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The region of Valencia is located in the east of Spain and is well known for its ceramics, fans, oranges and wicker-work. The Valencian coast consists of many beautiful resorts with golden beaches and towns full of history. Inland, the soil is fertile and the region has adopted the nickname 'the bread-basket of Spain'. Valcencia is rich with history, natural beauty and culture.

Wherever you go in the region of Valencia you are bound to come across plantations of oranges. In parts of the region, the orange trees are surrounded by olive trees, almond trees and in some areas, by rice paddy fields.
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The Valencia region is served by Valencia airport and in the south, by Alicante airport. The capital of the region of Valencia is Valencia city.

 
 
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Map of Valencia
Map of historic centre
 
Valencia city is well connected within the road network, namely by the N340 to Barcelona and Alicante, the NIII to Castilla La Mancha and Madrid and the A7 motorway which links Valencia to the European network.

 

Getting around Valencia

Valencia is one of Spain's most densely populated cities and is always busy. It's also a very popular tourist destination. As you enter the city of Valencia, the roads become somewhat confusing and can be hard work. Once in the city, expect to spend time in traffic and parking can be very difficult. The inner city of Valencia is not as large as you might first imagine and walking is the best way to get around. We found that parking near the City of Sciences was a good idea then walk into the historic centre (2km). Valencia has a city bike rental service, www.valenciabikes.com. You can take a guided tour of Valencia by bike at 10am every day. (Tel 963 851 740). The cycle rental system in Valencia has parks all over the city where you can collect/deposit a cycle. When walking round you have to watch out for bikes as they're everywhere. There were a few horse and carriages near the Plaza de la Virgen, offering trips at 30€ a go. Walking tours are a great way to learn about Valencia. At around 15€ per adult and lasting 2 hours, the historic centre walk rund at 11am every Sunday. There are other walks to choose from too. 4 languages available.

 

The tour bus in Valencia is another way to get around although we found it not as good as other cities. The bus runs on two routes (red and blue). We thought the bus was a little fast and there weren't many stops. You do get to see the most important sights but only as you are travelling along. The bus was advertised as an 'open-top' bus but we were unfortunate that the driver we had saw a grey cloud and thought he'd put the roof over, making photography and video impossible. No amount of asking would make him change his mind. At 15€ per person, it was hardly worth it. We got on much better when we decided to walk round.

 

The Valencia Tourist Card may be an option if you plan on travelling a lot as it offers free, unlimited public transport and discounts on various attractions. Cards last 24/48 or 72 hours. Purchase from any tourist office and hotels. Tel 900 701 818.

Prices: 24hour 12€, 48hour 18€ and 72hour 22€.

Valencia tourbus

 


What to see in Valencia city

Valencia was founded by the Roman Empire in 138BC and has been a thriving city ever since. As such, there's no wonder that there's so much to see in the city. There's a mltitude of historic buildings that remain from every era. Art Deco stands happily alongside classical, Baroque and Renaissance buildings. There's a unique and attractive buliding on every corner.

 
To see the historical centre of Valencia you would do well to make your way to the Plaza de la Virgen (pictured right). This is the heart of old Valencia and once the location for the Roman Forum. This area was once surrounded like an island by the tributaries of the River Turia. This is now illustrated by the fountain in the square which consists of a central figure representing the river, surrounded by seven maidens, representing the tributaries. Today the square is a popular resting place and is constantly full of life. Around this square you will find many important buildings such as the Cathedral, the Basilica and the Palacio de la Generalitat.
 
The Plaza de la Virgen has a handful of cafes around the edge and it's a nice place to sit in the mid-day sun. Snacks and drinks are quite good value.
 

The Cathedral (pictured right), stands on ground once occupied by a Muslim Mosque and an earlier church. The current building is of Gothic-Cistercian design and dates from 1262. It wasn't actually completed until the 18th century. This is illustrated by the many differing designs incorporated. There are three doors, all in different styles.

 

There is an imposing tower which can be climbed using the 200 steps. You will be rewarded at the top with spectacular panoramic views of the city. Purchase a ticket inside the Cathedral (costs approx. 1.50€). You can also purchase books and city guides inside the Cathedral.

 

Watch out for gypsies peddling 'lucky' heather and telling fortunes in this area, although there is usually a high police prescence.

