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Valencia is a popular sea-side city on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. While the beach is an obvious drawcard for the city, Valencia's charm is its emblematic combination of the old and new: traditional Baroque, Gothic and Neo-Classical architecture is contrasted with the ultra-modern City of Arts and Sciences, a massive educational complex designed to symbolise the Space Age. The city itself has about 800,000 inhabitants, but the total urban area is almost twice that size and the metropolitan area almost three times as big, making it one of the bigger ones in Spain. The image of a modern city is further boosted, by hosting a round of the Formule 1 Championship, in the harbour area, and being the host of the America's Cup (a sailing competition) in 2007 and 2010.
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The City of Arts and Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias) was designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava and Felix Candela. It is a series of Six buildings in a contemporary style in the dried river bed of the now diverted River Turia. This place is worth walking around by day or night because of its stunning design. There are many buildings dedicated the arts located in the complex including:
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The ticket prices are as following (2014):
- Hemisfèric: €8,80 (reduced rate €6,85)
- Museo de las Ciencias Principe Felipe: €8,80 (reduced rate €6,20)
- Oceanogràfic: €27,90 (reduced rate €21,00)
- Hemisfèric + Museo de las Ciencias Principe Felipe: €12,60 (reduced rate €9,60)
- Oceanogràfic + Hemisfèric: €30,30 (reduced rate €23,00)
- Oceanogràfic + Museo de las Ciencias Principe Felipe: €29,70 (reduced rate €22,55)
- Oceanogràfic + Hemisfèric + Museo de las Ciencias Principe: €36,25 (reduced rate €27,55), this ticket is valid for 3 days, but each sight, can only be visited once.
Reduced rates are applicable for children between 4 and 12 (children between 0-3 have free entrance), retired people and pensioners. for large families, and holders of student cards (and local Spanish youth cards), there is a discount of 15%, large groups get a special rate as well.
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Falles is a city tradition that celebrates Saint Joseph's Day on the 19th of March, and the days leading up to that date. Each year every neighbourhood in the city of Valencia has a group of people that create a falla, which is then burnt. Only the best of one will survive. The entire city (and the rest of the comunidad) comes out for the festival in their Fallas dresses and it can get very crazy. Every day at 2 p.m. the Mascleta takes place of the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. This involves a lot of firecrackers and people from every neighbourhood trying to impress each other. As a visitor it is best to watch this from a safe distance.
La Tomatina is a festival that starts the week before the last Wednesday of August in the town of Buñol which is 38 kilometres outside of Valencia. For the week before people party and there is a famous cooking contest the night before the fight. On the last Wednesday of August the massive tomato fight begins with 20,000 to 40,000 tourist coming to participate in this epic battle in a town of only 9,000 people.
Valencia has a typical Mediterranean climate with warm and dry summers and mild but wetter winters. Summers last from late May to September when average daytime temperatures are mostly between 26 °C and 30 °C while nights are warm at 18 °C to 21 °C. Winters last from December to February when during the day the temperatures are between 16 °C and 18 °C and nights average about 7 °C or 8 °C. Annual precipitation is low at around 450 mm. Most of the rain falls from September to December and summers (June to August) are driest.
|Avg Max||16.1 °C||17.2 °C||18.7 °C||20.2 °C||22.8 °C||26.2 °C||29.1 °C||29.6 °C||27.6 °C||23.6 °C||19.5 °C||16.8 °C|
|Avg Min||7 °C||7.9 °C||9 °C||10.8 °C||14.1 °C||17.9 °C||20.8 °C||21.4 °C||18.6 °C||14.5 °C||10.4 °C||8.1 °C|
|Rainfall||36 mm||32 mm||35 mm||37 mm||34 mm||23 mm||9 mm||19 mm||51 mm||74 mm||51 mm||52 mm|
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Valencia Airport (VLC) is the 8th busiest airport in Spain. The airport has flights to about 15 European countries with about 6 million passengers a year. Air Nostrum has flights to a number of Spanish cities, including Madrid, Bilbao, Seville and Málaga, and others include Casablanca, Dubrovnik, Madeira and Lisbon. Ryanair flies to/from Bari, Bologna, Brussels, Cagliari, Dublin, East Midlands, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Pisa, Rome and Weeze (near Düsseldorf). Other airlines have flights to places like Amsterdam, Paris, Geneva, New York, Prague, Zürich, Bucharest, Stuttgart and Marrakech.
