One of the region’s top attractions, the City of Arts and Sciences is the perfect addition to your school trip to Valencia. This unique and modern complex devoted to the sciences and arts comprises five main elements; the Hemisfèric (IMAX cinema and digital projections), the Umbracle (a vantage point with an exhibition zone from which all the buildings, lakes, walkways, and landscaped areas of the City of Arts and Sciences can be viewed), the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum (an entertaining, innovative and interactive science museum which covers everything to do with life, science, and technology), the Oceanográfico (the largest aquarium in Europe with over 500 marine species) and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía (a multi auditorium space dedicated to the performing arts, notably opera). This excursion is suitable for any school trip to Valencia, but highly recommended for those looking for a science focus to their tour.
Covering 8,160 square metres and the largest market of its kind in Europe, the Mercado Central brings together almost 1000 stalls under one roof. Since its opening in 1928, the market has played an important role in the sale of fresh produce in the city and for years has been a major cultural and tourist attraction not only for foreign visitors but also for the people of Valencia. An attractive piece of architecture, the market hall is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in Valencia. A visit to the market will give Spanish learners the perfect opportunity to practise their language skills, see how the locals shop, and buy provisions for a picnic or for lunch. Open Monday – Saturday, 0700 – 1500, entry is free of charge.
The Mestalla stadium is home to FC Valencia, Spain’s third most supported football team. While the Nou Mestalla (the team’s new stadium) is being built, pupils have the opportunity to explore this 90 year old stadium, which is able to seat 55,000 fans. Groups can visit the changing rooms, press room and pitch, walk through the players’ tunnel, sit on the benches and view the private and presidential boxes. There is also an interesting exhibition about the club’s illustrious past and achievements over the years. This enjoyable excursion can be included in any school trip to Valencia, and is open all year round, although visiting hours are subject to match fixtures and special events at the stadium.
A full day of fun featuring the 60-m Bridal Veil waterfall, swim the Blue Lagoon natural springs, explore the caves and get a free fish pedicure. See the breath-taking canyons, be amazed by the massive Pony Tail horizontal geyser and the pristine beauty of the dam. For lunch, an optional stop at a tapas place in a charming village near the springs can be offered.
The Oceanografic of the City of Arts and Sciences is the largest aquarium in Europe and contains representatives of the world’s main marine ecosystems. Each building is identified with the following aquatic environments: the Mediterranean, Wetlands, Temperate and Tropical Seas, Oceans, the Antarctic, the Arctic, Islands, and the Red. A spectacular sphere 26 metres in height simulates two of the most singular wetland areas on the planet: mangrove swamps and fens. A large dome by way of an igloo represents the Arctic region. Underwater Restaurant, located in the centre of the complex, is the most emblematic building of the Oceanografic owing to its unique roof designed by Felix Candela. It represents a paraboloid figure similar to that of a water lily, and contains a large aquarium on the ground floor that fits perfectly into the whole of its perimeter.
Each March Valencia celebrates the noisy and colourful festival of Las Fallas – where giant, often comical or satirical papier-mâché statues are set alight on every other street corner and fireworks explode all through the night. This unique museum is dedicated to all things ‘Fallas’ and houses a fascinating collection of the ‘pardoned ninots’ – or statues which have been chosen to be saved from the flames, pictures of the best ninots over the years and various fallas memorabilia. An enjoyable excursion, which is suitable for any school trip to Valencia, but highly recommended for art tours or for Spanish language tours.
Lying to the south of the city of Valencia, the Albufera freshwater lagoon is one of the most important nature areas in the Land of Valencia. A slim strip of coastline protects it from the sea, and on this strip of land, sand dunes have formed, plus a curious Mediterranean pine forest growing in sandy soil with rich shrubbery. This area is called the Devesa del Saler, a word derived from a kind of pastureland. Three canals (two natural and a third man-made), connect the lagoon and surrounding wetlands with the sea, and each has its own characteristic flora and fauna.
For many, this is one of the best beaches in Spain. One of the treasures of Jávea, Cala Granadella has a deserved reputation for the spectacular beauty of the place where it is and the incredible color of its waters. Let us take your group and have the most refreshing and fun day at this incredible paradise.