Formerly a Roman settlement, Valencia is a charismatic port city on the coast of Spain, and an MSC Mediterranean Cruises destination. Its marriage of modern and ancient architecture is a sight to behold – from the futuristic stylings of the City of Arts and Sciences to the 13th-centry Valencia Cathedral. Walk around its avenues and squares and soak up the city’s spellbinding energy. For restful pursuits, take in the beauty of its protected natural wonders including Albufera National Park.
MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
· The Iconic Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias and the Oceanographic Museum
· Valencia’s Cathedral
· Albufera Natural Parc Boat Ride
The City of Arts and Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias) is an incredible feat of architecture, fresh out of a sci-fi film! See this amazing landmark and more on a Valencia city tour. This unique MSC Cruises excursion will see you exploring this extensive museum and cinema complex, celebrated for the futuristic composition of its buildings, including the Oceanographic Museum. Here, you’ll discover species from diverse aquatic environments, such as penguins, jellyfish, sea lions, sharks, rays, and dolphins. Including on this tour is a visit to Our Lady of the Forsaken Basilica, a 17th-century wonder featuring a domed ceiling with fabulous frescoes. You’ll also enjoy a scenic coach trip through Valencia’s magnificent squares and beautiful avenues.
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Valencia’s magnificent cathedral, Our Lady of Valencia, consecrated in 1238. On this MSC Cruises excursion you’ll appreciate the ornate architecture of this building which unites Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque styles of architecture. Pause to marvel at the statues, the decorations, the mesmerising painted ceiling, and the frescoes adorning the chapels. The tour also includes a trip to San José Caves, one of Spain’s geological wonders.
Take an MSC Cruises excursion to Albufera, a vast freshwater lagoon and estuary in a protected wildlife park. Here, you’ll partake in a leisurely boat ride across the water, gliding past rice fields, beaches, and a Mediterranean pine forest. Have your camera ready to capture the local wildlife including flamingos, stilts, herons and terns. You’ll also enjoy a guided tour though the Valencia city centre, visiting the central market, the old La Lonja silk exchange, and Valencia Cathedral.