Cruise Port Atlas | Valencia, Spain Day Trips | Attractions

Valencia, Spain Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Valencia: Star Clippers, Windstar, Azamara Club Cruises, Crystal, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea, Celebrity, Cunard, Holland America, Princess, Costa, MSC Cruises, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Viking River Cruises

Key Attractions: Valencia Cathedral, Lonja Silk Exchange, Central Market, Lladro, Quart and Serranos Towers, Fallas, Manises, Palace of the Arts, L'Oceanigrafic, L'Hemisferic, Museum of Science and Discovery, Dolphinarium, Pinedo Beach, El Saler Beach, Puig Beach, Malvarrosa Beach, Albufera Park, Serra Calderona Natural Park, Roman Theater, Sagunto Castle, Jewish Quarter

Valencia Attractions

Port to Cathedral, Central Market, Llonja - 6.5 KM, 16 minutes
Port to Lladro Museum - 9 KM, 17 minutes
Port to Manises - 20 KM, 25 minutes
Port to Fallero Museum - 11 KM, 21 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Valencia's Cathedral was originally built in the 13th century in the local Gothic variation with Romanesque elements, but through the centuries newer architectural elements have been added. If the Holy Grail (the chalice used at the last supper) exists, the most likely candidate is a cup that is displayed in the cathedral. Valencia's UNESCO World Heritage site is the Lonja (also spelled Llotja) or Silk Exchange, a secular Gothic building from the end of the 15th century that features stunning elements, such as gargoyles, spiral columns, and pointed arch windows. The city has several medieval tower gates in its historic center including the massive Serranos Tower and the Quart Tower. There are excellent museums in the city and in the close suburbs. In the historic center are the Museu de Belles Arts de Valencia which offers works by the great Spanish artists El Greco, Goya and Velazquez. The Valencian Institute of Modern Art includes art and photography exhibitions. Outside the city you can visit the Lladro Museum and Factory to see fine porcelain works and the Manises Museum for a historic display of local ceramics. If you visit Valencia in late March, you may see Falle, an exciting local festival honoring St. Joseph during which neighbor clubs construct large comic paper mache floats that are paraded around for several days before being torched (the root of the word “falle” is “torch”) in an exuberant nighttime display of combustion. If you don't make it for the festival, visit one of two Falle museums in or near the city.

The city's largest park is the drained riverbed of the Turia River, which now includes the City of Arts and Sciences (see below). The park also includes a huge playground called Gulliver.

                 

   

Photo of Valencia Cathedral by Felivet

City of Arts and Sciences

Port to City of Arts and Sciences - 3 KM, 6 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

The City of Arts and Sciences is a complex of ultra modern buildings which have been designed and built since 1996, situated in the eastern end of the Turia riverbed park that snakes through the city. It includes 5 major attractions, some of which have multiple and separate buildings with different themes. Much of the complex is connected by walkways over pools with fountains. L'Umbracle is an architectural promenade offering views of the fountains and pools, plus modern sculptures by a wide variety of creators plus indigenous plants. It serves as the main entrance to the area. L'Oceanigrafic is the largest oceanographic museum in Europe and includes several buildings representing different ecosystems and regions. L'Hemisferic is a planetarium, laserium and IMAX theater housed in a building that looks like a gigantic eye sitting in a pool of water. El Museu de les Ciencies Principe Felipe (Museum of Science and Technology) is shaped like the skeleton of a whale and includes interactive exhibits that young children will enjoy. In addition, the complex includes a huge performing arts center with multiple stages and an outdoor concert facility. Kids of all ages love this City.

              

   

Photo of L'Oceanografic by David Iliff

Valencia area beaches

Port to Pineda Beach - 6.4 KM, 11 minutes
Port to El Saler Beach - 12 KM, 13 minutes
Port to Malvarossa Beach - 3 KM, 7 minutes
Port to Puig Beach - 19 KM, 26 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Near Valencia are beaches for all tastes, including nudist beaches. So be sure to inquire about the habits of the visitors before your transportation drops you off. Several large beaches include sections that are clothing optional, while the rest of the beach has clothed visitors. The closest beaches are Malvarrosa, north of the port and offering a wide range of activities in a well-developed setting that includes some nice paella restaurants. Continuing north are a large number of resort areas including Puig (which features a monastery that can be toured) and the Sagunte beach area with large resorts. Just south of the port and on the other side of the Turia River is the Pinedo Beach, recently been redeveloped to add facilities and appeal. The finest of the more natural beaches in the area is just south of the city at El Saler and part of the large Albufera Natural Park.

        

   

Photo of Valencia Beach by Hakilon

Natural Attractions

Port to Albufera Natural Park - 18 KM, 23 minutes
Port to Serra Calderona Natural Park - 40 KM, 38 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

There are two large and popular natural parks very near Valencia. The Albufera Natural Park is a wetland surrounding the Albufera Lagoon which offers boat trips and excellent bird watching. Easy hikes are also available. For the more athletically adventurous, there is the Serra Calderona Natural Park in the rocky peaks west of Sagunto. The park offers strenuous walks through gorges and up small mountains of 600-900 meters (1900-3750 feet). The park offers a number of caves that were once hideouts for highwaymen.

           

   

Photo of Serra Calderona Park by Heber

Sagunto

Port to Sagunto - 31 KM, 35 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Sagunto is a small hilltop city a few miles inland from the coast that traded with ancient Greek and Phoenician sailors. The most famous landmark in the city is the fortress that overlooks it from the south. Built, rebuilt, expanded and attacked over the centuries the castle was the last holdout of Hannibal’s siege during the second Punic War. It also includes baths and cisterns added by the Moors. Just below the Castle is the Roman Theater which has been modernized and still holds events. The oldest ruin in the town is a small portion of the ancient Temple of Diana which is adjacent to the Gothic Santa Maria church. The well-preserved Jewish quarter features buildings from the period before the Jews and Moors were expelled from Iberia at the end of the 15th century.

     

   

Photo of Sagunto Castle by Pelayo2

Interests Key:

Art Architecture Beach Children Wild Animals Local Cuisine Flora Gardens-Parks Geology

Diving UNESCO Views Wine Dance Music Shopping History Hiking

Walking & Wheelchair Accessibility:

No Walking Easy Walking Normal Walking Difficult Walking Accessible Limited Not Accessible