Already impressive from the outside, L'Oceanogràfic is still quite more than meets the eye. That’s because beneath its undulating roof live 45,000 animals from some 500 different species, all which swim in a total of 11 million gallons of water. The oceanarium, which opened in 2003, is the largest of its kind in Europe, and arguably the most popular destination at Valencia’s futuristic complex of buildings, The City of Arts and Sciences.
L'Oceanogràfic is broken out into ten different areas that cover the world’s main marine ecosystems, from the Mediterranean to the oceans, the Red Sea and more. Turtles, sharks, whales, dolphins, walruses, and even birdlife native to the various ecosystems, are just a few of the critters that call this water world home. And native habitats are on display too, including mangrove swamps and marshland.