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Valencia

Valencia

Valencia was founded by the ancient Romans in 137 BC and has been pillaged, burned and besieged numerous times by various conquerors over the centuries since, but the vivacious Spanish city has sailed into the second millennium as Europe's quintessential sophisticated modern holiday city, a favoured location for the America's Cup yacht race. Situated on the Mediterranean coast about four hours south of Barcelona, Valencia is spread out around its busy port and backed by the hills which give way to the plains of Aragon.

Valencia oozes traditional character, particularly in its old town (El Carmen), and has retained its cultural heritage not only in the form of medieval architecture but also in its quirky, exuberant festivals (like the Battle of the Flowers, the fireworks of Fallas and one dedicated to tomato-hurling). The Valencians even have their own language. Amid the old, Valencia has very much that is new, including its major attraction, the ultra-modern City of Arts and Sciences, which draws around four million appreciative visitors each year.

Outdoors it is hard to beat the golden beaches which fan out from the port along the coast, and the sprawling city offers plenty of green parks for strolling, cycling or simply lolling on a bench to get your breath back after indulging in the vibrancy of the city. Football is also a local passion, Valencia's team being at the top of the game, and fans should not miss the atmosphere at one of the carnival-like matches.

When night falls, dine on paella, which originated here, and then hit the high spots, because Valencia is renowned for its lively collection of bars and clubs. It may sound clichéd, but Valencia does indeed fit the bill as the holiday city, which 'has it all'.


Information & Facts

Climate

Valencia has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. The average annual temperature is 62°F (17°C). Most of the rainy days occur during autumn and early spring. Summers can be baking hot, and humidity tends to be high.

Getting around

With a comprehensive bus and metro system, it is easy to get around Valencia. Kiosks and tobacco shops sell cheap 'Bonos' tickets, which can be used on both buses and trains. The metro system is not extensive, consisting of four lines, but covers the major points in the city, including a tramway to the beach. Tickets for the tram must be bought separately from a vending machine, which is validated before boarding. Buses will get you to just about anywhere. More active visitors can opt to hire a bicycle for around EUR7 a day, and with Valencia's great network of cycle paths it is an excellent way to get around the city. Much of the city can be explored on foot, the central area being very compact.

Language

Spanish is the official language, but English is widely understood in areas frequented by tourists. Catalan, Galician and Basque are spoken in the relevant areas.

Money

Spain's official currency is the Euro (EUR). One Euro is divided into 100 cents. Money can be exchanged at bureaux de change and major hotels, but banks give the best rates. All major credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted at most hotels, restaurants, and shops. ATMs are widespread and are generally the cheapest and most convenient method of obtaining money.

Time

Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October). The Canary Islands: GMT (GMT +1 in summer).

Weather

Valencia

Sat, 22 Jul
Partly sunny. Warm.
30 | 22 °C
Partly sunny. Warm.
62% Chance of precipitation
Sun, 23 Jul
Partly sunny. Warm.
30 | 22 °C
Partly sunny. Warm.
68% Chance of precipitation
Mon, 24 Jul
Isolated tstorms. Mostly cloudy. Warm.
30 | 22 °C
Isolated tstorms. Mostly cloudy. Warm.
69% Chance of precipitation
Tue, 25 Jul
Widely scattered tstorms. Mostly cloudy. Warm.
30 | 21 °C
Widely scattered tstorms. Mostly cloudy. Warm.
68% Chance of precipitation
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