Located in the old bed of the river Túria, along its 35,000 m2, visitors can enjoy the Palau de les Arts, l’Hemisfèric, the Principe Felipe Science Museum, l’Umbracle or l’Oceanogràfic.
However, since last April, this space has been dressed up to receive a very special visitor: the coronavirus vaccine. Every day, hundreds of residents of the city go to this vaccine field to receive their dose.
“Excuse me, where is the vaccination?” Is one of the most frequent questions among young people who come to the place. The lines of cars are concentrated at the entrance of the enclosure. Some arrive scared to receive the puncture, while others leave happy to see that the end of this pandemic is closer and closer.
Near them, and oblivious to what is happening, there are some tourists who visit the place. Equipped with their cameras or mobiles, they photograph any minute detail and meet the residents of the city who, at a fast pace and with the vaccination card in hand, return to their tasks.
However, some take advantage of the summons to enjoy the environment, even for a few moments. How was the puncture? Do you want us to have something? » a mother asks two young people. He acknowledges that “the transformation into a vaccination center is surprising, but it is also an incentive for businesses.”
The workers believe it too. “We have noticed an increase in the influx of people since the vaccination began,” they point out. They appreciate this measure because “otherwise the situation would be worse” and emphasize the “great effort made by those in charge of security.”
The City of Arts and Sciences also confirm that ticket sales have increased, which they attribute “not only to mass vaccination, but also to the easing of restrictions.”
After a long day of vaccination, tourists flooded this space again. Vaccines give way to photographs. The City of Arts and Sciences will once again become a leisure space until next Monday, when the toilets return to work.