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    Valencia – a brief overview

    A torrent of investment has seen parts of Valencia radically transformed over the last decade. The modern art museum, IVAM, was reimagined by Japanese design team SANAA, the harbour has been revamped, and the mind-blowing Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (City of Arts and Sciences) by Valencia-born architect Santiago Calatrava has become a stunning landmark. But long before this modern renaissance, Spain’s third city was a destination rich in art and history.

    Founded in antiquity, Valencia was ruled by the Romans and Moors, before becoming a key Mediterranean port town in the 15th century. Apart from the gorgeous historic centre, there are pleasant beaches, the Albufera nature reserve to the south, and the legendary Las Fallas effify-burning festival in March.

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    Top 10 sights in Valencia

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    Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències

    Avenida Autovía del Saler 7
    46013 Valencia
    Tel: +34 902 100 031
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-2100 (Jul-Aug)
    Daily 1000-1900 (mid-Apr to Jun, Sep to mid-Oct and Christmas holidays)
    Mon-Thu 1000-1800 (mid-Oct to mid-Apr)
    Fri-Sun 1000-1900 (mid-Oct to mid-Apr)

    The jaw-dropping ‘city of arts and sciences’ looks like a giant metal whale, but apart from housing Europe’s biggest aquarium, it houses a science museum, planetarium and a vast IMAX screen.

    Institut Valencià d’Art Modern

    Calle Guillem de Castro 118
    46210 Valencia
    Tel: +34 96 386 3000
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1900

    IVAM hosts exhibitions from around the world and a fascinating permanent collection of contemporary art, while in the basement are remains of the city’s medieval ramparts.

    Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia

    Calle San Pío V 9
    46010 Valencia
    Tel: +34 96 387 0300
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    Opening times:
    Mon 1100-1700
    Tue-Sun 1000-1900

    One of Spain’s most unmissable museums, Bellas Artes is situated in a historic 17th-century building that has been sensitively restored and contains works by Goya and Velázquez.

    Museo Nacional de Cerámica

    Calle Poeta Queról 2
    46002 Valencia
    Tel: +34 96 351 6392
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 1000-1400 and 1600-2000
    Sun 1000-1400

    Celebrating the ceramics history of the Valencia region and beyond, the 18th-century palace that hosts the museum is compelling in itself, with its striking marble-sculpted entrance.

    Museo Fallero

    Plaza del Monteolivete 4
    46004 Valencia
    Tel: +34 96 352 5478
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 1000-1900 (mid-Mar to mid-Oct)
    Tue-Sat 1000-1800 (mid-Oct to mid-Mar)
    Sun 1000-1500

    The Fallas is Valencia’s landmark festival taking place every March, known for its colossal papier mâché figures of famous people, some of the best of which are collected in this novel museum.


    Plaza Almoina
    46003 Valencia
    Tel: +34 96 391 8127
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1000-1830 (mid-Mar to Oct)
    Sun 1400-1830 (mid-Mar to Oct)
    Mon-Sat 1000-1730 (Nov to mid-Mar)

    Christianity reached Spain by the fourth century and its mighty cathedral has the honour of holding what is claimed to be the Holy Grail, as well as two Goyas, and a breathtaking melange of Romanesque and Gothic architecture.

    El Patriarca: Real Colegio del Corpus Christi

    Calle de la Nave 1
    46003 Valencia
    Tel: +34 96 351 4176
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1000-1300 and 1630-1930 (Sep-Jul)
    Mon-Sat 1000-1300 (Aug)

    Dating back to the 16th century, when it was founded by San Juan de Ribera, this seminary is the most stunning example of Valencia’s Renaissance architecture. It includes a museum with work by the likes of Ribalta and El Greco.

    Church of San Nicolás

    Calle de Caballeros 35
    46001 Valencia
    Tel: +34 96 391 3317
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    Opening times:
    Mon 0730-2000
    Tue-Sat 1030-1800
    Sun 1030-1300

    Valencia’s oldest church melds Gothic and baroque design, with a glorious altar lavished in gold decoration. It dates back to the 13th century and claims Pope Callixtus III as one of its former rectors.