To/from the airport
Valencia airport is situated adjacent to the Autovía A-3 highway which connects Valencia with Madrid and is also close to the Autovía A-7 coastal route to Barcelona. It is also well served by public transport. The airport is connected to the city by a regular bus, which takes 45 minutes, a shuttle service, which takes 20 minutes, and the metro (lines 3 and 5), which takes 20 minutes. The metro also goes to the railway station and port of Valencia (costs € 2,90 for a single ticket, note that the airport is located in Zone B). Taxis and car rental agencies are both readily available at the airport and there are thousands of long-term and short-term parking places.
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Estación Del Norte is the main train station in town and is designed in an art deco style, situated on the south end of the old city and next to the Plaza de Torros, it is a nice place, to walk in to have a look, even when you don't have to catch a train. Renfe is Spain's national railway company and there are highspeed trains travelling to and from Madrid and Barcelona, among other cities.
From Madrid, Valencia can be reached by taking the A-3 highway. From Barcelona, you take the A-7 going south along the coast. The A-7 continues to Alicante and Cartagena. The A-23 connects Zaragoza with Valencia.
Eurolines has buses to other destinations in Spain, Morocco and many European countries/cities. From inside Spain Alsa Bus is one of the biggest companies, that provides links to Valencia, including from Barcelona, Murcia, Alicante, Málaga and many more places.
Apart from taking a taxi, using your own car is not really advisable. It can get crowded and parking is expensive.
Most of Valencia can easily be explored on foot, though the beaches and City of Arts and Sciences requires some form of public transport, taxi or bike.
Valencia is one of the most bicyle friendly cities in Spain, there are many bikelanes in the city. One thing that makes biking in Valencia easier then in other Spanish cities is the fact that most of the city is flat.
Do You Bike has bikes for rent for €10 a day, during weekdays, and €15 during the weekend.
Valencia has a bicycle plan. You can take a bike from one of the many stands, and return the bike to another one. To be able to do this, you need to buy an 'abono', which can be bought at one of the stands. (for one week €10, after which lending a bike is free up to 30 minutes, and if you need it longer, for a small extra charge.)
Eating is one of the most cool things that you can do in Spain. Although Valencia is not well know because of tapas or other Spanish dishes, it is famous because of its paella. It's the regional dish and it's one of the most famous in Spain. It's made with rice, saffron adding with seafood or rabbit and chicken or vegetables. It tastes really good, and it's a relatively healthy food.
In Valencia, you can try "horchata" which is a white drink, absolutely sweet, highly recomended for summer and the hot days in Spain.
Valencia has a great nightlife. The alternative/bohemian bars and nightclubs are mainly located in the Carmen area, while the student nightlife is concentrated around Blasco Ibanez. The more mainstream weekend nightlife is around the Canovas and Juan Llorens areas. During the summer it is possible to party on the beach at Port and Malvarossa Beach.
|11flats||C/Santo Tomas 22||Apartment||-|
|40 Flats||Avenida Instituto Obrero 20||Guesthouse||-|
|ABCyou||Calle del Taquigrafo Marti 10||Guesthouse||87|
|Apartamento Pintor Fillol||Pintor Fillol, 7-2||Apartment||-|
|Apartamentos el Pilar||C/ Roger de Flor 42- Valencia||Apartment||-|
|Apartamentos La Lonja||Sagrario de la Compañia 4||Apartment||-|
|Apartamentos La Lonja 2||Poeta Alberola, Calle Danzas 3, Calle Albacete 42||Apartment||-|
|B&B Mare de Deu - Canovas||Calle Cirilo Amoros, 82 Puerta 6 - Valencia||GUESTHOUSE||84|
|B&B Mare de Deu - Jardines del Turia||C/ Maestro Racional, 23||GUESTHOUSE||80|
|Blue Moon Apartments||Calle Portal de Valldigna, 8 Valencia||Apartment||84|
|Casa Sergi||C/ Felipe de Gauna 17||Guesthouse||-|
|Feetup Hilux Hostel Valencia||Calle Cadirers 11 -1o Barrio del Carmen||HOSTEL||-|
|Home Backpackers||Plaza Vicente Iborra s/n||Hostel||88|
|Home Youth Hostel||Calle la Lonja 4||Hostel||91|
|Hostal El Cid||Calle Cerrajeros (Calle Manyans), 13||Guesthouse||79|
|Hostal Moratin||calle Moratin, 15 46002 Valencia||Hostel||84|
|Hostal Moreno||Avda Alacant 80 Silla||Guesthouse||82|
|Husa Alaquás||Avenida Pablo Iglesias 32 46970 Alaquas||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Dimar||Gran Via Marques del Turia 80||HOTEL||-|
|Husa Llar||Colon 46 46004||Hotel||-|
|Husa Mas Camarena||Nicolas Copernico 2 parque tecnologico 46980 Paterna||Hotel||-|
|Husa Reina Victoria||Barcas 4 6||Hotel||-|
|Indigo Youth Hostel||Calle Guillem de Castro, 64||Hostel||-|
|Kris Abadia||Avenida Campanar 90||Hotel||-|
|Consul del Mar||Avenida del Puerto 39||HOTEL||-|
|Merced Apartments||Plaza de la Merced||Apartment||-|
|Malvarrosa Beach||San Juan de Dios 41||GUESTHOUSE||85|
|Malvarrosa Home||Isabel de Villenal 27 Malvarrosa||Guesthouse||84|
|Patacona Resort, Sport & Relax||Avinguda de Mare Nostrum 15||APARTMENT||83|
|Pension Cadiz||Cadiz, 92 door 13||Guesthouse||-|
|Petit Palace Bristol||Abadia de San Martin,3||Hotel||83|
|Petit Palace Germanias Valencia||Sueca, 14||Hotel||88|
|Purple Nest Hostel Valencia||Plaza Tetuán n 5||HOSTEL||84|
|Red Nest Hostel Valencia||Calle Paz 36||Hostel||86|
|Residencia Campus Confort Burjassot||Av. Primero de Mayo,4 Burjassot||Hostel||81|
|Residencia Damia Bonet||Serpis 27||Hostel||86|
|Rooms Deluxe Hostel||Avenida Instituto Obrero 20||Hostel||86|
|Russafa||Padre Perera 5-1||Hostel||85|
|Turisgayvalencia Centro||Avda. Constitucin 6 Pta 41||APARTMENT||-|
|Valencia Mansion Bed and Breakfast||Calle L'Herba 6, Plaza Virgen||Guesthouse||-|
|VLC Apartments||Calle Martín Mengod 6||APARTMENT||-|
|Medium Valencia||General Urrutia, 48||HOTEL||83|
|Beach Apartment||Calle Jose Benlliure 48-4||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Mediterraneo||Av. Baron del Carcer 45||Hotel||88|
|Hotel Renasa||Avenida de Cataluna, 5||HOTEL||85|
|Hotel Sidorme Valencia Aeropuerto - Feria||Ciudad De Lliria 4 Pol. Empresarial Táctica||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Valencia Park||Carrer Botiguers 49||Hotel||-|
|Molino Nuevo||Prt Molinet 321||Guesthouse||-|
|Hotel Sidi Saler||Gola de Puchol Playa El Saler||Hotel||-|
|Vitoria Apartments||Calle Vitoria||Apartment||-|
|Aparthotel Albufera||Pl. Alqueria de la Culla, 21||Hotel||-|
|Olympia Hotel||Maestro Serrano 5||Hotel||88|
|Habitaciones Valencia||Primado Reig 42, 5-A||APARTMENT||88|
|Port Saplaya Apartments||Av. de la Huerta, 2||APARTMENT||-|
|MoonBeach Guesthouse||C/ Eugenia Viñes 113, 1o||GUESTHOUSE||81|