 
Pictured right is the view from the tower over the beautifully laid out gardens. Next to the Cathedral you will find the Basilica de la Virgen, a temple dedicated to the Valencian Patroness. At the altar you will find a beautiful Gothic statue. The Basilica was built between 1652 and 1667 following a style that is considered Pre-baroque. The building is of oval shape with a beautiful painted dome. It is not of great proportions and the building often struggles to cope with the number of worshipers. The City's patron is celebrated on the second Sunday in May when the statue is carried to the Cathedral and back. In a noisy and emotional ceremony, the statue is passed person to person without touching the ground. The evening procession is accompanied by rose petals thrown from the balconies and huge floral displays being built.
 

The city walls and gates

Pictured right is another important construction in the city. The Torres de Quart is the work of Pere Bonfill and dates from 1444. The walls are pitted with holes caused by French shelling during the War of Independence. The building receives its name because it was once the gateway to Quart de Poblet, an old settlement on the Valencian plains. The towers once formed part of the old city walls, destroyed in 1865 to allow the city to expand.

 

There is another tower in Valencia, called the Torres de Serranos, a massive and bold construction opened in 1400 and still standing strong to this day. The back of the towers is almost as interesting as the front, with its 6 arches in 3 tiers. The Valldigna Gate dates from 1440 and was opened by the Moors to allow access to the city.

 
You can still walk through the gate of the Torres del Quart and you can pay a small entrance fee and climb to the top ramparts.
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The Market District of Valencia

Another area of the city worthy of exploration is the market district. Here you will find the Lonja, pictured right. This ancient building was constructed as the market or exchange for silks and other merchants. The building has been described as one of the best civil Gothic buildings in Europe, a fact recognised by UNESCO who declared the Lonja 'Heritage of Humanity', the only building in Valencia to enjoy this title.

 

If you have time to explore the Lonja you will be rewarded with fantastic architecture, a wonderful plaza and some of the finest ceilings in Spain. The wooden panelling is gilded to a very high standard. Entry is free.

Lonja, Valencia

Central Market in Valencia

In the same area you will find the Central Market. Up until 1928 the market was held in the streets. This ceased when the new building was completed. Having a surface area of more than 8,000 square metres, it is one of the largest in Europe. It houses thousands of stalls. It has a great main hall and a side hall dedicated to the selling of fish, both covered by glass domes. If you want to see the best of Valencian city life then this is the place to see it.

 

Pictured right is the central market building, always full of life. You could easily spend a few hours exploring it. There are some great places to grab a snack outside. You can sample tapas and typical Valencian dishes for very little money.

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The bullring in Valencia

One of the most impressive bullrings in Spain, it has four tiers of arches and dates back 150 years. It is totally of red brick construction except the white balustrades. When it was built outside the city walls in 1860, it was the largest bullring in Spain. It seats over 16,000 people. You can find the bullring next to the huge railway station and it's about 10 minutes walk from the historic centre.

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All in all, Valencia is a vibrant city that offers a wealth of plazas and gardens in which to rest, a wide variety of historical buildings to explore, dotted around the city and blending in with the modern constructions and the added bonus of a thriving port, marina and long beaches.

 

Holidays in Valencia

Valencia is the perfect destination for a city break. You can fly in to Valencia airport, take the Metro right into the city and find quality hotels at very attractive prices. Whatever you want from a city break, you will find it in the city of Valencia, day or night. If you're not exploring the city then chill out on the superb beach or take time out in the many museums and galleries.

 

   

The modern part of Valencia

One of the busiest areas of the city is the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, the new vital centre of the city. Here you will find the main post office and the City Council building. Not far from here you will find the North Station, built in 1906, arriving here by train you will find yourself close to the heart of the central historical centre.

 

The post office and other buildings in this part of Valencia are something to behold and totally different to the historical centre. The architecture is amazing.

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Modern Valencia
   

Parks and gardens in Valencia

The Glorieta is one of the most important gardens in Valencia. Built by the French during their occupation of the city, the gardens are adorned with busts ans statues. The gardens were the first area in Valencia to have gas lighting in 1844. The Botanical Gardens are owned by the university and were established in the 19th century to serve the pharmaceutical industry and research. The old riverbed through the city has been drained and now houses various sports installations and parks including the City of Arts and Sciences.

The Parque de Cabecera is one of the largest parks in Valencia. Others include Jardines del Real (Royal Gardens), Parque del Oeste (West Park) and Parque de Marxalenes, slightly north of the historic centre. The Royal Gardens are worthy of a visit. Here you can see the foundations of the historic moat that used to surround a palace.

