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

Discover our excursions

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  • HIGHLIGHTS OF VALENCIA FROM YOUR BIKE

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

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    This is a whistle-stop bike tour of Valencia’s top attractions. Heading off, you’ll follow the Valencia Grand Prix formula one track, passing the pit lane on your way to the city center. Your guide will then lead you down the cycle paths in Jardines del Turia. This beautiful, leafy park stretches along the course of what was once the flowing River Turia. Today, this dried-up river bed is filled with exotic blooms and romantic statues. The show stopper in this area is the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias – the City of the Arts and Science. This futuristic building is well worth a photo stop. Pedaling on, you’ll enter the historical center of the city, passing the old train station and the bullfight arena to reach your first longer stop at Plaza de la Virgen, a sunny square in the heart of the old city. It’s dominated by a sand-colored cathedral and a beautiful fountain, and you can grab some strong Spanish coffee at one of the cafés here, before making your way to the city’s marketplace and silk market. There’ll be a relaxing stop at the beach, as well, before you head back to the ship.
    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

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

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4:30 h

    • Adult price from AUD $75Price per person

    • Children price from AUD $75Price per person

    • Adult price from NZD $78Price per person

    • Children price from NZD $78Price per person

  • 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 and squares. A guided walking tour then follows that will take you through the city centre for a chance to view and photograph the Gothic architecture of the buildings. A visit to Valencia’s wonderful cathedral, the Our Lady of the Forsaken Basilica, is also included. Although predominantly built in Gothic style, the basilica also incorporates Baroque and Romanesque elements. Finally, a photo stop will be made outside the City of Arts and Science, a large museum and cinema complex that is celebrated for its futuristic architecture, before returning to the ship. Please note: in case of religious celebrations, guests can visit the Cathedral individually after receiving information from the guide. Conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
    • 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

    • Adult price from AUD $79Price per person

    • Children price from AUD $55Price per person

    • Adult price from NZD $85Price per person

    • Children price from NZD $62Price 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 cave complex and is also the point of access the small boat will take into the various chambers of these spectacular caves. After the cave visit, you will then continue on to Valencia for a sightseeing tour by coach along a route that will also take you past the Torres de Serrano towers, Plaza de la Virgen as well as Valencia Cathedral. You will also have a chance to stroll around the central market square before returning to the port. Please note: the tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair or suffering from claustrophobia.
    • Limited seats

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

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4:30 h

    • Adult price from AUD $85Price per person

    • Children price from AUD $62Price per person

    • Adult price from NZD $95Price per person

    • Children price from NZD $69Price 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 Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences complex, in itself famed for its awe-inspiring architecture. With time to explore the fascinating museum without a guide, you can look forward to discovering the wildlife found in a broad range of specific aquatic environments, including a huge dolphinarium. There is also an incredible underwater glass tunnel that lets you feel at one with the surrounding marine ecosystem and enables unique encounters with the museum’s many inhabitants, which represent around 500 different species. Please note: the visit to the Oceanographic Museum is unguided. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
    • 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

    • Adult price from AUD $99Price per person

    • Children price from AUD $72Price per person

    • Adult price from NZD $105Price per person

    • Children price from NZD $79Price per person

  • TRANSFER TO THE BEACH

    SEA & SUN

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    Unbroken sunshine, golden sand and the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea make a perfect combination for spending half a day at the beach. After boarding your coach at the port, a brief transfer (without a guide) will take you to a nearby beach for some quality “me time” off the ship. Whether you choose to go swimming in the azure blue of the sea or simply to chill out and watch the world go by, you are sure to have a great time. Your beach-based outing comes to a close with your return to Valencia and your ship. Please note: the tour operates from June until the end of September. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
    • No guide available

    • Possibility of swimming

    • 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.

    • Limited seats

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

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adult price from AUD $52Price per person

    • Children price from AUD $35Price per person

    • Adult price from NZD $55Price per person

    • Children price from NZD $39Price per person

  • CAR WITH GUIDE

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    VAL33PV

    Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional guide and driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Please note: Vehicle, driver, guide and gasoline included. The price does not include any entrance fees or meals and is per vehicle and not per passenger. If you want to set a customized itinerary and add entrance tickets to any of the tourist attractions, please contact your shorex excursion staff on the ship.
    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

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

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adult price from AUD $959Price per person

    • Children price from AUD $959Price per person

    • Adult price from NZD $1052Price per person

    • Children price from NZD $1052Price per person

  • MINIVAN WITH GUIDE FOR 3 TO 6 PAX

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    VAL34PV

    Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional guide and driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Please note: Vehicle, driver, guide and gasoline included. The price does not include any entrance fees or meals. The price is per vehicle and not per passenger. If you want to set a customized itinerary and add entrance tickets to any of the tourist attractions, please contact your shorex excursion staff on the ship. Larger vans can be arrangeg upon request.
    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

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

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adult price from AUD $1085Price per person

    • Children price from AUD $1085Price per person

    • Adult price from NZD $1189Price per person

    • Children price from NZD $1189Price per person

The excursions in the programme are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this programme 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

    Parking information

    VALET PARKING VALENCIA
     
    Veles i Vents building
    Marina Real Juan Carlos I
    Tel. 0034 626 31 80 73
    E-mail: miguel@valetparkingbcn.es
     
    • The parking area is located just a few minutes from the cruise terminal
    • A shuttle service is available from/to the parking for MSC Preziosa cruises:
    • from the parking in Veles I Vents to MSC Terminal at 11:00 A.M./11:45 A.M./12:30 A.M./01:15 P.M.
    • from MSC Terminal to the parking in Veles I Vents at 10:00 A.M./10:20 A.M./10:40 A.M.
    Book your parking with MSC

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    VEHICLE DAYS RATES
    Car 8 € 80,00
    Suv 8 € 80,00
  • 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.