Valencia is one of the largest and most famous cities in Spain. The city has a perfect geographical location: it is situated on the banks of the Turia River, which flows into the Mediterranean Sea. So, for centuries Valencia had been a key point during knockdown battles between Romans, Visigoths, Christians and Moors to be owned by
You will find beaches right in the very heart of it. During the summer-months it is heavily visited by tourists, and if you want to spend holidays at the beach, with fantastic possibilities for any kind of sports (golf, diving, cycling, tennis, etc. are all very popular here) and a boiling nightlife, together with an ample cultural offer, then Valencia is the place for you.
Important trade fairs confirm Valencia's position as one of the most dynamic cities in Spain, as does the spectacular Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, the "City of Arts and Sciences", a newly constructed area of the city boasting extravagant architecture.
September and October are more active months and the weather permits beach outings. Pavement cafes are still open until around the end of October.
Not to miss in Valencia:
City of the Arts and Sciences
It can be difficult to wrap your head around the City of the Arts and Sciences. The attraction is a staggering ensemble of ultra-modern structures that are given an ethereal quality by the reflecting pools that surround them.
The star of the City of the Arts and Sciences is this cutting-edge oceanarium that opened in 2003. With 45,000 individual animals from 500 different species, you won’t find another attraction on this scale in Europe.
La Lonja de la Seda
This majestic late-15th-century building is a UNESCO site and held as the masterpiece of Valencian gothic architecture. La Lonja de la Seda is the finest a monument to Valencia’s golden age, when the city was one of Europe’s main centres for trade and culture.
The city’s solemn gothic cathedral dates to the 13th and 14th centuries, with renaissance, baroque and neoclassical modifications made over the next few hundred years. Go inside to see 15th-century renaissance paintings by artists such as the Valencian, Jacomart as well as several from Rome commissioned by Pope Alexander VI.
Like most historic centres in Spanish cities the heart of Valencia is made for wandering. All of the must-see sights in this part of the city are just couple of minutes away from each other.
Within minutes of the old-town you could be sunning yourself on a Mediterranean beach. Malvarrosa is a wide strip of golden sand that stretches for a kilometre along the city’s seafront
General information to help you prepare your travel
Valencia airport is centrally located and only about 8 km away from the Valencia city. Valencia Airport operates three different modes of transport into the city. There are the options of taxi, bus and metro. There are alternatively two public transport methods. The metro will take you to the centre in around 25 minutes and costs 3.90€ for the journey. The bus is the cheapest method, costing 1.50€ and taking approximately 25-30 minutes. All methods are available directly from the airport.
The average annual temperature in the Valencia is 23.0 °C (73.4 °F) during the day and 13.8 °C (56.8 °F) at night. Valencia has a similar latitude to Madrid. However, the climate of these Spanish cities is very different, as Valencia is located at the seaside; Madrid is located in the approximate middle of the inland plateau. Valencia has much warmer winters (data from January, the coldest month)
The currency in Spain is the euro"€", the same as in other European Union countries.
In Spain the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Spain.
The two official languages spoken in the Valencia city are Spanish and Valencian. English and Catalan are widely spoken
Medical centres and hospitals provide 24 hrs emergency service
The national emergency phone number is 112. Hotels have a doctor on call through the reception. Reciprocal E.C. cover is available at out-patient departments, otherwise private consultation fees are charged.
Spain has become one of the countries with the toughest anti-tobacco laws. In addition to the law that avoids smoking in public spaces, taxes on cigarettes continue to rise every year.