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The City
Valencia is in the east of the Iberian Peninsula, on the Mediterranean coast of Spain.  And is the third largest city in Spain, with a population of 810,064 in 2008. Valencia can be a city of clichés: the light, the moon, the gunpowder, the paella, the flowers, the fallas,... they are keys which attempt to explain what words cannot tell. It is necessary to visit and get to know Valencia to verify that centenary traditions live together with modernity; that sea and city are compatible; that the green colour of farms can be kept together with a modern urban scheme; that Valencia is unique at night and during the day. But the capital of the river Turia is more than that. There are innumerable attractions, which the city has had for years. A remarkable one is the Llotja de la Seda a World Heritage Site since 1996. The Cathedral, built between the 13th and 15th century, is primarily of Gothic style but contains elements of Baroque and Romanesque architecture. Beside the Cathedral is the Gothic Basilica of the Virgin (Basílica De La Virgen De Los Desamparados). The 15th century Serrano and Quart towers are part of what was once the wall surrounding the city. The modernist Central Market (Mercado Central) is one of the largest in Europe. The main railway station Estación Del Norte is built in modernism (the Spanish version of Art Nouveau) style.

Now there is a series of showy infrastructures such as the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (City of Arts and Sciences) and the Museo Príncipe Felipe (Prince Philip Museum) which, as they are located in this environment, are linked to culture. Valencia has put the icing on the cake, although it will not have a rest and will go on decorating its succulent presentation.

Valencia experiences a warm-summer Mediterranean climate. Its average annual temperature is 17.8º C (64.0º F); 22.3º C (72.1º F) during the day and 13.3º C (55.9º F) at night. In the coldest month - January, the average sea temperature is 13-14º C (55-57º F). In the warmest month - August, the typically temperature during the day ranges from 28-34ºC (82-93º F), above 23ºC (73º F) at night, the average sea temperature is 28ºC (82º F).

Average number of days above 21ºC (70º F) is 200, average number of days above 32ºC (90º F) is 11 (1 in June, 4 in July, 4 in August and 2 in September). Average morning relative humidity: 82%, evening relative humidity: 55%. Sunshine hours reach till 2,594 per year, from 150 in November (5 hours of sunshine every day) to 310 in August (10 hours of sunshine every day).

Usual opening hours: from 10 to 13:30h and from 17:00 to 20:30h. In general, supermarkets do not close at lunchtime. They are open from Monday to Saturday and from 10 to 21h. Hypermarkets open at 9:30 a.m. and close at 22:00 p.m. There are more than 4 shopping centres in Valencia city. Their opening hours are 10 to 22h.

Banks are open from Monday to Friday, from 9 to 14h. Most of them have cash-points.

Public transport in Valencia
The city of Valencia and its surroundings are well connected by bus (http://www.emtvalencia.es), underground and tram (http://www.metrovalencia.com) and short-distance train (http://www.renfe.es).

The fares are approximately:

  • Bus ticket (single) 1.15 Euros, travel card (10 trips): 5.45 Euros.
  • Underground ticket (single, Valencia area): 1.25 Euros, underground travel card (10 trips, Valencia area): 5.85 Euros.

Valencia is well connected by road, train, boat and plane
Different airlines operate between Latin America and Spain - Iberia, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Air Comet, Avianca, Aero México, Lan Chile, Air Europa, among other -, with destination airports in Barcelona (El Prat) or Madrid (Barajas).
Valencia has direct flights to some 30 European cities. There are frequent flights from Barcelona or Madrid to Valencia, with an approximate flying time of 45 minutes. For more information, visit http://www.aena.es

The airport is about 8 km from the city centre. You can reach the city centre by taxi, by tube or by bus. A taxi from the airport will cost approximately 20 euros (including the extra fee for service from the airport).

There is a new underground service from the airport to the city centre: lines 3 (red) and 5 (green). Both lines follow the same route to the Xátiva and Colón stations which are close to the city centre and hotels. The underground runs from 5.29 to 23.59 during the week; on Saturdays from 6.08 to 23.48 and Sundays from 7.28 to 23.43. A single ticket (1 journey) costs 1.80 Euros and a return ticket costs 3.10 Euros (only valid for next-day returns).

A bus service, called AERO-BUS, is also available departing every 20 minutes from 6.00 to 22:00. The fare is approximately 2.50 Euros. The nearest stop to the city centre is Bailén.

Train and bus connections are also available between Madrid-Valencia and Barcelone-Valencia


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