A city which has everything to offer its younger visitors
Valencia offers numerous possibilities which are tailor-made for children. Throughout the whole length and breadth of the city there are numerous parks and gardens to enhance the urban landscape and offer a setting for recreation.
Younger visitors are guaranteed fun in the Parque Gulliver (Gulliver’s Park) children's play complex, with the giant himself transformed into slides, and also containing a model of the city and surrounded by a mini golf course, giant chessboard, skating ramps, and endless games to enjoy throughout these gardens in the heart of the city. Other outstanding green areas to visit include the Botanical Gardens, considered one of the best-stocked and most interesting botanical gardens in Europe; the Monforte gardens, in the neoclassical style; or the extensive Turia gardens. Animal lovers should definitely make for the Bioparc, one of the new generations of zoos based on the concept of zoo-immersion, where visitor are submerged in the wild habitats, and all the bars separating the animals from the humans are completely concealed.
In the tributaries of what was once the old riverbed stands one of the most avant-garde symbols of modern Valencia, the Arts and Sciences Centre. Surprising both for its dimensions and its architecture, this site offers visitors the chance to enjoy 3-D films and other screen offerings in the L’Hemisfèric Cinema-Planetarium, learn interactively about science in the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum, and marvel at the L’Oceanogràfic, Europe’s largest aquarium.
Valencia’s festive calendar also offers lots for children, who take an active part in the children's fallas bonfire festival, which includes all kinds of special activities for younger visitors. What’s more, most of the cinemas in the city screen films in special children's matinees on weekends and public holidays. And throughout the year –but particularly in summer– children and grown-ups can enjoy the wonderful urban beaches of Levante and Malvarrosa.
In Valencia’s Oceanogràfic aquarium you can spend the night surrounded by sharks, and sleep within sight of their aquarium
Portaalin hoitaja: Sociedad Estatal para la Gestión de la Innovación y las Tecnologías Turísticas, S.A. (SEGITTUR)