    Lonja de la Seda

    Calle de la Lonja 2
    46001 Valencia
    Tel: +34 96 208 4153
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0930-1900
    Sun 0930-1500

    The Lonja’s name means ‘the silk exchange’, and as a remnant of Valencia’s golden age in the 15th century, is one of the most spectacular Gothic buildings in Spain.

    Estació del Nord

    Calle Xàtiva 24
    46007 Valencia
    Tel: +34 902 320 320
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0345-2355
    Sun 0600-2355

    If arriving by train into Valencia, be sure to stop for a few minutes to admire this grand Moderniste station, designed by Demetrio Ribes Mano in 1917.

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    Country overview

    From sizzling cuisine and riotous fiestas to cutting-edge contemporary art, age-old museums and a palpitating beach culture, Spain sure packs a punch. It’s feisty, sexy and extremely hot – almost like a sensual flamenco dancer who captivates with her mesmerising moves. Whether you are a culture vulture, history buff or beach bum, it’s almost inevitable that with Spain, it’ll be love at first sight.

    As versatile as a chameleon, Spain’s multifaceted personality is further highlighted by different corners of the country: from the golden sun-kissed shores of Costa del Sol to the snow-lathered peaks of the Pyrénées; from the futuristic architecture of Valencia to the medieval towns of Catalonia; from the expansive boulevards of cosmopolitan Madrid to the rural countryside of Galicia.


    Spain shares the Iberian Peninsula with its smaller neighbour, Portugal, and is bordered to the northeast by the Pyrenees mountain range that cuts across France and Andorra. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, Spain has numerous stretches of coastline that are extremely crowded especially in summer.

    Spain has two main groups of islands that are popular with tourists: the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera) located 193km (120 miles) southeast of Barcelona, and the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa (mainly Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and La Palma). Located in continental Africa, the tiny enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla also form a part of Spain.

    Mainland Spain is the second highest and most mountainous country in Europe, with an average height of 610m (2,000ft). The Pyrenees stretch roughly 400km (249 miles) from the Basque Country’s Atlantic coast.

    In places the peaks rise to over 1,524m (5,000ft), the highest point being 3,404m (11,169ft).

    The main physical feature of Spain is the vast central plateau, or meseta, divided by several chains of sierras. The higher northern area includes Castile and León and the southern section comprises Castile-La Mancha and Extremadura. In the south, the high plains rise further at the Sierra Morena before falling abruptly at the great valley of the Guadalquivir.

    Southeast of Granada is the Sierra Nevada, which runs parallel to the Mediterranean. Its summit Mulhacen, at 3,718m (12,198ft), is the highest point on the Spanish peninsula. The highest peak in Spain is the Pico del Teide on Tenerife in the Canaries, measuring a height of 3,718m (12,198ft).

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    Key facts

    Population: 47370542

    Population Density (per sq km): 94

    Capital: Madrid.


    The official language is Spanish (Castilian). Other languages spoken in the first language in Spain include Euskera (in Basque Country, northeastern Spain), Catalan (in Eastern Spain, with variations spoken in Valencia and the Balearics) and Galician (in the northwest). There are also various regional dialects, but you’ll have no problems getting around Spain with knowledge of Castilian Spanish. English is not commonly used, so be sure to pick up some basic Spanish words before your trip.


    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs are in use.


    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents (céntimos). Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    General business opening hours

    In Barcelona, Seville and Granada, business hours are generally 0800/0900-1800/1900, with an extended lunch break from 1330-1500/1600. In Santiago de Compostela and Malaga, office hours are generally 0900-1400 and 1700-2000. Banks and government offices open only in the morning.

    In Madrid, standard business hours are Monday to Friday 0900-1400 and 1600-1900, although 0800-1500 is quite common during summer. Larger companies and multinationals, however, are increasingly working through the day, in line with the rest of Europe

    Country overview

    Below are Public Holidays for the January 2015-December 2015 period.

    Note: Additional dates are celebrated as regional public holidays.