|Oasis Country Park||PTDA. Els Casals Rugat||Campsite||-|
|Valencia All Inclusive Camping||Avinguda Marjals||Campsite||-|
|Aqua Apartment||Autopista del Saler,4||APARTMENT||-|
|Green Flat Apartment||Av. Mare Nostrum, 7||APARTMENT||-|
|Alberg Juvenil Ciutat de Valencia||C/ Balmes 17||HOSTEL||-|
|Albergue Juvenil Colegio Mayor Galileo Galilei||Av. de los Naranjos, s/n||HOSTEL||81|
|El Mercat||Calle Cerrajeros 5||APARTMENT||82|
|Hotel Eliana Park||Maria Zambrano, 2||Hotel||-|
|El Convent de Moncada||Salvador Giner, 1||Hostel||-|
|Villa Susana||Ribarroja del Turia calle 104, numero 28||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hostal Tartessos||Pasaje La Sangre, 5, 2º||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|The Flat Valencia||Plaza de San Jaime, 7||Hostel||-|
|Hotel Apartamento Wellness||Juan de la Cierva, 27 Parque Tecnolgico. Paterna||APARTMENT||-|
|La Buhardilla||Calle de Jesus 16 - 7||APARTMENT||-|
|Design Apartment||Poeta Mas y Ros 36 18||APARTMENT||-|
|Hotel Villarreal||Calle Angel Guimera 58||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hostal Abastos||Calle Alberique 19, puerta 1,||GUESTHOUSE||82|
|Dormavalencia Reino||Avenida Reino de Valencia 88 bajo||HOTEL||-|
|Expo Hotel Valencia||Avenida Pio XII, 4||HOTEL||80|
|Hotel Europa Valencia||Calle Ribera, 4||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Turia||Profesor Beltran Baguena, 2||HOTEL||-|
|Orange Rooms Valencia||Calle Mantas 3||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Apartments Austria||calle Don Juan de Austria 4, 2nd floor, 42||APARTMENT||-|
|Stella Maris Guesthouse||Plaza Tribunal de las Aiguis||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Malvarrosa Beach Home||Vicente Ballester 16 puerta 5||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Damià Bonet Residence Hall||Calle Serpis 27 Campus dels Tarongers||Apartment||-|
|Hotel Florida Valencia||Calle Padilla 4||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Casbah||Avenida Muisco Julio Ribelles 13 El Puig||HOTEL||-|
|Valencia All-inclusive Festival Camping||Camping Puñol||CAMPSITE||-|
|Almudin Apartment||C/Tosalet 5 - 4||APARTMENT||-|
|Calicanto||Calle general Palafox 23' urbanizacion Calicanto, Torrent||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Turia Apartment||Alcacer 9||APARTMENT||-|
|Edificio Bolseria||Bolseria 2, Puertas 1,2,4||APARTMENT||-|
|Rural House Heredad de Morera||Road CV-655 KM 10, Carretera Fontanars dels Alfori||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Catalina Apartment||Plaza Virgen de la Paz 2||APARTMENT||-|
|Studentflats Valencia 70||Calle Almanzona 70||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Studentflats Valencia 68||Calle Almazora 68||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Nido Apartment||Calle Cerrajeros, 5- 1 Valencia, 46001||APARTMENT||-|
|Angel Apartment||Angel del Alcazar 1||APARTMENT||-|
|Studentflats Valencia Polo y Peyrolon||Calle Polo y Peyrolon 57||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Studentflats Valencia Fray Colomer||Plaza Fray Colomer 3||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Pension Puerto||Calle Port 58 Silla||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Cuba Guesthouse||Calle de Cofrentes 18||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Cabanas Albufera||Carrera del Riu 556 El Saler||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hospitality Apartment||Avenida del Cid 67||APARTMENT||-|
