The Oceanogràfic, the largest aquarium in Europe. Located in the City of Arts and Sciences, it houses more than 45,000 specimens of 500 species and 42 million liters of water. It is also one of the largest in the world.
Launched on February 14, 2003, it faithfully represents marine ecosystems and habitats: the Mediterranean, wetlands, temperate and tropical seas, the Red Sea, the oceans, Antarctic and Arctic, and islands. During the tour of the 110,000 square meters of the enclosure, the visitor observes belugas, penguins, walruses, dolphins, sea lions, seals, sharks, saw fish, rays, jellyfish or starfish.
You can also see reptiles such as crocodiles, or typical birds of humid areas: tropical mangroves or Albufera de Valencia itself. The dolphinarium completes the offer of activities of the largest aquarium in Europe.
The space has a recreational and educational vocation, in addition to raising awareness of the need to protect the fauna and flora of the seas and oceans. Reference place for scientific research, as well as for the recovery of wounded animals or endangered species.
This environmental awareness is reflected in the water, from the sea, filtered to maintain quality in the care of the different species that inhabit the Oceanogràfic, the largest aquarium in Europe.
Eight different habitats
Mediterranean: Almost 8,000 specimens of fish and invertebrates spread over nine aquariums show the biological wealth of the Mare Nostrum.
Wetlands: A spectacular 26 meter high sphere simulates two of the most unique wetland environments on the planet: the American mangrove swamp and the Mediterranean marsh.
Temperate and Tropical: A journey from the temperate regions of the Pacific and the Atlantic to the warm waters of the Indian and the Caribbean, through a 70-meter underwater tunnel, the longest in Europe.
Oceans: A journey through the Atlantic, from the Canary Islands to Bermuda, through a tunnel of 7 million cubic meters of water in which examples of bull shark, gray shark or sunfish are contemplated.
Antarctic: Recreation of the cold, natural habitat of the penguin colony that plays in the area.
Arctic: Under a large igloo dome, walruses and the only family of belugas in Europe can be seen.
Islands: Area located outdoors, this installation references the islands of the South American coast, with Patagonian sea lions as protagonists.
Restaurant, Auditorium and dolphinarium
Five pools to house around thirty dolphins. The Dolphinarium is one of the claims of the Oceanogràfic. Finally, the ‘Red Sea’ Auditorium, a room with a capacity for 466 people and a scallop-shaped roof. Its aquarium represents the Red Sea. In recent years, it has hosted the Awards Ceremony for the champions of the Motorcycle World Championship.
In the main building, emblem of the Oceanogràfic for its lily-shaped cover, is the Submarine Restaurant, which has an aquarium that surrounds the dining room.