Cruises to Valencia allows you to explore the City of Arts and Sciences
With its futuristic structures including a planetarium, an oceanarium, an interactive museum and the Old Town, Valencia has enough to keep you occupied for several visits.
Valencia port is quite a way from the city centre; most cruise lines provide a shuttle bus which will take you from the ship to within a short walk of the old town. There may be a small charge for this – 4 euro each way on our 2016 visit.
An alternative is to take the free shuttle provided by the Port Authority to the terminal building. The cruise lines may not want to advertise this but it does exist and will probably be lined up with the other shuttle buses, but at the far end.
At the terminal building you’ll find tourist information and help with finding the local buses, which run regularly to the city centre – 1.50 euro each way.
For a direct route to the centre take the no. 4 and for the Science Park the no. 95, which confusingly goes in the opposite direction and only takes about 10 mins.
We loved the Science Park on our visit – set in Valencia’s Jardins del Tura, the buildings here are quite spectacular. We spent about an hour wandering around the site taking photographs, walking through the Museum and stopping for a coffee en route.
The rest of our day was spent at L’Oceanografic, which surprised us by being mostly underground and pleasantly air conditioned – most welcome on a very hot day.
It’s possible to buy good value combined tickets to include L’ Oceanografic, the Museum and L’Hemisferic which we reckon you could just about squeeze into a day with an early start if you have enough energy!