Valencia, Spain

Valencia, Spain

Worthwhile Journeys

You are going to be spending some time in the ports you embark and disembark from. These aren’t just logistical points; they’re opportunities for further enrichment. Take an extra day to discover what’s beyond the harbour. It’s not merely about filling time; it’s about making the entire journey worthwhile.

What to Do in Valencia

History Valencia is a city steeped in history, from the remnants of Roman civilisation to its grand cathedrals. The Valencia Cathedral, housing the Holy Grail, is a must-see. The Torres de Quart and Torres de Serranos are impressive gothic gateways, formerly part of the city wall, that have stood the test of time.

Culture Valencia is known for its vibrant festivals, most notably “Las Fallas,” where spectacular sculptures are built only to be set aflame. It’s a treat for the senses, an explosion of creativity and tradition. If you’re interested in art, don’t miss the City of Arts and Sciences, an architectural marvel in itself.

Sites of Interest to a Sailor Sailors will appreciate Valencia’s long stretch of coastline that offers stunning views of the Mediterranean. Though we avoid marinas, sailing close to the coastline you’ll catch sight of the unique lighthouses, like the Faro de Cullera, that have been guiding vessels for centuries.

Entertainment Valencia isn’t short of entertainment options. From flamenco shows to modern bars playing live music, there’s always something happening after the sun sets. For a relaxed evening, visit the many tapas bars and socialise the Valencian way.

Eating Out Seafood paella is Valencia’s hallmark dish. Try it at an authentic, beachside restaurant. From high-end dining to charming eateries, Valencia offers a culinary spectrum that’s not to be missed. For a true sailor’s grub, opt for local fish and “turrón,” an almond-based dessert.

Nature The Albufera Natural Park is a stunning wetland offering boat trips through its waterways—though you may have had enough of boats by this point. For those looking to stretch their legs, the park also has several hiking trails. The city’s beaches like Malvarrosa are great spots to relax.

Unique Features Valencia is a unique blend of the old and new. The city offers a laid-back coastal vibe, combined with its bustling Mercado Central, one of Europe’s largest markets. The juxtaposition of modern architecture with historical landmarks makes this city more than just another port stop.

Accommodation Notable hotels include the Caro Hotel, set in a 19th-century palace, and The Westin, known for its luxurious amenities. For a more zen experience, the Balneario La Alameda is both a hotel and a spa.

Official Tourist Website Visit Valencia’s official tourist site: Valencia Tourism

Sea and Beyond: A Responsible Mariner’s Guide Since you’re already investing in a unique sailing adventure, why not extend that spirit to your travel choices? Opt for more sustainable methods of transport where possible like trains, coaches or sharing a car. If you fly, and we realise this may well be the case, you could research some ways to offset the carbon created by the flight.

How to Get There

UK From the UK, Valencia is easily accessible by plane from major airports. Alternatively, you can take a train into Paris and then onto Barcelona, connecting to Valencia.

Europe From within Europe, the city has excellent train connections with the likes of Madrid and Barcelona. There are also long-distance coach services available.

North America Direct flights from major North American cities are less frequent but connecting through Madrid or another European hub is a straightforward option.

Australia Coming from Australia will most likely involve a couple of stops, often in Asian and European hubs. Once in Europe, a connecting flight to Valencia is the most efficient way to go.

Parking in Valencia isn’t too challenging, and for UK visitors driving their own cars, you can find or reserve parking spaces at JustPark.

Special Interests If you have a special interest that you would like to find out about for this port or to tell us about, we would love to hear from you.

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