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Epiphany: 06. January 2015
    St Joseph’s Day: 19. March 2015
    Maundy Thursday: 02. April 2015
    Good Friday: 03. April 2015
    Labour Day: 01. May 2015

    Assumption: 15. August 2015
    National Day: 12. October 2015
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2015
    Constitution Day: 06. December 2015
    Immaculate Conception: 08. December 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015
    Boxing Day: 26. December 2015


    Nightlife in Valencia


    Calle Caballeros near the cathedral features several popular bars and clubs based out of old restored buildings, often with terraces, meaning that the party fills the street.

    As with much of Spain, the night starts late in Valencia, so be sure to eat well in one of the countless tapas bars first.

    Café Infanta

    Plaza del Tossal 3
    46001 Valencia
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    This legendary bar in the historic centre offers superb cocktails and tapas in a glitzy setting.

    Radio City

    Calle Santa Teresa 19
    46001 Valencia
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    With eclectic live music, flamenco shows and a lively crowd, Radio City is an unmissable nightspot.

    Tasca Angel

    Calle de la Purísima 1
    46001 Valencia
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    Apart from serving the best tapas in town at the stand-up bar, this is the buzziest drinker in town.

    El Laboratorio

    Plaza Cors de la Mare de Deu 3
    46003 Valencia
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    Right by the cathedral, this welcoming little bar boasts stunning cocktails and a cosmopolitan crowd.

    Café de la Seu

    Calle Santo Cáliz 7
    46003 Valencia
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    Head here for laid-back drinks in a classic but cheerful setting with high ceilings and contemporary art.


    Restaurants in Valencia


    Valencia is known throughout Spain for its distinct cooking inspired by seafood from the nearby coast, and there are many fantastic fish restaurants.

    Be sure to explore the many tapas bars too, as wells as classic paella eateries, and a number of well-heeled gastronomic options.

    Joaquin Schmidt

    Calle de la Visitación 7
    46009 Valencia
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    Price: Expensive

    This quirky little restaurant has been serving up adventurous Spanish cuisine for more than a decade.

    Bodega Casa Montana

    Calle José Benlliure 69
    46011 Valencia
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    Price: Moderate

    A local stalwart since 1836, this classic tapas bar is based near the port in the old fishermen’s barrio of El Cabañal.

    La Pepica

    Avenida de Neptuno 6
    46011 Valencia
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    Price: Moderate

    For paella in a traditional white-tiled restaurant that counts Hemingway among its past diners, head to Pepica.


    Calle Quart 49
    46001 Valencia
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    Price: Cheap

    This straightforward, fuss-free restaurant serves great traditional food, from Spanish hams to Valencian paellas.

    Tanto Monta

    Calle Poeta Artola 19
    46021 Valencia
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    Price: Cheap

    A lively local favourite, Tanto Monta’s large and delicious tapas are matched only by its terrific atmosphere.


    Calendar of events

    Fallas de Valencia

    March 2015

    Venue: Various locations throughout Valencia, including in front of the Town Hall.

    As one of Spain’s most spectacular traditional festivals, Las Fallas is a massive fire festivity largely celebrated in the Valencia community. Larger-than-life figures or puppets, known as ninots, are created from wood and papier mâché and paraded all over the city during the week leading to the Fallas. On the last day of the festival, these giant figures are set on fire, lighting up the city in blazing heat. The festival usually involves a whole year of preparation and the falleras put on their best traditional costumes to parade on the streets of Valencia. It is a special occasion in Valencia, so if you’re here in March, make sure you don’t miss it!

    Moros y Cristianos (Moors and Christians)

    April 2015

    Venue: Alcoi and Valencia.

    Large-scale processions and ‘battles’ of the Moors and Christians take place all over the region, with the most impressive ones found in Alcoi, 11km (7 miles) south of Valencia. It is a ritual encounter between the foes of old times: the Moors and the Christians. The battles are re-enacted in full historic costume along the streets of Alcoi. The costumes are opulent and the weapons convincing. The second day is dedicated mainly to St George, with a religious procession in the morning and a general parade in the afternoon. On the third day, all hell breaks loose as the adversaries meet in battle. Clouds of smoke fill the streets when the antique-style muskets are fired over and over again.

    Fiesta de San Juan

    June 2015

    Venue: Various locations in Valencia and by the beach.

