Located on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Valencia is the third largest city in Spain. With a multicultural past, the Iberian, Roman, Visigoth and Moorish influence can be seen in many of the city’s most representative monuments and buildings. Tradition sits alongside cutting-edge architecture, natural parks like The Albufera, and the white sand beaches on the coast, offering visitors multiple possibilities in a twenty-first century modern city.
PLACES TO VISIT
• Valencia’s Silk Exchange – UNESCO’s World Heritage Site:
Valencia boasts thriving cultural, gastronomic and nightlife possibilities. At the heart of Valencia Old Town is the must-see Barrio del Carmen, an ancient district with cobbled streets, lined with medieval buildings and full of life. The old Turia riverbed now hosts a large green area where you can go for a walk or a bike ride, past the futuristic buildings of the City of Arts and Science. The University of Valencia, founded in 1499, is one of the oldest universities in Spain.
• In Valencia you can go sightseeing, relax on the beach, enjoy the fantastic cuisine or simply go shopping in modern malls or shops and boutiques in town.
City of Arts and Sciences alongside the former riverbed:
• Valencian famous dish: Paella and Central food market.
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Electricity supply: Electricity is supplied at 220V - 50 Hz AC with European norm plugs.
Climate: Valencia is characterized by its blue skies, with July temperatures averaging highs of well over 30º by day and nights that usually remain above 22º.
Credit Cards: Most hotels, restaurants and shops in Valencia accept the main credit cards such as American Express, VISA, Mastercard, 4B, Access y Diners Club.
Currency: € Euro
Language: There are two official languages in Valencia: Valencian and Spanish. You will find that most people are not fluent in English, except hotel staff, but they will do their best to communicate with you.
Shopping: There is a good range of shops in the city centre and also big suburban shopping centres. Shops are generally open from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 17:00 to 20:30, Mondays to Saturdays. Department stores and shopping centres stay open during lunch time and close around 21:00 to 22:00.
Eating: Spanish eating habits are characterised by late hours. We normally have lunch around 14:00 and dinner around 22:00. Most restaurants open from 14:00 to 16:00 for lunch and from 21:00 to 23:00 for dinner. However, some tourist and informal places have longer opening hours.