Places in Spain -
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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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La Mancha and Madrid and the A7
Getting around Valencia
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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€.
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.
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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.
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at the top
Watch out for gypsies peddling 'lucky' heather and telling fortunes in this area, although there is usually a high police prescence.
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The city walls and gates
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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Central Market in Valencia
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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.
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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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.
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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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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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.
TheClimate in Valencia
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
is famous. The majority of fiestas in Valencia are noisy.
in Valencia is that of
March. It's of such a size that it has been noted as of 'international importance'. It
of spring and throws
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.
Video of Las Fallas
in Denia 2011
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
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
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.
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
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
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: