Red Sea, Mediterranean, and Wetlands all offering a wonderful experience for visitors of all ages.

In addition to marveling at the beautiful marine life, you’ll also learn about the importance of conservation efforts at Oceanografic Valencia. Many species, such as the sea turtles, have been rescued from hazardous environments and lovingly cared for here, showcasing the aquarium’s commitment to protecting and preserving our oceans.

Mediterranean Marvels

As you explore the Mediterranean marvels of Aquarium Valencia, prepare to be amazed by the stunning exhibits of Mediterranean marine life, such as the magnificent Mediterranean snakelocks sea anemone. The incredible marine areas encompass the diverse Mediterranean habitats, showcasing the beauty and complexity of this vital ecosystem. You’ll be transported to the shores of the Mediterranean, with breathtaking exhibits that capture the essence of this iconic sea. From vibrant coral reefs to mysterious underwater caves, the Mediterranean marvels of Aquarium Valencia provide an unforgettable adventure for the whole family.

Wetlands Wonders

A stunning image of a colorful school of fish swimming in the Aquarium Valencia
A stunning image of a colorful school of fish swimming in the Oceanografic Valencia

Next on your journey, you’ll discover the Wetlands area of Aquarium Valencia, an incredible open-air aquarium and wetland that showcases a variety of aquatic locations, such as mangrove swamps and Mediterranean marshes. The Wetlands area is a thriving habitat for over 500 different species, offering a unique opportunity to observe these fascinating creatures in their natural environment.

From the lush greenery of the mangrove swamps to the serene beauty of the Mediterranean marsh, the Wetlands Wonders of Aquarium Valencia provide a captivating glimpse into some of the most important marine ecosystems on our planet.

Unforgettable Encounters with Marine Life

Prepare to be amazed by unforgettable encounters with marine life at Aquarium Valencia. The “shark encounters” program, available only for qualified divers, offers a thrilling experience with these majestic creatures. You can also marvel at a diverse array of marine life from different ecosystems around the world, including dolphins, beluga whales, penguins, sea lions, and turtles.

The tunnels and domes throughout the complex provide a fantastic opportunity for visitors to explore the submarine world, getting up close and personal with the incredible marine life that calls Aquarium Valencia home. From the graceful movements of sea turtles to the playful antics of penguins, you’ll be truly mesmerized by these unforgettable encounters.

Engaging Exhibits and Attractions

Engaging exhibits and attractions in Aquarium Valencia
Engaging exhibits and attractions in Oceanografic

The engaging exhibits and attractions at Oceanografic Valencia continue to captivate visitors as they journey through temperate and tropical zones, including the Indo-Pacific and the Caribbean. With fascinating exhibits such as sea turtles, kelp forests, Izu Peninsula, seal exhibitions, and the Aquarium of the Senses, you’ll be immersed in a world of wonder as you explore the Passage across the Atlantic Ocean, Indo-Pacific, and Caribbean. The Central Lake, beautifully recreating a sea with its coasts and islands, envelops all the themed buildings in a magical way, providing a stunning backdrop for your exploration of the engaging exhibits and attractions at Aquarium Valencia.

Dining Experiences at Aquarium Valencia

Dining experiences at Aquarium Valencia with its underwater restaurant
Dining experiences at Aquarium Valencia with its underwater restaurant

After a day of exploring the underwater world, you’ll surely work up an appetite. Luckily, Aquarium Valencia offers a wide range of dining experiences, from casual hotdog stands to the luxurious Submarino restaurant, where you can enjoy your meal with a view of the underwater world. Choose from delightful dining options such as the Underwater Restaurant, Oceans Restaurant, and La Lonja Restaurant, all offering a unique culinary experience. For a truly unforgettable dining experience, we highly recommend making a reservation at the Underwater Restaurant. Here, you can marvel at the beauty of the aquarium’s marine life while savoring a delicious meal, creating a memorable dining experience like no other.

Conservation Efforts and Education

Conservation efforts and education in Aquarium Valencia
Conservation efforts and education in Aquarium Valencia

At Aquarium Valencia, not only can you enjoy the beauty of the marine world, but you can also learn about the important conservation efforts being made to protect our oceans and their inhabitants. The Arctic section of the complex is home to majestic walruses and belugas, showcasing the unique and fragile ecosystems of the polar regions.

The Oceanogràfic Foundation, an organization devoted to the preservation of our marine environment, is actively involved in sustainable fishing, a recovery center for marine fauna, protection and breeding of endangered species, and monitoring and restoring animal habitats. Through pioneering scientific research and educational programs, Aquarium Valencia aims to inspire a passion for the ocean and raise awareness of the importance of conserving biodiversity.

Accommodations Near Aquarium Valencia

Accommodations near Oceanografic Valencia
Accommodations near Oceanografic Valencia

To make your visit to Aquarium Valencia even more enjoyable, consider staying at one of the amazing accommodations nearby. Options such as Hotel ILUNION Aqua 4, Hotel Valencia Oceanic affiliated with Melia, Barcelo Valencia, and Hotel Primus Valencia are all excellent choices, with many also offering holiday rentals for added convenience. With comfortable and luxurious accommodations just a stone’s throw away from the aquarium, you’ll be able to fully immerse yourself in the magical underwater world of Aquarium Valencia.

Capturing the Beauty of Aquarium Valencia

Capturing the beauty of Oceanografic Valencia with its marine life
Capturing the beauty of Oceanografic Valencia with its marine life

The beauty of Aquarium Valencia is evident in every corner of the complex, with the Red Sea underwater auditorium being a prime example. Seating 440 guests, this incredible space allows you to witness divers feeding the animals while you marvel at the vibrant marine life in the Red Sea aquarium. Another must-see attraction is the beautiful outdoor freshwater lake, teeming with pelicans and flamingos. The walkways surrounding the lake offer a wonderful opportunity for up-close viewing of these enchanting birds, providing a truly captivating experience as you capture the beauty of Aquarium Valencia.

Marine Environment and Fauna Conservation Activities

Marine environment and fauna conservation activities in Aquarium Valencia
Marine environment and fauna conservation activities in Aquarium Valencia

Aquarium Valencia goes beyond offering a mesmerizing underwater experience by actively engaging in marine environment and fauna conservation activities. With two research laboratories dedicated to the conservation and recuperation of endangered species, the aquarium is committed to preserving the beauty and diversity of our oceans.

In addition to their research efforts, Aquarium Valencia offers educational programs, workshops, and activities designed to inspire a passion for the ocean and its inhabitants. By fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of the marine world, the aquarium hopes to inspire the next generation of ocean advocates dedicated to protecting and preserving our planet’s most precious resource.


As we’ve journeyed through the magical world of Aquarium Valencia, we’ve explored breathtaking exhibits, encountered incredible marine life, and learned about the vital conservation efforts taking place to protect our oceans. From the stunning Mediterranean marvels to the captivating Wetlands wonders, every corner of this world-class aquarium complex offers an unforgettable experience that will stay with you long after your visit.

Practical information for visitors to Aquarium Valencia
Practical information for visitors to Aquarium Valencia

We hope this guide has inspired you to embark on your own underwater adventure at Aquarium Valencia. Whether you’re a seasoned marine enthusiast or a first-time visitor, there’s always something new and exciting to discover in this enchanting world beneath the waves. Dive in, and let the magic of Aquarium Valencia captivate your imagination and ignite your passion for our planet’s most precious resource: our oceans.

Practical Information for Visitors

If you want to visit Aquarium Valencia it is best to buy your ticket in advance. You will then avoid standing in a long queue and avoid the risk that all admission tickets have been sold out. You will then avoid standing in a long queue and avoid the risk that all tickets have been sold out.

  • Opening hours: Monday-Friday: 10 AM – 6:00 PM. Weekends: 10 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Address: C/ d’Eduardo Primo Yúfera, 1B, 46013 València, Valencia, Hiszpania
  • Buy Tickets on GetYourGuide

Aquarium Valencia on a map

Discover Valencian Community

Each region of Spain is divided into provinces. Their names often coincide with the names of their main cities. Valencian Community is divided into three provinces, each of which has different tourist attractions and interesting places to offer:
ProvinceTourist attractions and interesting places
ValenciaCity of Arts and Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias), Valencia Oceanarium, BIOPARC Valencia, Mercado Central in Valencia, Turia Gardens, Valencia CathedralPopular cities: Valencia 
AlicanteSanta Barbara Castle (Castillo de Bárbara), Canelobre Caves, Explanada de España, Volvo Ocean Race Museum, Puerto de Alicante, Terra Mítica Amusement Park, El Peñón de Ifach Natural park, beaches in Alicante (i.e. Playa del Postiguet, Playa de San Juan), Torrevieja (i.e. El Cura, Playa de la Mata, Playa de los Locos), Granadella (Playa de la Granadella) in Jávea.Popular cities: Alicante, Benidorm, Torrevieja, Jávea, Santa Pola, Elche, Villajoyosa, Calpe, El Campello, Altea, San Juan de Alicante, Guardamar del Segura, La Marina, San Miguel de Salinas, Sant Vicent del Raspeig, Pilar de la Horadada, Cabo Roig, Ciudad Quesada, L'Alfàs del Pi, komarka Baix Vinalopó
CastellónPopular cities: Castellón de la Plana

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Jessica Alvaro
Jessica Alvaro
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