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Valencia Cruise Port Guide

The sights and sounds of Valencia, Spain are ones you’ll never forget. The chatter of shoppers haggling at Mercado Central. The smell of freshly cooked paella wafting through a restaurant window. The taste of a strong coffee early in the morning on a walk to La Lonja de la Seda. These simple pleasures make cruises to Valencia, Spain a must-experience destination as a stop on any Mediterranean cruise. Sure, there’s sexy Barcelona and ever-popular Madrid, but Valencia remains the artsier, more coastal sibling to Spain’s major metropolises. 

In Valencia, dinner is served after 9pm, and the art of tapas is strictly followed. An afternoon siesta is never discouraged, and staying out until the sun rises is all part of the fun. Disco bars and after-midnight meetups for drinks are how the locals do it. Or, take a sleepier approach to your time in Valencia, spending the day sunbathing at Playa La Malvarrosa or touring the city’s historic cathedrals. There’s something for all energy levels and interests in Valencia.

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Top Sights & Attractions for Cruises to Valencia

L'Oceanogràfic

Travelers of all ages love L'Oceanogràfic, a giant aquarium and habitat for nearly 500 marine species in Valencia. It’s easy to lose an entire afternoon watching dolphins, sea turtles, and sharks. It’s the perfect activity for kids who need to burn off some energy and adults who love marine animals.

Valencia Cathedral

You can’t stop in Valencia without seeing its namesake cathedral, an ornate Gothic structure that dates back to the 13th century. Climb up about 200 steps for fantastic views of Valencia from the top.

Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe

Craving a day of science inside an architectural marvel? Dedicated to the arts and sciences of the city, the Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe is a fascinating place to spend some time and is purely gorgeous to see in person. 

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Top Things to Do in Valencia

Shop at the Central Market

When you cruise, Valencia’s Mercado Central is a must-see. Not only will you be immersed in the commerce and culture hub that feeds this bright city, but you might also score some gorgeous items to take home, whether you’re looking for clothing, leather goods, or food to pack for an afternoon picnic.

Visit El Carmen

Tapas and cocktails turn into dinner which bleeds into nightlife along El Carmen, a late night haven for partiers and foodies alike. Spend an evening in the historic old town, hopping from wine bar to wine bar as you go.

See La Lonja de la Seda

La Lonja de la Seda, or “Silk Market,” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a monument to Valencian Gothic architecture and the history of the 14th century. At one time, La Lonja de la Seda was the place where most Mediterranean commerce took place and where Valencia’s booming trade industries gained their renown. Walk around the market and admire its stately, elaborate designs.

Head to the Beach

Las Arenas Beach and La Malvarrosa Beach are just two of the local playas where locals and tourists sunbathe, swim, and relax on a hot summer day. Valencia is both cosmopolitan and beachy, and the beaches here often feature a stretch of cafes and restaurants to keep things interesting.

Top Food and Drink Spots Near the Valencia Cruise Port

Don’t miss classic Spanish cuisine experiences like paella and tapas over a glass of Spanish red wine. In Valencia, restaurants and the joy of eating out are a critical part of the culture here. An early dinner is practically unheard of, and going out late in Spain is par for the course. Valencia is known as one of the foodie hubs of Spain, where the dishes are lauded for creativity and taste. Try a spot like El Poblet, where French and Spanish food meet, or Cinnamon, which tends to have a range of daily specials and vegetarian options. Head to Bodega Casa Montaña, one of the oldest restaurants in the area, for tapas.

Culture & History of the Valencia Cruise Port

Before Valencia became the cultural and artistic hub of Spain that it is today, the city existed in some shape or form for nearly 2,000 years, whether as an output for soldiers or a Roman settlement in the days of Pompey and Caesar. Throughout the centuries, Valencia gained traction as a major metropolis and an important Spanish city for commerce, culture, and sophistication. You’ll hear Spanish and a dialect of Catalan spoken when you take cruises to Valencia, Spain, so it’s useful to pick up some basic Spanish phrases before you go. 

Valencia Port Facilities & Location

When you cruise, Valencia’s port is about three miles from the city center, and many take a shuttle bus or a taxi to venture into the city. There’s a charging station for your phone, a tourist information center within the port, and stands filled to the brim with souvenirs for you to bring back home with you. .

Transportation in Valencia

Valencia is equipped with a variety of transit options. Many locals take the bus or bike to get around, and many tourists opt to simply walk around the center of the city and taxi to sights that are more than a mile or two outside the center. Taxis are common here, and if your taxi has a green light on, that means it’s accepting passengers. The metro system runs until midnight each night.

Shopping Near the Cochin Cruise Port

For a cruise, Valencia and the nearby area offer plenty of shopping opportunities. For souvenirs and kitschy goods to take home, or just some tasty paella, the Valencia cruise port and surrounding areas are well equipped to suit your needs. Buy a bottle of cava or splurge on leather goods. In the city, boutiques and clothing stores feature plenty of high-end Spanish designers and offer something for all styles.

Local Currency & Tipping Customs

The official currency of Valencia is the euro. You’ll find ATMs scattered throughout the city, and many establishments accept credit cards. Tipping isn’t required here, but leaving a small tip at a restaurant or rounding to the nearest euro is considered extremely polite.

 

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Valencia, Spain- Best known as the birthplace of paella, Valencia has steadily moved onto the radar of savvy travelers. It's a vibrant, friendly, mildly chaotic place with two outstanding fine-arts museums, an accessible old quarter, Europe's newest cultural and scientific complex – and one of Spain's most exciting nightlife scenes. Whole sections of the old city, for example the Carmen Quarter, have been extensively renovated. One of the best spots for exploring Valencia's history is at the museum L'Almoina, which opened three years ago in the Carmen on the site where Valencia was founded by the Romans in 138 B.C. Here, you can walk over glass floors, looking down at a stunning assemblage of ruins excavated in the area. The exhibition includes Roman baths, tombs and a medieval Moorish ward for plague victims.

Discover a slice of Spain not found in Barcelona or Madrid on your Valencia cruise. This city has quietly built up a great reputation of its own, namely with innovative engineering and ultra-modern architecture. A few of its notable projects include Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias (city of art and sciences); a futuristic complex that houses the family-friendly arts and science museums and the extraordinary futuristic buildings designed by local legend, Santiago Calatrava.