Valencia is Spain's third largest city and is the capital city of the Province of Valencia. The city is a great place for a European City Break and is 4 hours south of Barcelona and is situated on the Mediterranean coast. Easily accessible from both Barca and Madrid, Valencia is a great addition to any Spanish break with lots to see and do as well as being close to the beach!
Air: Valencia airport (VLC) is around 10kms from the city centre. It is served by mant European airlines including Ryanair. The Aerobus will takeyou directly to the city centre but there are other options including the local bus services, train, subway and taxis.
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Rail: The main station is Estacion del Norte snd it is located in the city centre. There are regular services to both Barcelona and MadridFerry: Ferry services connect Valencia with the Spanish Islands of Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca, and Mahon.
What to See and Do
Valencia's numerous attractions include the following:
City of Arts and Science: Designed by Santiago Calatrava, this modernistic complex is a "must see" during any visit to Valencia. The complex contains a Science Museum, IMAX Cinema and an Aquarium. The City is built on land which used to be the River Turia before it was redirected.
Barri del Carme: This area is the old centre of Valencia which is now home to a eclectic mix of cafes, bars and nightlife. There is also an "alternative scene" inclding a vibrant gay area.
Fallas: . This annual festival is a highlight of the calendar in Valencia. Various papier maché models are constructed and then burned at the end of the week! The city is also lit by firework displays every day during the festival.
Valencian Paella: The local food speciality is the famous Spanish rice dish with seafood, chicken or rabbit. The best places to try are in several restaurants in the Malvarosa beach area. Here you can be assuured you are getting the genuine article!
Train and bus: Buy a bonos which allows 10 rides on either trains or buses.
Cycle : Valencia is very flat so is easily explored by cycle.
Metro: The Metro is very efficient and has 5 lines one of which is basically a tram service to the beach.