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Gulliver play park in Valencia
   

The largest park in Valencia runs through the dry river bed in which the City of Sciences stands. (See information and photo album here). Every section of the park, between bridges, is different from the last. There's a huge children's play area called 'Gulliver'. It's a moulded image of Gulliver and you are the tiny people. It's of huge proportions and is free of charge to use.

 

There are water features everywhere throughout the park as well as cycle routes, cycle hire, crazy golf and much more.

Valencia City of Sciences
   

The coast of Valencia - The Costa Blanca (full feature here)

The Costa Blanca is one of the most popular destinations in Spain. The beaches are of golden sand and the resorts range from tiny fishing villages to the thriving resorts such as Benidorm and the city of Alicante.

 

The coast of Valencia city

The main beach in Valencia is beautiful. It's very long and straight with a wide, tiled paseo. There are only a few beach bars and restaurants, lots of free parking and facilities on the beach include lifeguards and volleyball nets. The sand is spotlessly clean and golden in colour.


It may be said that the Valencian coast consists of just one long beach, interrupted only by a few small cliffs at Cullera. Of the 14 municipalities of Valencia, only four have a coastal strip. In the north you find El Camp de Morvedre with its capital Sagunto. The 57,000 inhabitants are spread between the port area and the old city. The famous castle looks over the old city on a hill, one kilometre long. Sagunto has a Roman theatre dating from the 2nd century, the first such monument to receive official protection. The upper part of the town is very picturesque and should be visited on foot. Explore the narrow streets in the Jewish Quarter. There are also several important monasteries and churches worthy of a visit. Along the south coast is La Ribera Baja, an area dominated by its capital, Sueca. Described as the 'Rice Town' it lies on a huge plain. Its coastal area is a booming tourist centre. The wide Bahia de los Naranjos (Orange Grove Bay) is one of the most attractive areas along the whole coast. The population swells to over 100,000 during the summer. The district of Oliva marks the boundary of the region in the south. It has a magnificent beach and a great deal of history to explore.

Valencia beaches
 

Idealspain's visit to Valencia

We stayed in Valencia for three days in February 2011 and loved every moment. Valencia is a beautiful city full of history and lots to see. There's so much life and culture there. Valencia isn't the cheapest city we have been to but it certainly is one of the prettiest. We walked our feet off for three days but managed to see most things. Valencia is very clean and the traffic was surprisingly calm. From Valencia we drove south to the National Park in Albufera and through the rice fields to Cullera.


The Climate in Valencia

Valencia enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. It very rarely gets extremely cold in Valencia and there are usually more than 200 clear skies in a year. The nicest thing about the weather in Valencia is that there are no real extremes. The variation of temperature is moderate.


Fiestas in Valencia

When it comes to festivals, Valencia's calendar is full. Much of the city's festivities are marked by huge firework displays for which the city is famous. The majority of fiestas in Valencia are noisy. The most important celebration in Valencia is that of the Fallas which lasts a whole week from the 15th-19th March. It's of such a size that it has been noted as of 'international importance'. It coincides with the beginning of spring and throws Valencia into an explosion of noise and colour. More than 300 huge Fallas (works of art) are erected around the city. Each is a symbol of malicious criticism and sarcasm. The climax is on March 19th when the Fallas are burned at midnight. Easter week (Semana Santa) is also huge in Valencia. Another fiesta in Valencia worthy of mention is the Corpus Christi which dates back to the 14th century. Valencia was one of the first cities to celebrate Corpus Christi. You can see a diary of Valencian fiestas here.

 

The feria ground in Valencia is located in the Benimamet district and covers over 600,000 square metres which includes parking for 7,000 vehicles. The showground plays host to more than 40 events a year and handles more than 1.3 million people per year. The modern events centre stands out and is covered by a huge glass dome. Close by is the Luis Puig Cycle Track that also plays host to other large sporting events.

 

Las fallas
Video of Las Fallas
in Denia 2011
Lady of Forsaken
Lady of Forsaken
Denia, Fiesta 2011

 

 


Transport for Valencia city

The rail links with Valencia are excellent with a high speed link with Madrid and other major cities. The network of rail for Valencia covers more than 150km of track and 132 stations. Much of the rail in Valencia is underground, beneath the city. You can see Valencia on the open top tour bus, horse and carriage or by using the popular cycle hire scheme.


Entertainment and what to do in Valencia

Valencia also offers a cultural experience never forgotten. There are ample theatres, cinemas, dance halls and entertainment venues. The nightlife pulsates until the early hours of the morning. There are venues to suit every age and taste.

