The winding streets of sun-drenched Valencia are bursting with fascinating architecture, historic sites and vibrant Spanish culture. As the third largest city in Spain, Valencia has a lot to offer visitors. Take a wander through colourful local markets, admire medieval cathedrals and be impressed by the mammoth bullring that presides over Valencia.
Valencia is also home to beautiful beaches just perfect for relaxing by the sea on the golden sand, working on a tan and soaking up the atmosphere. Make sure to sample paella at a local restaurant, as Valencia is famous for being the birthplace of the meal.
Valencia is a busy cruise port and a popular stop on Mediterranean cruise itineraries. The pleasant weather the region experiences means it is possible to cruise there all year round.
The port where cruises dock is located about 4 kilometres from the centre of Valencia. Many cruise lines offer shuttles from the port to Plaza del Ayuntamiento in the heart of the city. It is also possible to catch a taxi, as there are plenty around. However, there is also a bus stop right opposite the port that will take visitors to Plaza de la Reina for a fare of €1.50 each.
The cruise terminal is large and modern to deal with the high volume of vessels that visit the island. There is a Tourist Office information desk where you can obtain a free map of the city and get advice on how to make the most of your stay.
Though the port is located in a city area of Valencia with facilities, it is easy to get transport into the centre by shuttle, taxi or bus. Once in the city centre, the streets are overflowing with shops, markets and restaurants. There are also plenty of hotels in Valencia.
How to Get Around
Valencia is a very easy city to explore on foot once you are in the city centre. There are also several easy transport options.
The city offers a ‘hop on, hop off’ tourist bus that will take visitors to the principal locations around town. It is a distinctive open top, red double-decker bus that is easily spotted. There are three different routes; Historical Valencia, which travels around the old town, Maritime Valencia, which travels along the riverbed, to the port and beach areas, and finally the Albufera route that leaves the city to head to the Albufera nature reserve.
The city also offers efficient public transport, which can be easily used by tourists with a Valencia Tourist Card. You can buy the Tourist Card from the Tourist Information office. It includes free public transport around the city as well as free entry into public museums and buildings, and discounts at other tourist attractions.
Travel times from the port:
- It is a 20 minute journey to Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
- It is a 10 minute journey to Plaza del Ayuntamiento
- It is a 20 minute journey to Plaza del Mercado
- It is a 20 minute journey to the Cathedral Quarter.
- Currency - Valencia’s official currency is the Euro (€). Coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent denominations, as well as €2 and €1, with 100 cents equalling one euro. Notes come in €500, €200, €100, €50, €20, €10 and €5 denominations. There are ATMs located in Valencia and many stores and restaurants accept major credit cards.
- Time Zone - Valencia operates on Central European Time (CET), which is 1 hour ahead of Universal Standard Time (UTC). Daylight Savings begins at the end of March, when the clocks are turned forward 1 hour. Spain returns to standard time towards the end of October.
- Weather - Valencia has a warm Mediterranean climate. The average annual temperature is 17 degrees Celsius, with temperatures regularly climbing to 30 degrees in the hot, slightly humid summers. Valencia experiences remarkably mild winters, with plenty of blue skies and an average maximum of 16 degrees, even in January.
- Plaza del Mercado - When in Valencia, definitely pay a visit to the Plaza del Mercado. Open every day, the covered market is home to over 1,400 stalls selling fresh produce, tasty cheeses and a variety of cured meats and fish. In addition to picking up some great cheap food, you’ll also appreciate the lively atmosphere and the impressive architecture of the grand building.
- The Cathedral Quarter - There are many churches in Valencia that are worth visiting. Take a wander around the old town beginning at the Plaza de la Virgen and you’ll discover the wonders of the Valencia Cathedral, the Micalet and the Basilica of the Virgin.
- Beach time - The excellent weather and sunny skies of Valencia make it an ideal place for a beach escape. Only 20 minutes from Valencia, by bus or taxi trip, there are over 3 kilometres of sandy beach for you to enjoy, lined with restaurants and bars.