|Goya Apartment||Francisco Moreno Usedo,10,3 46018 Valencia||APARTMENT||-|
|Neptuno Apartment||Jose Benlliure 266||APARTMENT||-|
|Gabbana Hotel||Paseo Neptuno 30||HOTEL||-|
|Botanico||Doctor Peset Cervera 16 pta 4 46008||APARTMENT||-|
|Veronica Apartment||Plaza Miracle del Mocadoret 5-3 46001 Valencia||APARTMENT||-|
|Penthouse Vincent||Calle Gil y Morte 24-22 46007 Valencia||APARTMENT||-|
|Baleares||Pintor Maellla 17- 23||APARTMENT||-|
|Ciscar Apartment||Ciscar, 12||APARTMENT||-|
|Nice View Apartment||Avd. Tres Cruces, 24||APARTMENT||-|
|Mayoral Apartment||Arzobispo Mayoral, 7-15||APARTMENT||-|
|Tapineria Penthouse||Tapineria 11-5 46001 Valencia||APARTMENT||-|
|Oceano Apartment||Calle de Alfred Torán Olmos, 7-23||APARTMENT||-|
|Bolseira||Bolseira 20, 1st floor||APARTMENT||-|
|Apartamento Genoveva||Santa Genoveva Torres 30,||APARTMENT||-|
|Arenas Valencia||C/Francisco Baldomar 20||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Opera Apartment||General Urrrutia 67, 4 21 4||APARTMENT||-|
|Jorge Juan||Calle Jorge Juan, 14 Izq. C||APARTMENT||-|
|Low Cost Valencia||Ximenez de Sandoval, 8||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Casual Hotel||Doctor Marco Merenciano 3||HOTEL||-|
|Confortel Aqua 3||C/Luis García Berlanga 19-21||Hotel||-|
|Confortel Aqua 4||C/Luis García Berlanga 19-21||Hotel||-|
|Pension Balcon al Mar||Calle Juan Jose Sister, nº1||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Edificio Trinidad Apartamentos||Carrer D en Llopis 2||APARTMENT||-|
|Mitre Paterna Low Cost Rooms||C/ Pérez Galdós, 12 46980 Paterna (Valencia) Paterna||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Ad Hoc Monumental||Calle Boix 4||HOTEL||-|
|Pensión Universal||C/ Las Barcas nº 5 puerta 3 Piso 2º. Valencia||GUESTHOUSE||82|
|Albufera Atico Apartment||Avda Gola de Puchol, 13 Núcleo 5, Torre 6 piso 11||APARTMENT||-|
|Samaruc Bed Breakfast||Ángel guimerá,10 pta-8 46008.||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Blue Moon Terrace Apartment||Calle Palleter||APARTMENT||-|
|Cruz Apartment||C/ La cruz nº 4 pta 16 valencia 46003||APARTMENT||-|
|El Palomar Apartment||Avd.de la huerta 36-6||APARTMENT||-|
|Germanias Apartment||C/ La cruz nº 4 pta 16 valencia 46003||APARTMENT||-|
|Miracle Apartment||Plaza del Miracle del Mocadoret 3-5 Valencia||APARTMENT||-|
|Sercotel Sorolla Palace||Avenida de las cortes Valencianas 58||HOTEL||-|
|Vincent Apartment||C/Gil y Morte 20 pta 21 46008 Valencia||APARTMENT||-|
|Apartment Escultor||Escultor Alfonso Gabino, 4 27 46022 Valencia||APARTMENT||-|
|Casa del Mar||Progreso 105||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Comedias II Duplex||C/Vestuario 4 C, 46003 Valencia||APARTMENT||-|
|Don Jaime||Calle Baja 7-4 46001 Valencia||APARTMENT||-|
|Comedias I||Vestuario 4, B, 46003 Valencia||APARTMENT||-|
|Hotel Continental||Correa 8||HOTEL||-|
|Cervantes II||Matematico Marzal 4||APARTMENT||-|
|Hotel del Carmen||C/ Blanquerías 11||HOTEL||-|
|Apartamentos Plaza Picasso||Calle Gongora 6||APARTMENT||81|
|The River Hostel||Plaza de Temple, 6||HOSTEL||-|
|Quart Youth Hostel||Calle Guillem de Castro 64||HOSTEL||-|
|La Reina Bed & Breakfast||calle del mar 52||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Innsa Hostel||Calle Baja 48||HOSTEL||-|
