The busy port is about 4 km. from the city center. Some cruise lines offer shuttles from the port to the Plaza del Ayuntamiento in the center of Valencia. There are also plenty of taxis. Most ships stay a whole day, but also with a half-day stay you can see a lot.
Smaller ships dock near the terminal, larger ones dock further away at the outside piers, free shuttles will then be provided to the cruise terminal. From there on shuttles provided by the ship, costing $16 return, take you to just outside of the old town, from where it is a 5-minute walk to the center, at Plaza de la Reina.
Look for bus #4 to get to the old part of town (Plaza da la Reina). Euro 1.50, just pay the driver. Right outside the terminal entrance, on the right facing away from the water is a crosswalk with white bars painted in the road. You cross over to a traffic island. That is the bus stop. The fare also includes line 19 which takes you to La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias or The City of Arts and Sciences.
The VLC CRUISE CARD is the new card for cruise ship passengers that adapts to their length of stay and needs. For just €10, this card includes transport from the port to the city center on the Shuttle Bus provided for passengers by Valencia Tourism whenever the cruise ship does NOT provide its own shuttle service to the city center.
A taxi is approx. 15 Euro each way.
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Most attractions are around or close to Plaza de la Reina, the central square where the town hall is, and it is also the starting point for the hop on/off buses.
The ancient winding streets of the Barrio del Carmen contain buildings dating to Roman and Arabic times. The Cathedral, built between the 13th and 15th century, is primarily of Gothic style but contains elements of Baroque and Romanesque architecture. Beside the Cathedral is the Gothic Basilica of the Virgin (Basílica De La Virgen De Los Desamparados).
The 15th century Serrano and Quart towers are part of what was once the wall surrounding the city. UNESCO has recognized the Late Gothic silk exchange (La Lonja de la Seda) as a World Heritage Site. The modernist Central Market (Mercado Central) is one of the largest in Europe. The main railway station Estación Del Norte is built in art deco style.
There are many ways to visit the city. If time is limited we recommend a stroll down what was once the Turia River but is now the Turia Park. The city council has named this route Culturia, combining the word ‘culture' and ‘Turia‘ (the name of the river). Following the route is sure to give you a taste of the city that will make you want to return.
The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia is a unique complex devoted to scientific and cultural dissemination which is made up of five main elements: the Hemisfèric (IMAX cinema and digital projections), the Umbracle (a landscaped vantage point and car park), the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum (an innovative center of interactive science), the Oceanográfico (the largest aquarium in Europe with over 500 marine species) and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía (which takes care of the operatic program). The Ágora gives the complex a multifunctional space. The architecture alone makes a visit worthwhile.
La Tomatina, an annual tomato fight, draws crowds to the nearby town of Buñol in August. There are also a number of well preserved Catholic fiestas throughout the year. Semana Santa celebrations in Valencia are considered the most colorful in Spain. Valencia has a metro system, the Valencia Metro.
Discover Valencia from another perspective with the comfortable hop on/off Tourist Bus, enjoying two guided tours in eight languages, knowing the most interesting places in Valencia and visiting the main monuments. Join the tour at Stop 9, a little way from the cruise port, or start at the Plaza da la Reina, the center of town. Each tour takes about 1.5 hours.
After visiting the old part of town you can catch a beach bus to a lovely wide sandy beach for a swim. Take a taxi afterwards back to your ship. (around 10 Euro)
The Valencia Tourist Card: it is a combined card that offers free public transport and discounts in Museums, leisure activities, shops and restaurants, during 1, 2 or 3 days. The free public transport is within Valencia city (zone AB). The establishments that offer discounts on presentation of the Valencia Tourist Card are identified with a sticker.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here.
The Mercado Central is a great place to visit - the food market full of wonderful different delicacies. This is one of the most beautiful buildings in Valencia and a masterpiece of modernist architecture. Incredibly large (possibly the largest in Europe, over a 1,000 stalls) and very grand. Covered with ceramics and glass and topped with a parrot. Go early if you want to see the excellent fish and seafood stalls. By midday most have sold out and closed.
There are many Tapas bars in and around the center, offering a varied choice of small dishes, which you select yourself from those on display. Some are offered as 'Pinchos', where all the dishes are the same price and each has a cocktail stick 'flag'. You pay when finished by counting the number of cocktail sticks.
Paella is a typical Valencian rice dish from Spain. The name paella is the word for "frying pan" in Valencian (from Latin patella).
Try the typical Valencian drink Horchata. The oldest and famous place to sample this is Horchateria de Santa Catalina, on Placa de Santa Catalina. The interior walls are decorated with large colorful tiled pictures showing the history of the Horchateria and its drink
Valencia is also famous for its ceramics, including the delicate Lladro creations
Spanish is the official language in the entire national territory. However, other languages coexist with Spanish in certain regions of Spain. These are: Catalan in Catalonia, Galician in Galicia, Euskera/Basque in the Basque Country, Valencian in the Valencia Region and a particular variety of Catalan spoken on the Balearic Islands.
The two official languages spoken in the city are Valencian and Spanish. Due to political and demographic pressure in the past, the predominant language is Spanish, as opposed to areas surrounding the metropolitan area in the province of Valencia. The local government makes sure it emphasizes the use of the local language. For instance, all signs and announcements in the Metro are in Valencian, with Spanish translations underneath in smaller type.
If you wish to get online to check your email, or for any other reason, there are plenty cafes and a McDonalds at Plaza de la Reina.
Emergency number: Dial 112 free of charge (valid throughout Spain). Service is given in Spanish, and also in English, French and German in some tourist areas.
The most common business for shops and businesses hours are Monday through Saturday, from 9.30 h to 13.30 h, and from 16.30 to 20.00 h.
Big shopping centers and department stores open from 10.00 h to 21.00 or 22.00 h uninterruptedly. These big stores open sometimes on Sunday.
In coastal cities, in high season, shops are usually open passed 22.00 h.
Pharmacies open from 9.30 to 13.30 h, and from 16.30 to 20.00 h. In all major cities you can find pharmacies that open 24 hours. Pharmacies follow a rolling late-hour schedule, which is published in the newspapers, and is posted at all pharmacies.
Museums are in general closed on Mondays.
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