Why choose a cruise to Valencia?
Valencia is a city of contrasts, from the picturesque Old Quarter to futuristic buildings. You’ll discover tranquil parks and lively tapas bars, hip districts and traditional markets.
Some people take a Valencia cruise just for the beaches. Even though Valencia is the third-largest city in Spain, it’s surrounded by miles of unspoilt coastline, with several beaches within the city limits.
A guide to Valencia’s hotspots
Make sure you visit Valencia’s vibrant Old Quarter, where examples of Moorish, Gothic and Byzantine architecture can be found along winding streets. La Lonja, a 15th-century silk factory, has a fabulous interior of vaulted ceilings and twisted columns. A short walk away is Valencia’s Mercado Central, the largest covered-produce market in Europe, housed in an airy modernist-style building.
Valencia’s cathedral is also in the historic district. It is said to house one of Christianity’s most renowned artefacts – the Holy Grail. This cup of polished agate is kept in an illuminated display case for the public to view. A chapel in the cathedral also houses the withered arm of St Vincente, killed in 304 AD.
The Jardín del Túria is a five-mile stretch of greenery that lies alongside the River Túria, and is a great place for a stroll. At one end is the Bioparc, a modern zoo which immerses visitors in the animals’ habitats. At the other end, you’ll find Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (City of Arts and Sciences), a futuristic development designed by local architect Santiago Calatrava. It houses an opera house, a science museum and Europe’s largest aquarium.
Many people choose a Valencia cruise for the combination of city and beach-life. La Malvarrosa Beach borders the city. This wide stretch of golden sand is over 1,000m long, and remarkably tranquil considering its urban location.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Valencia
The best time to visit Valencia
Sunny Valencia is a great place to visit on your summer holidays. In July and August the skies are clear and the average temperature is 24°C-25°C, excellent for sunbathing and balmy evenings in outdoor tapas bars.
We also recommend visiting in March, when the temperature averages a pleasant 13°C (although it has been known to rise to 18°C). In mid-March, Valencia comes alive during the lively festival Las Fallas. Think giant papier-mâché figures, fireworks and La Mascletà, a noisy concert of firecrackers.
Did you know?
- The delicious Spanish dish paella was invented in Valencia
- Europe’s narrowest building is located in Valencia’s Lope de Vega Plaza
- The maximum recorded temperature in the city is 42°C
- Valencia is famed for its sweet oranges