The new face of an ancient city
Your MSC Mediterranean Cruise will set sail for Valencia, which will appear futuristic and modern as soon as you glimpse the City of Arts and Sciences, the visionary complex designed by Calatrava and Candela. That view is just a taste of the contemporary architecture that distinguishes this city, a mix of creativity and energy.
Valencia is the third most populous city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona. Blessed by a mild climate, and Roman in origin, it has an Old Town in stark contrast with the modern architectural complex of Calatrava and offers many family attractions and famous dishes such as Paella. These are some typical features of a compulsory stop that you can discover on an MSC Cruise.
On a cool MSC Excursion, you will "parade" through fashionable Valencia, a city in step with the times revealed in its quality shops; in elegant boutiques; in trendy venues able to adapt during the day to the various needs of customers; in discos, clubs, pubs; and also appears avant-garde from the architectural point of view in innovative works and modern neighbourhoods.
The Barrio del Carmen is the district where one of the MSC Excursions will take you to discover the different transformations of a centuries-old area. It evolved from fortress to barracks, from a working-class neighbourhood to an area of entertainment and shopping. It also merits to be visited for the Plaza del Carmen, the convent of the same name, plus the gateways: the Serranos and Quart Towers.
The symbol of the "new" Valencia is the iconic City of Arts and Sciences, the destination of another MSC Excursion. Art, science and nature represented in 5 ultra-modern structures designed by the Valencian architect Calatrava, on the former bed of the Turia River. 350,000 m2 enclose the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, l'Hemisfèric, l'Umbracle, the Prince Felipe Science Museum, the Oceanographic Park, and the Assut de l'Or Bridge and the Agora. They are all examples of "organic" architecture that blend in well with the surrounding landscape.
Excursions & Activities
Reach the Port
Valencia Port is easy to get to and well signposted from the city centre. Take the V30 highway if arriving from outside the city.
- The parking area is located just a few minutes from the cruise terminal so no shuttle service is needed
- MSC Parking is bookable online up to 48 hours before your cruise departure. Bookings after the 48 hour deadline can be made directly with MSC Parking, and the same reduced rates will be applied when presenting your cruise travel documents
You can travel from Valencia’s main stations to the cruise terminal by Metro or taxi. There are taxi ranks just outside each of the stations. Depending on the station you initially arrive at in Valencia, you will want to take one of the following Metro lines to reach the port.
From Joaquin Sorolla/Jesus Railway Station: line 5 directly to Grau/Canyamelar station. The Cruise terminal is 1.5 km south of this station.
From the Norte Railway Station or Xativa Metro Station: lines 3 or 5 to Maritim-Serreria station, then take line 6 to Grau/Canyamelar station. The Cruise terminal is 1.5 km south of this station.
Valencia’s Manises Airport is just 15 km (9 miles) from the port. If driving, follow the airport road to the junction with the V-30 Madrid-Valencia highway, which will take you directly to the port. Taxis are available immediately outside the airport buildings.
Travel time: about 25 minutes, depending on traffic.