Valencia is the third largest city in Spain, after Madrid and Barcelona. It’s located on Spain’s South-East coast where the Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea. Its most famously known as the city for Arts and Sciences.

The La Lonja de la Seda is a late Valencian Gothic-style civil building and is the principal tourist attraction in the city. Built between 1482 and 1533, this group of buildings was originally used for trading in silk (hence its name, the Silk Exchange) and it has always been a centre for commerce. Entry to the building and walled gardens details the history of commerce.

No trip to the city would be complete without visiting the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (City of Arts and Science). This ultra-modern scientific and cultural complex is the largest of its kind in Europe, and it is fast becoming the city’s most recognisable symbol.

L’Oceanogràfic is the largest aquarium in Europe. The aquarium is a tribute to the seas and oceans of the planet and contains large aquariums which faithfully reproduce the most important marine ecosystems. The aquarium boasts the longest underwater tunnel in Europe, where you will walk under sharks and the only family of beluga whales in Europe.

Valencia Bioparc is a 10Ha zoo situated in the heart of the city. It is a new generation zoo conceived with the zoo-immersion philosophy. You will feel totally submerged in the wild habitats that have been recreated here: the Savannah, Madagascar and Equatorial Africa. You can enjoy, practically without barriers, spectacular landscapes in which different species co-exist as they would in nature.

Travelling to Valencia by Ferry

The closest ferry port to Valencia is Bilbao Ferry Terminal. This ferry terminal is approximately 630km away (392 miles) which would be a pleasant drive allowing you to explore the Spanish countryside, taking around 6 and a half hours.

There are two separate Spanish to ferry ports that will get you within a 7 hour drive of Barcelona (Bilbao and Santander). Where ever you live in the world, driving to Valencia should be easy with ferries arriving into Spain from England and the Republic of Ireland.