|DingDong Nuns||Monges, 4||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|DingDong Palacete||Embajador Vich, 5||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|DingDong Telas||Tapineria 13||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Cerca del Centro y de la Playa||Avenida Catalumya 6, P39||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Cervantes I||C/Matematico Marzal 15 1||APARTMENT||-|
|Veronica II||Plaza Miracle del Mocadoret 5-7||APARTMENT||-|
|Bed & Bike Apartment||Calle Pintor Fillol 4||APARTMENT||-|
|Candela||Calle Santos Justo y Pastor 51-10 46022 Valencia||APARTMENT||-|
|Puzol Beach||Barranco del Pig 12 46530 Pucol||APARTMENT||-|
|Ciscar||Calle Ciscar 61 - 3||APARTMENT||-|
|Itaca Consul del Mar||Avda. del Puerto 39||Hotel||-|
Internet is widely available within Spain. Most airports have wifi-zones and in most towns there are internet cafés or shops where you can use internet for a fixed price. Wi-Fi points in bars and cafeterias are available after ordering, and most hotels offer Wi-Fi connection in common areas for their guests.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The international access code for Spain is +34. The emergency number for police, ambulance and the fire brigade is 112.
In cities you can find plenty of public phones, and 'locutorios'. The latter are small shops where you can use the phone and use internet. Most of them also sell prepaid cards for mobile telephones. These shops are used a lot by foreigners to call to their mother country.
The main mobile network operators in Spain are Yoigo, Vodafone, Movistar and Orange, as in most of Europe voice and data coverage is generally good in urban areas however it can be patchy in rural locations. Cheap mobile phones (less than €50) with some pre-paid minutes are sold at FNAC or any phone operator's shop (Vodafone, Movistar, Orange). Topping-up is then done by buying scratch cards from the small stores, supermarkets, vending points (often found in tobacco shops) or kiosks.
If you want to post a card, you can head to the post office (Correos). The Spanish post is not yet as efficient as colleagues in other countries so receiving a card can take a bit longer than the number of days that it should take. On the website of Correos, you can find the locations of nearby post offices.
Post offices are generally open from 8:30am to 2:00pm, although times will vary according to the size of the city/town and the main post offices might be open until the early evening. Most will also open again on Saturday mornings, but in the smaller towns will close as early as 12 noon. When posting a letter, look for a yellow box and, if possible, post at the post office itself where there will also be divisions for local, national and international mail. Be prepared for long queues at the post office. This is why tobacco shops sell stamps and many will also have the facility to weigh packages. Standard letters/postcards of up to 20 grams sent within Spain are €0.34. However, non-standard letters/postcards of up to 20g are €0.39. Letters/postcards of 20 to 50 grams are €0.45. In the case of international shipping, the price is €0.64 to most countries within Europe for standard envelopes (letters/postcards) up to 20g, for a few European countries and outside Europe it is €0.78. If you want to send a package you are probably better off with a private courier company like TNT, DHL or UPS, as they offer quick and reliable services against competitive prices.
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