    The summer solstice is celebrated in full vigour in the Valencia community and this celebration is known as the Fiesta de San Juan. On the longest day of the year, the beach is dotted with bonfires and the skies are lit up with dazzling fireworks. It is said that the fires would give more strength to the sun, which loses energy after the summer solstice. The best places in the Valencia region to join in the celebrations are in Alicante, Denia, Torrevieja and Benidorm where giant figures are set on fire along the beach.

    Feria de Julio

    July 2015

    Venue: Various venues in Valencia.

    Every city or town in Spain has its own annual fair. These fairs, known as ferias, are flamboyant carnivals packed full of feasting, drinking and dancing. In Valencia, the feria is spread throughout the city, with cultural activities interspersed with performing arts spectacles. The highlights of the Valencia feria are the ‘battle of the flowers’ (last Sunday of the month), the International Musical Band Competition (first fortnight), Feria de San Jaime bullfights (second and third weeks) and the zarzuela (Spanish light opera).

    La Tomatina

    29. August 2015

    Venue: Village of Buñol, 40km (24 miles) west of Valencia.

    Famed as one of the craziest festivals in Spain, La Tomatina is a messy tomato fight that takes place in the town of Buñol, not far from Valencia. Thousands of participants come from all over Spain to Buñol to take part in this massive food fight. The festival begins with the palo jabón: where revellers aim to climb up a greasy pole with a jamón on top. Participants then spend a whole hour throwing tomatoes at one another; by the end of it, the whole town square is coloured red and rivers of tomato juice flow freely. Accommodation is extremely expensive during the festival, so be sure to book early.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.


    Hotels in Valencia


    Given Valencia’s formidable history, there are a number of historic buildings dating back to the early 20th century and beyond which have been converted into charming boutique hotels.

    There are also a few resort lodgings based out on the coast.

    Hotel Hospes Palau de la Mar

    Avenida de Navarro Reverter 14
    46004 Valencia
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    Category: Expensive

    Combining two 19th-century townhouses near the old town, the Palau is dazzlingly modern inside.

    Hotel Neptuno

    Paseo Neptuno, 2
    46011 Valencia
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    Category: Moderate

    With striking local art by Antonio Ripollés and a view of the revamped harbour, this is a trendy choice.

    Meliá Plaza 

    Plaza Del Ayuntamiento
    46002 Valencia
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    Category: Moderate

    Ideally located in the main square, this smart hotel inhabits an early-20th-century building.

    SH Inglés

    Calle Marques De Dos Aguas 6
    46002 Valencia
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    Category: Cheap

    Formerly the palace of the Duke of Cardona, this handsome boutique hotel has a Mediterranean restaurant and cocktail bar.

    Barceló Valencia

    Avenida de Francia 11
    46023 Valencia
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    Category: Cheap

    This large, minimalist-style hotel overlooks the stunning Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències.

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    Spain’s climate varies from temperate in the north to dry and hot in the south. As it is a big country with varying terrain and altitudes, climate can be extremely distinctive from one corner to another. Overall, the coastal regions in the South and Eastern parts of Spain are excellent to visit all year round thanks to the Mediterranean climate (mild temperatures and long days). Northern Spain generally experiences colder temperatures than the South, while Central Spain stays hot and dry due to its location on a plateau.

    The best time to visit depends on the region and type of travel experience you’re seeking. For a beach vacation, the best months for guaranteed sunshine are June to August. Naturally, these are also the busiest months for tourism along the coast and on the Spanish islands, so be prepared for high prices and crowds. If you’re looking to escape the crowds, head inland to cities like Seville, Madrid and Granada where temperatures are sizzling but streets are empty.

    The shoulder season for travel in Spain is usually late spring and autumn: from April to end of May and October to November. These are when tourist destinations are least crowded and weather is still pleasant. January to February is the best time to ski, as snow is ample and the sun is shining. Especially in the Sierra Nevada, the sun can be quite overwhelming even in the snow – come prepared with snow goggles and sunscreen.


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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +34


    Most telephone boxes require telephone cards that can be purchased in grocery stores. Call centres and internet cafés allow you to call overseas at a lower rate. Area codes are incorporated within a nine digit number dialled from wherever you are. Emergency calls: 112.

