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Cruises to Valencia

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Valencia (Photo:Ivan Abramkin/Shutterstock)

About Valencia

Mediterranean cruise itineraries that include a stop at Valencia are well worth considering, as Spain's third largest city -- with its lush parks, elegant tree-lined avenues, modernist City of Arts and Sciences, and gorgeous medieval Old Town -- is stylish, imposing and not to be missed.

The bad news is that there's no way you can take in all that this fabulous city has to offer (including 34 museums and galleries) in just a day. The good news is that some of its greatest treasures lie within strolling distance of the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, which lies at the heart of the city.

And the even better news is that Valencia is very tuned in to tourists. You'll find plenty of tourist information centers dotted around town, and before you go you can book a wide range of 'Get About' cards, valid for 24 or 48 hours, or even longer if you need it. These offer unlimited use of public transport as well as discounted entry to museums and other attractions, so it's well worth getting one to make exploring easy.

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Norwegian Breakaway
Norwegian Breakaway

16 Night
Europe - OtherDetails

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Apr 20, 2023
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Celebrity Reflection
Celebrity Reflection

13 Night
Spain, Azores & BermudaDetails

Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Oct 31, 2022
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7 Night
Spain, France, & Italy CruiseDetails

Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Aug 20, 2022
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Jewel of the Seas

10 Night
Spain & Portugal CruiseDetails

Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Sep 9, 2022
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Mediterranean CruiseDetails

Leaving:Lisbon
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Oct 6, 2023
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Western Europe TransatlanticDetails

Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Nov 5, 2023
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Transatlantic CruiseDetails

Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Oct 30, 2022
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Western Europe TransatlanticDetails

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Oct 29, 2022
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France, Italy & Spain CruiseDetails

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Oct 3, 2022
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Western Mediterranean CruiseDetails

Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Mediterranean Adventure & European SplendorDetails

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Apr 29, 2023
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Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Sep 28, 2022
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Best Of Spain & Portugal CruiseDetails

Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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Treasures Of Southern Spain & Morocco 10d Bcn-lisDetails

Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Oct 29, 2022
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8 Night
Gems Of SpainDetails

Leaving:Lisbon
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
May 22, 2023
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Why go to Valencia?

Pros:

Many of Valencia's must-see sites are within walking distance of the city center

Cons:

Beware of fast-moving bikes and cars when crossing streets

Bottom Line:

You'll never get bored in this vibrant, dazzling city, which has dozens of museums and galleries

Valencia Cruise Port Facilities?

Valencia's cruise terminal has two Internet stations charging 1 euro per 15 minutes (about twice the rate you'll pay in town). The terminal's street level also has a well-stocked tourist information desk, as well as a caf?; offering a two-course meal with drink for around 12 euros, the latter is used more by ferry travellers than well-fed cruise passengers.

Oddly enough, there is no ATM in the terminal, but you will find a drink machine and telephones.

You'll also find plenty of shops selling cheap and cheerful beach gear, rings, watches, scarves and souvenirs (though again, prices are cheaper in town). For wine buffs, the tax-free outlet stocks a good range of local picks (from around 6 Euros a bottle), alongside the usual collection of makeup, toiletries and aftershaves.

Good to Know?

Cyclists and Segway riders have scant regard for pedestrians. Dubrovnik-style, pale marbled pavements in the Old Town are lovely to look at but slippery when wet, so wear good shoes with non-slip soles. Also beware of temptation. The Spanish have a very sweet tooth, so candy, ice cream and pastry shops abound.

Getting Around?

By Shuttle: Ships' shuttle buses leave from right outside the terminal and carry you the three miles into the center of town. On the way, you'll pass pretty parks, grand boulevards and a London Eye-style wheel, all of which will whet your appetite for exploring the city.

Most shuttles drop off at the Carrer del Salvador, almost opposite the Trinity Bridge. If you head left from the drop-off point and go left again, you'll find yourself in Plaza de la Virgen at the heart of Old Town, near the historic courthouse and cathedral. And if you keep walking, virtually in a straight line, you'll find Valencia's main shopping streets and, eventually, its central market.

By Taxi: For travellers in search of tours or going further afield, right outside the passenger terminal is a taxi stand offering reduced rates on return trips to local attractions (see Don't Miss). Offers include a round trip to the central Plaza de la Reina (15 E there, 12 back); L'Oceanografic (EUR9 out, EUR7 return) and the Bio Park (EUR21E/EUR18). About EUR30 an hour buys a tour for up to four passengers of the main sights, including Turia Gardens.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Spain's currency is the euro. For the latest exchange rate, visit www.oanda.com or www.xe.com).

There are plenty of banks with ATMs in Old Town, especially around the Old Courthouse in Plaza de San Lorenzo, and along nearby Carrer del Muo del Santa Anna, a broad street lined with shops and banks.

Language?

Valencia is a working city and the majority of its inhabitants speak Spanish (the official language). Some locals speak Valenciano, a dialect of Catalan, and some know at least a smattering of English. Useful Spanish phrases to know before you go include:

Hola ... Hello
Me llamo ... My name is...
Estoy de vacaciones ... I'm here on holiday
Hay __ par' aqui? ... Is there __ around here?
Un supermercado ... a supermarket
Una farmacia ... a pharmacy
Cuanto cuesta? ... How much?
Donde esta le mejor playa? ... Where is the best beach?
Por Favor ... Please
Gracias ... Thank you
De nada ... You're welcome
Adios ... Goodbye

Where You're Docked?

Cruise ships dock at one of the many berths available at Valencia Passenger Terminal, which also accommodates ferries. Be prepared for quite a long walk from your ship to the terminal building, along a series of rather sea salt-rusted walkways. But once you're there, you'll find the terminal is smart and access to the city is easy via shuttle bus.


Valencia Cruise Reviews
Didn't get to spend enough time in Valencia to get a feel for it. Went to the aquarium, which is definitely worth a visit. Most of it is underground. Would have like to have spent more time in the old part of the Read More
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sabre635
We got public bus 1.4euroes each way from just outside port across the roundabout bus stop on left hand side of the road as you walk from port number 4 into main centre new centre oe department stores- worth doing hoRead More
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tillytiah01
We did a private tour with Spain Day Tours that went to Valencia & Sagunto. Tour guide was excellent.Read More
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NANA1951
We only embarked here, but we do know Valencia and can highly recommend Read More
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