Though Asturias is renowned for is paradisiacal natural surroundings there is plenty to explore at its cultural centres too. Here a much more human look at the area, Spain and even further afield occurs with varying exhibits and locations with a great range of specialities. From pure historical education to modern and practical learning at its best sites there is a takeaway for everyone and lots to do in-between. Whether you are someone who likes to museum hop alone or you are bringing the family for a day out there is plenty of selection and facilities that will suit your needs.
One of only two pieces of work in Spain by Oscar Niemeyer; a Brazilian Architect who this location is named after. This unquestionably contemporary building looks wonderfully futuristic amongst the backdrop of the storied Spanish buildings that flank it. With its dome shaped rooms and hovering snake-like walkways the entire place looks like something from a 1970s science fiction film and is a marvel all of its own. Inside however there is plenty more to see and do as the centre is home to exceptional works by creators of all fields. Their lobby serves as an exhibition space where you will get your first taste of what is to come. One of its greatest rooms is the democratic hall which is a theatre space that has done away with the balcony and box areas for a more egalitarian approach to seating. This space is used for film, live shows and more but isn’t the only functional room in the building. The balcony tower is also a much loved attraction for visitors, its large disc shaped viewing area houses a 360 degree perspective over the city below, while half of the rooms is used by their gourmet restaurant so you can dine in style why you soak up the view.
It may seem like an oddly broad name for a museum but Life Park tackles so many different areas that it actually makes sense here. Expect to learn about everything from what occurs on the bottom of the ocean to what happens in space in this fun centre of discovery that is packed full of scientific knowledge that will make your brain happily swell as you exit. See fossils face to face in all their forms from tiny lifeforms trapped in rocks to the teeth of prehistoric beasts. Learn how people hunted the whale in the past and all the useful things the creatures were used for. Rocket lovers will enjoy seeing the fuselage from the Ariane V here in an area dedicated to the science of aeronautics, here you can also see the satellites that circle our planet with the tracking system. For more space fun enter the planetarium for a life like panoramic view of the night sky where you can see the paths of planets stars and more. One of Life Parks best features however is its dedication to the giant squid, the centre houses the biggest collection of them and also has a species known as the mighty Kraken.