    Mobile Telephone

    Coverage is good throughout most of the country. It is relatively easy to get a mobile phone to use temporarily in Spain. Most service providers like Vodafone, Orange and Telefonica offer prepaid SIM cards (that include data roaming). Spanish mobile numbers begin with 6.


    Internet cafés are available in most urban areas in Spain, and wireless access is widespread in cafés and hotels. It is generally easy to find good and fast connections throughout Spain. Most hotels and airports in Spain offer Wi-Fi access.


    Shopping in Valencia

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    Key Areas

    The main shopping district in Valencia is centred around Calle Poeta Querol and Calle Colón, with high-street brands and international names such as Louis Vuitton and Alex Vidal. Try Barrio del Carmen for a more eclectic variety of shops, many of them independent.


    The Mercado Central is one of the biggest of its kind in Europe, with fresh local produce on sale including fish, vegetables and breads from more than a thousand stalls. Even if you’re not looking to pick up any food, the modernist building is worth a look with its stained glass and wrought iron structure. The market in the stunning Plaza Rodonda (Calle San Vicente Martir) on Sundays is a good place to pick up souvenirs.

    Shopping Centres

    The most central of Valencia’s malls is the suitably named Nuevo Centro (Avenida Pío XII 2), with a wide range of different shops supplying just about every need. For high-end clothing, a luxury cinema and a variety of restaurants, try the Aqua mall (Calle Menorca 19) opposite the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Spanish life has undergone rapid change in recent decades and stricter religious customs have been superseded by more modern ways, particularly in the cities and among women. In spite of this, traditions remain strong; hospitality, chivalry and courtesy thrive. Handshaking is the customary form of greeting between men, while women (outside of a business context) are greeted with a fleeting kiss to either cheek (left then right).

    Spaniards eat late; lunch around 1400-1530; the evening meal 2100-2300.

    The Spanish have two family names; the maternal surname follows the paternal, but is rarely used outside a formal context. Smoking is banned in offices, shops, schools, hospitals, cultural centres and on public transport. Bars and restaurants must declare whether they permit or prohibit smoking. The vast majority have opted for the former, though large restaurants are obliged by law to have a substantial non-smoking section.

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    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Food in Spain is generally safe to eat. Most restaurants and bars adhere to a certain standard of hygiene. For those with sensitive stomachs, try to avoid street food, such as churros, kebabs and jacket potatoes. These are usually sold in small street-side stores especially in big cities like Madrid and Barcelona. Other foods to look out for include seafood that might not be fresh and sandwiches and omelettes that might have been left out for too long. Tapas bars may sometimes serve foods that have been kept overnight, so be careful what you eat.

    Foods sold in local markets are generally fresh and affordable. If you’re extremely careful about what you eat, these are the best places to look for clean and fresh produce. Tap water in Spain is safe to drink but some complain that tap water in Ibiza can be quite salty and  has an unpleasant taste so it is generally recommended to drink bottled water. Tap water is suitable for washing, brushing teeth, etc. Bottled and mineral water are easily available throughout the country and can be found in supermarkets and grocery stores.

    Other Risks

    In mid-summer temperatures can reach over 40°C and heat-related risks are high. Be sure to drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol, wear strong sunscreen and cover your skin with a hat and loose clothing. If partaking in hiking, cycling or other outdoor activities avoid the midday hours and limit exercise to early mornings or late evenings.

    The national police have set up a telephone hotline for tourists to use in non-emergencies. Those who wish to report a crime such as theft or lost property should call 902 102 112; callers can speak German, English, French or Italian. On islands such as Ibiza be aware that alcohol and drugs are prevalent. Stay hydrated when consuming alcohol and be aware that spirit measurements are generous. Taking drugs is illegal and drug dealing is dealt with very severely by the local police and courts. Every year accidents happen in resorts with holidaymakers falling from hotel balconies, often when under the influence of alcohol. Take care on hotel balconies at all times and avoid excessive drinking.

    In Mallorca in late summer waves of jellyfish can make an appearance, and while these are not deadly, they can give a very painful sting. 

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