 

 

The City of Arts and Sciences

This has to be one of the jewels of Valcencia. The revolutionary facility cannot be totally seen in one day. Housed in a ground-breaking, modern building in the former river bed, it includes several facilities such as the 'Hemisferic', in the shape of the human eye, it houses a 900m dome onto which 3D films are screened. The key word in the Science Museum is 'touch'. The museum is designed to give a hands on experience. The Oceanografico has sea lions, whales and sharks and much more. More information: Tel 902 100 031 or see the website at www.cac.es

 

See information and photo album here

 

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Bioparc Zoo

This zoo in Valencia has quite a unique design in so much as it has been designed to have invisible barriers between the animals and the visitors. The zoo is divided into several different habitats. More info www.bioparcvalencia.es or telephone 902 250 340. Nearest metro station is the 9th October. Entry to the Bioparc is around 21€ for adults and 15€ for children. You can purchase a discount ticket for the tour bus that includes the Bioparc. You save 10€ per person. The Bioparc is located on the outskirts of the city, at the end of the riverbed gardens. Tour bus, red route runs past it (stop number 7).

 


Museums and art in Valencia

Being such a large, cosmopolitan city, there's little wonder that Valencia has such a wide range of museums. The Arts and Sciences centre is one of the most important. We have listed most of them below.

The Queen Sofia Palace of the Arts was brought back into use in 2006 and is just one place to sample the arts in Valencia. There's a whole network of theatres in the city where a wide range of concerts and productions can be enjoyed, all year round. The Palace of Music has four halls and stages opera, jazz and much more. See a full list of museums and galleries in Valencia below.


 

Contacts
 
Local Police - Emergencies - 092
General Emergencies - 112  
National Police - Emergencies - 091  
Guardia Civil Valencia - 963 695 899
Council Office Valencia - 963 525 478  
Feria de Valencia - 963 861 100  
Telefonica - 1004  
Fire brigade Valencia - 963 730 080

Post office Valencia - 963 516 750

Tourist Offices in Valencia

Tourist Info Valencia - Paz

C/Paz 48. Tel 963 986 422

Tourist Info Valencia - Renfe

C/Xativa, 24. Tel 963 528 573

Tourist Info Valencia - Plaza de la Reina

Plaza de la Reina, 19. Tel 963 153 931

Tourist Info Valencia - Playa

Pa de Neptuno, 2. Tel 963 557 108

Tourist Info Valencia - Port

Estacion de Acciona. Tel 963 674 606

Credit card losses in Valencia
VISA Internacional 900 974 445
American Expres 915 225 322
Diner club 915 474 000
4B/ Master Card 915 225 322
Tarjeta 6000 913 553 000

Hospitals in Valencia

Hospital Clínico, Valencia
Av Blasco Ibáñez 17
Tel: 963 862 600

Hospital Dr. Pesset, Valencia
Av Gaspar Aguilar 90
Tel: 963 862 500

Hospital La Fe, Valencia
Av de Campanar 21
Tel: 963 862 700

Regional Arnau de Vilanova, Valencia
Calle Sant Climent 26
Tel: 963 868 576

 
Transport

 

Valencia Touristic Bus

Bus stops around Valencia on 2 routes. Ticket valid 24/48 hours and buses every 20 minutes. First bus 10.30am, last bus 7pm. Tel: 963 414 514 Web: www.valenciabusturistic.com

Radio Taxi Valencia - Tel 963 703 333

Bus station Valencia - Tel 963 497 222

valencia Airport - Tel 961 598 500

Train station Valencia - Tel 963 520 202 The train station is located near the bullring, south of the historical centre. (ask for Estacion del Norte).

Valencia Bikes

www.valenciabikes.com

Tel 963 851 740

Low cost car hire in Valencia - Instant quotes, online booking and guaranteed reservations. Access to all the top car hire companies in Spain


 

 

 

Entertainment

 

Bioparc (Zoo) Valencia Avda Pio Baroja, 3, Valencia. Tel: 902 250 340 www.bioparcvalencia.com

Centre of Arts and Sciences Avda Autopista del Saler, Valencia Tel: 902 100 031 www.cac.es

