The stunning white avant-garde building is quite a site to see from afar. Designed and engineered by Santiago Calatrava, a Valencia native this building is truly worth a visit even if you do not plan to catch a show or performance. Reminiscent of the Sydney opera house, the building was meant to look like a ship. Here you can see mostly classical music performances and opera, and stupendous performances have been hosted here in the past, involving stalwarts such as Zubin Mehta and Placido Domingo.
Estadio Mestalla, the renowned football stadium in Valencia has a place of its own in the sporting arena of Spain. The home ground of Valencia CF is reigning in its glory of being one of the greatest and largest sporting avenues in Europe. With a crowd capacity of 49,500 and the special elevated seating arrangement, the stadium continues to provide exciting football actions.
This old theater was formerly for the working class. It was purchased and renovated by the Valencian government and only very recently reopened its doors. Fortunately, the remodeling undertaken did not destroy the modernist décor, but in fact, served to highlight its beauty. Today, this venue is among the favored theaters by both the general public and the actors who say that they love working there. Catch some of the most-awaited productions and zesty dance performances at this lovely venue.
Heinken Greenspace is a haven for lovers of all kinds of arts. Regularly hosting art exhibitions, shows, performances and live music concerts, those who love music and art will love to keep coming here. The hall plays a special role when it comes to cultural events in Valencia, having featured artists like Jamie Lidell, Derrick May and many more. Visit the venue website for information on latest schedules.
Located steps away from the City Center, the Loco Club hosts a bevy of musical concerts and live music shows in its spacious premises. The venue is equipped with advanced sound technology that ensures an exemplary acoustic experience. While you groove to the music, get a drink for yourself at any of the two bars. In the past, the club has hosted bands such as Bronco Bullfrog, Demenos, and The Dustaphonics, besides a few solo performances such as Daniel Romano, Lloyd Cole and Luke Winslow-King as well.
The private Olympia theater is owned by the Fayos family, and it has just celebrated its 80th anniversary. The family has always taken great care to offer a wide variety of spectacles that range from the most traditional to the most modern (musicals, operas, and classical theater productions). With these principles and the quality of the theater itself, the family manages to attract a varied audience who all enjoy this great theater's coziness and modern comforts. The entrance fee and schedule change according to the shows.
The Tinglado 2 is the latest addition to the open air event spaces in Valencia. Located right beside the Clock Building, the venue was the brain-child of Quiet Mundosenti 2Music. Primarily, the venue plays host to contemporary concerts, bringing to stage some of the best local talent. The venue is quickly gaining fame, and has become quite a popular base for local artists to showcase their talents at.
This small hall located right in the centre of Valencia, in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, belongs to a chain of theatres owned by the Valencian government. It is situated in the same building as the Sala Rialto. Because of its small size, its possibilities are limited, therefore it specializes in avant-garde productions. It is used mostly by Valencian theatre groups who put on experimental performances with unique staging arrangements, although on occasion you'll find vanguard groups from other places. It also serves as a cinema where they show new or never-seen cultural films. The entrance fee and schedule change according to the production.
The Filmoteca is temporarily closed for renovations. Screenings are now being held in the Salon de Actos de IVAM Calle Guillem de Castro 118, and the Institut Français, Moro Ziet 6. The Filmoteca is one of the oldest cinemas in Valencia. It's subsidised by the government of Valencia. This cinema bases its programme of films on already released films. These are usually included in seasons that correspond to an actor, a director, a theme, a cinematic tendency or a different school. These can be either foreign or Spanish productions. It's worth noting that it is one of the few cinemas that screen short films. It is, at the same time, one of the most active cinemas during the annual Muestra de Cine del Mediterranni (Mediterranean Film Festival).
Teatro Principal is Valencia's oldest theatre, opening in 1832. It was designed by Filippo Fontana, the painter and architect from Bologne. The first stone of the theatre was placed in January, 1808, and after years of problems and delays in its construction, it was finally inaugurated with a presentation of a comedy dedicated to the exaltation of Luis XIV. The theatre has preserved the original wooden gold boxes characteristic of the era, including the interior artwork. As its name indicates, it's the principal theatre in Valencia and it specializes in dramas and musicals. Admission and times vary depending on the show.
Located in the heart of Valencia, Cines Lys is a modern cinema complex with 14 movie halls that showcases commercial English and regional films. The movie theater is technologically well-equipped with advanced image and sound quality, and is a popular choice for most folks on the weekends. Cines Lys also includes within its premises a section called Mini Lys, a nifty play area where parents can leave their kids with reliable staff while they enjoy the movie.
The Plaza de Toros, situated next to the Estacion del Norte train station, was built between 1850 and 1860. Its architect, Sebastian Monleon, inspired by the iconic Colosseum in Rome and the Nimes amphitheatre, designed it in a neoclassical style with brick as the main material. This round bullring features segmental arches on the lower level and rises to three stories of arched levels, offering spectacular 360-degree views wherever you're seated. The plaza has a polygonal base, with 48 sides in total, based on an interior ring within the bullring itself and a massive 108-meter (354-foot) total diameter. It's perfectly suited to its function while at the same time there's a monumentalism to it, characteristic of 19th-century architecture. More than just a bullring, Plaza de Toros draws crowds for the famous 'matadors' who come for the Feria de Julio and Fallas festivals. The plaza also serves as site for the occasional circus, concert venue, or political rallies.