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About Valencia

Vibrant Valencia, Spain's third-largest city is a popular and picturesque resort known for its pavement cafes, parties (Las Fallas) and paella. Amongst art and architecture you can see plazas, palaces, churches and cathedrals, before heading to one of the city's white sandy beaches to cool off.

The old city is a great place to begin and offers a superb selection of sights and landmarks. Valencia Cathedral displays 3 magnificent portals; one Baroque, one Romanesque and one Gothic. Once inside you can climb the octagonal Miguelete Bell Tower to see sweeping views then from here navigate the narrow streets to the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, the Museo de Belles Artes or the towers of Torres de Serranos.

In the new town wander wide balmy avenues and simply observe and enjoy the Mediterranean way of life. More recent additions to the city include the aesthectically stunning and ultramodern 'City of Arts and Sciences' with its fantastically shaped soaring glass palaces.

 

Shore excursions in Valencia

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

A Taste of Valencia

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

Taste the traditional ‘horchata’ and explore Valencia’s ‘Little Venice’.

Start your day leading to Port Saplaya, a small port town north of Valencia, often referred to as Valencia’s ‘Little Venice’. It’s easy to see why, as it has a beautiful port area filled with boats and pretty colourful houses. Enjoy some free time to take a leisurely stroll along the beach admiring the interesting and colourful architecture of the buildings lining the port.

Next, you will visit a traditional Alqueria, an old farmhouse set in beautiful surroundings that houses the Horchata. Visit the farm to learn about the evolution of the traditional Valencian drink ‘horchata’, popular throughout Spain. This stop will help you understand the meaning and history of this tradition and how the tiger nut is grown and cultivated in the production of this drink. The farmhouse itself preserved the tradition of the Valencian farms, don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about Spanish farming.

After your visit, enjoy a tasting of ‘horchata’ and the traditional ‘farton’. The drink is the most classic of breakfast options, served with ‘fartons’ (long and thin iced buns) that are usually dunked in the horchata.

Essential information

This tour operates by by coach and on foot and involves 1½ hours of walking over some uneven ground.

Caves and Cava

Activity highRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Explore the cobbled town of Requena with its unusual caves and sample some of Spain’s finest ‘Cava’.

After a pleasant scenic drive through the rural countryside, you’ll arrive at Requena, a very pretty, old walled town, which has a unique cave system situated in the old part of the town.

Your walking tour of the town will commence with a stroll through the cobblestoned streets of the old town quarter of ‘La Vila’. You’ll be taken inside one of the oldest caves in the region that was used as a shelter, wine cellar and as a silo. Inside the cave your guide will give a fascinating insight into the history of the caves.

Next it’s onto a local wine cellar, where your guide will explain about the wine production and the culture of wine and ‘Cava’. To complete your tour you will have the chance to taste a glass of‘Cava’, and, if you wish, purchase the wine or ‘Cava’.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves a lot of walking over rough and uneven ground and many steep steps; therefore it is not considered suitable for passengers with walking difficulties. Spaces are limited and so early booking is recommended. Passengers are reminded to wear sensible footwear. The drive to Requena takes approximately 45 minutes.

Discover Valencia

Activity highRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

One of the best ways of getting to know a city is by exploring on foot. Join us for a walk through this fascinating city.

On your drive towards the city, enjoy a brief photo stop at the City of Arts and Sciences, a new leisure centre with unique buildings such as the impressive Hemisfėric and the Museu de les Ciencies.

Your walking tour will begin in the heart of the city, in one of the most astonishing Gothic civil buildings in the world, La Lonja, which was declared Heritage of Mankind by UNESCO. Near to the Main Square, you’ll visit the art nouveau Central Market. Constructed in 1928 it’s a ‘must-see’ building, and a ‘temple’ for fresh products, creating a melange of aromas, movement and colour.

You’ll also visit la Plaza de la Reina where your guide will give you a brief introduction to the surrounding area. Discover the historical centre and visit the Cathedral and see the Miguelete Tower.

Enjoy the charms of the streets of Valencia, its squares and hidden corners. Sample a taste of ‘horchata’, a typical nut based Spanish drink, before your return journey back to the port.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There are some steps to be negotiated at the Central Market, Lonja and the cathedral. The Central Market and cathedral are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays, therefore an explanation will be given from the outside. Should mass be taking place inside the cathedral, no guided visits will take place; the guide will provide an explanation outside and allow some free time for an independent interior visit.

Flavours of Valencia - Small Group Tour

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Explore Valencia and sample some local culinary delights with a visit to the Central Market in Valencia.

Immerse yourself in the real Valencian way of life, during a scenic drive admiring some of the most emblematic buildings of Valencia, known as the ‘City of Flowers’.

Upon arrival at the Old Quarter, your guide will lead you on an extended guided walking tour, passing some of the most beautiful buildings, including the Cathedral and ‘La Lonja’, the old Silk Exchange, now recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

The tour continues with a visit to the well-preserved modernist Central Market, one of the largest in Europe.

The word ‘tapas’ has its origin from the early 13th century, when Spanish King Alfonso X asked for slices of food to cover his drink, due to the dust and unhygienic atmosphere in tavernas. Since then, he decreed that no wine should be served unless accompanied by ‘tapas’. A selection of cured ham, Iberian cheese and an assortment of flavoursome Mediterranean olives will be offered in the market, alongside a cool glass of local wine to wash it all down. After the tasting session, enjoy some free time in the market to browse and shop for some tempting tasty treats.

Your return coach ride will include a brief photo stop at the City of Arts and Sciences, before continuing to the port.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves approximately 1½ hours of walking, with some uneven ground and cobblestones in the Old Quarter. The Central Market can become crowded during busier periods, and is closed on Sundays. The itinerary of this tour may operate in reverse order.

Mestalla Stadium Tour

Activity medium

Duration: 3 hours

Go behind the scenes at Mestalla to see the places normally only seen by players and officials.

Established in 1919, Valencia Football Club is the 3rd-most supported football club in Spain. Their 55,000-seater home stadium is Mestalla; the 5th largest and most historic stadium in Spain.

Your visit will take you on an access-all-areas tour including the trophy room, museum, VIP area, dressing rooms, press room, the team benches. You’ll even be able to walk through the tunnel and feel what it’s like to emerge into the light as you head towards the pitch. You’ll hear all the most exciting and important stories of the club along the way.

Spanish League football may be dominated by Barcelona and Real Madrid, but Valencia often give them a run for their money, stealing 2 La Liga titles from them already so far this century.

This is an exciting chance for lovers of the game to see this important stadium from a never-before-seen perspective.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot. There are steps to enter to press room, tunnel and VIP areas. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. Credit cards or Euros will be required for purchases.

Mestalla Stadium Tour
 

A selection of cruises to Valencia

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