Municipal Sports Foundation Pa de la Pechina, 42, Valencia Tel: 963 548 300

Mestalla Football Stadium Av Sueca, Valencia Tel: 963 372 626

El Sala Golf Club Av de los Pinares, 151, El Saler, Valencia Tel: 961 610 384

Valencia Motor Racing Circuit Autovia A3, Salida 334, Valencia Tel: 902 012 899

City of Valencia Football Stadium C/de San Vincente de Paul, 44, Valencia Tel: 963 688 080

Valencia Horse Racing Track C/Jaca, 23, Valencia Tel: 963 615 363

Casino Cirsa Valencia Avda de las Cortes Valencianas, 59 Tel: 902 101 505

 

 

Theatres in Valencia

Filmoteca Ivac Pl Ayuntamiento - 963 539 300

L'Aitre Espal C/Platero Suarez, 11 - 963 651 750

Carme Theatre C/Gutemburg, 12 - 963 924 271

Centre Teatral Escalante C/Landerer 5 - 963 912 442

Sala Palmireno Av Blasco Ibanez 28 - 963 864 400

Teatre El Micalet C/Maestre Palau, 3 - 963 921 482

Teatro Circulo C/Roger de Flor, 17 - 963 922 023

Teatro de los Manantiales C/Alzira, 9 - 963 364 040

Teatro de Marionetas La Estrella C/Angeles, 33 - 963 562 292

Teatro La Estrella La Petxina C/Dr.Sanchis Bergon, 29 - 963 717 384

Teatro El Musical del Cabanyal Pl. Rosari, 3 - 963 242 552

Teatro L'Hora Baixa C/Baron de San Petrillo, 34 - 963 690 729

Teatro Off C/Turia, 47 - 963 841 185

Teatro Olympia C/San Vicente Martir, 44 - 963 517 315

Teatro Principal C/Barcas, 15 - 963 539 200

Teatro Rialto Pl. Ayuntamiento, 17 - 963 539 300

Teatro Talia C/Caballeros, 31 - 963 912 920

El Marionetari C/Turia, 41 - 963 925 290

Radio City C/Santa Teresa, 19 - 963 914 151

Sala Espacio Inestable C/Dr. Sanchis Bergon, 5 - 665 388 000

Sala Matilde Salvador C/Universidad, 2 - 963 864 377

Teatra Horta C/San Martin de Porres, 17 - 963 759 643

 

 
 
 
 
 

Museums in Valencia (we have not listed all museums)

Casa Museo Jose Benilliure (painter/sculptor) C/Blanquerias, 23 - 963 911 662

Casa Museo Blasco Ibanez (writer) C/Isabel de Villena, 156 - 963 525 478

Casa Museo Concha Piquer (singer) C/Ruaya, 1 - 963 485 658

Casa Museo Semana Santa Marinera Salvador (Holy Week) C/Rosario, 3 - 963 525 478

Archaeological Museum Pl. Decimo Junio Bruto - 962 084 173

Fine Arts Museum, Centro del Carme C/Museo 2 - 963 152 024

Fine Arts Museum, San Pio V C/San Pio V - 963 870 300

Museum of Natural Science C/San Pio V - 962 084 313

Museum of History of Medicine Pl Cisneros, 4 - 963 929 229

Museum of History of Valencia C/Valencia 42 - 963 701 105

Cathedral Museum Pl. Almoina - 963 918 127

Museo de la Ciudad (City Museum) Pl. Arzobispo, 3 - 963 525 478

Museo del Arroz (Museum of Rice) C/Rosario 3 - 963 676 291

Museo del Juguete (Toy Museum) Camino de Vera - 963 877 030

Museo Historico Militar (Military Museum) C/General Gil Dolz - 961 966 215

Museo Historico Municipal Pl. Ayuntamiento - 963 525 478

Museo del Trenet (Train Museum) C/Poeta Fernandez Heredia - 963 525 478

Museo Taurino (Bullfighting Museum) Pasaje de Doctor Serra - 963 883 738

 

 

     
 
 

 

 

     
Hotels

Whatever type or size of hotel you want in Valencia, you will find it and the prices are very good due to fierce competition. Most hotels offer discount packages that may include full board, half board or bed and breakfast. You can book discount hotels in Valencia here

 

There are several large hotels in the area around the City of Sciences which is a 15-20 minute walk to the historical centre of Valencia. Most of these hotels have private and on-street parking whereas city centre hotels it's a little more dicfficult. Hotels in this district include:

The Holiday Inn Valencia

The Aqua 3 and 4 Hotels in Valencia

The Expo Hotel, Valencia

 

 

Pictured right are some of the modern hotels in Valencia.

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