Valencia

A fashionable Spanish city 
The maze-like Barrio del Carmen
The iconic Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias

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Valencia

The traces of a Roman and Moorish past

For many, Valencia’s enviable perch on the Mediterranean Sea would be enough of a draw in itself. Spain’s third-largest city and one of the main ports of call on an MSC Mediterranean cruise, Valencia has finally shaken off its former slightly provincial reputation.

In the last decade and a half, the vast, iconic Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias cultural complex has been established, the state-of-the-art metro has continued to expand and dozens of hip new bars, restaurants and boutiques have injected new life into the historic centre. Valencia has also fully redeveloped its beach and port area, as is evident even from your cruise ship


Nevertheless, despite its size and stylista cachet, Valencia retains an unpretentious if tangibly charged air. Valencia has long boasted some of the best nightlife in mainland Spain. The most atmospheric area of the city is undoubtedly the maze-like Barrio del Carmen (in Valenciano “de Carmé”), roughly north of the Mercado Central to the Río Turia, extending up to the Torres de Serranos and west to the Torres de Quart. This once-neglected quarter continues to undergo regeneration, as buildings are renovated and stylish cafés open up next to crumbling townhouses, all of which makes for an incredibly vibrant, alternative neighbourhood. 


The oldest part of Valencia is almost entirely encircled by a great loop of the Río Turia, which is now a landscaped riverbed park. In 1956, after serious flooding damaged much of the old town, the river was diverted. The ancient stone bridges remain, but the riverbed now houses cycle ways, footpaths and football pitches, as well as the astonishing Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias, Europe’s largest cultural complex. 


The architecture itself is simply stunning: it’s well worth the effort getting here to take in the eye-catching buildings surrounded by huge, shallow pools.

Must see places in Valencia

  • A paella

    A paella

  • The caves of San Jose

    The caves of San Jose

  • Oceanographic Museum

    Oceanographic Museum

Discover our excursions

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  • CITY TOUR

    CITY TOUR

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    Situated on the banks of the old course of the River Turia and originally settled by the Romans, the beautiful Mediterranean city of Valencia is well worth a visit. Your tour begins with a scenic coach trip through some of the city’s many lovely avenues a
    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$59.00Price per person

    • Children$42.00Price per person

  • TOUR OF VALENCIA & SAN JOSE’ CAVES

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

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    North to Valencia lies the wonderful region known as the Nature Reserve of Sierra de Espadán, the second-largest protected area in the autonomous community of Valencia. The world’s longest navigable underground river, the San José, flows through this huge
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4:30 h

    • Adults$69.00Price per person

    • Children$49.00Price per person

  • OCEANGRAPHIC MUSEUM

    FAMILY FUN

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    Leave the port for a fascinating sightseeing tour of Valencia, a city particularly known for its large historical quarter and the Gothic architecture of its buildings. Next on the itinerary is a visit to the Oceanographic Museum, which forms part of Valen
    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$75.00Price per person

    • Children$55.00Price per person

The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.

 

Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

Reach the port

Port of Valencia

This section contains information on how to reach the port.

Cruise Terminal:

Tras Mediterranea

Reach the port by

  • Car

    Valencia Port is easy to get to and well signposted from the city centre. Take the V30 highway if arriving from outside the city.
    Car

    Useful information

    VALET PARKING VALENCIA
     
    Calle Doctor Marcos Sopena, 25;
     
    Tel. + 34 93 511 37 43/62 679 70 56
     
     
    • The parking area is located inside the port
    • The parking staff will be waiting for you to lead you to the cruise terminal, at the end of your cruise the staff will bring you to the parking area where you will be able to collect your vehicle.
    Book your parking with MSC

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    VEHICLE DAYS RATES
    Car 8 € 70,00
    Suv 8 € 70,00
    Caravan 8 € 70,00
  • Train

    You can travel from Valencia’s main stations to the cruise terminal by Metro or taxi. There are taxi ranks just outside each of the stations. Depending on the station you initially arrive at in Valencia, you will want to take one of the following Metro lines to reach the port.
    From Joaquin Sorolla/Jesus Railway Station: line 5 directly to Grau/Canyamelar station. The Cruise terminal is 1.5 km south of this station.
    From the Norte Railway Station or Xativa Metro Station: lines 3 or 5 to Maritim-Serreria station, then take line 6 to Grau/Canyamelar station. The Cruise terminal is 1.5 km south of this station.
    Train
  • Plane

    Valencia’s Manises Airport is just 15 km (9 miles) from the port. If driving, follow the airport road to the junction with the V-30 Madrid-Valencia highway, which will take you directly to the port. Taxis are available immediately outside the airport buildings.  
    Travel time: about 25 minutes, depending on traffic.
    Plane

Spain

Love at first sight
Love at first sight

If you’re visiting Spain for the first time, be warned: this is a country that fast becomes an addiction. You might intend to come just for a cruise holiday, a walking tour or a city break, but before you know it you’ll find yourself hooked by something quite different – the celebration of some local fiesta, perhaps, or the otherworldly architecture of Barcelona.

Even in the most over-touristic Mediterranean resorts of the Costa del Sol, you’ll be able to find an authentic bar or restaurant where the locals eat, and a village not far away where an age-old bullfighting tradition owes nothing to tourism. 


A holiday to Spain can also show you the large cities of the north like Barcelona, which have reinvented themselves as essential cultural destinations (and don’t all close down for hours for a kip every afternoon). 


And when the world now looks to Spain for culinary inspiration – the country has some of the most acclaimed chefs and innovative restaurants in the world – it’s clear that things have changed. Spain, despite the current economic uncertainty, sees itself very differently from a generation ago. 

So should you – prepare to be surprised.

 
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