Ciudad de las Artes y las Cliencias, Valencia

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This is probably one of the most known attractions of Valencia. It’s a science and art complex by famous architect Santiago Calatrava. He is one of the biggest, most known and richest architects of today – but probably also the most hated. His buildings (maybe the better word would be structures) are admittedly astonishing and very impressive, but they are also very, very expensive and some forms are simply not justified. I do like his white structures, but they are maybe too extravagant and not very practical, which I’d say is more important in architecture. It is worth visiting, but maybe I wouldn’t go and commission him myself. :)

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The complex is located in Turia gardens that are a large urban park designed where river Turia used to flow.Many people walk, run, cycle and play sports there so we decided to do that as well and rented bikes for a day. This was a first for me – I never rent bikes when traveling because I think you miss too much, especially where there are many people and you really have to watch where you’re going. But biking in the park was really nice and we were way less tired than we’d have been if we walked.

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