Leisure travellers enjoy ample activities when they visit exuberant Valencia, Spain's third-largest city. Miles of beaches, a flourishing nightlife and a thriving cultural scene attract globetrotters with its dynamic energy.
With its Mediterranean climate, the ideal time to go is from February - November. Beach tourism happens from late spring, summer and early autumn. City trips are ideal in the mild winters. From March 15th-19th the Las Fallas Festival livens up the city. Large papier-mâche sculptures are burnt on the last day. Fireworks celebrate "Ofrenda de Flores". June sees the "Festival Internacional del Cine"- Cinema Jove. The Mostra de Valencia/ Cinema del Mediterriani festival is in October. Celebrations on Saint Dionis Day happen on October 9th with traditional marzipan fruit for instance.
Visit the "Mercado Central" and "Mercado de Colón" (Art-deco market halls). Regional food and drink are "Paella Valencia", "Horchata de Chufa", (drink) and "Fartons", which are yeast cakes. Valencia is generally cheaper than the UK, especially London. "Menu Del Día" (midday meal) is usually 3 courses for about €10.
The Metrovalencia (the underground) connects Valencia airport to the centre of the city. Lines 3 or 5 take passengers to central Valencia for approximately €4 + about €1 for a rechargeable card. Trips take around 20 minutes and leave at 10 minute intervals.
Bus transport: Aero-Bus for around €2.50 and Fernabus 150 for about €1.50 (journey takes approximately 40 minutes).
Taxi services cost around €15 for a 15-20 minute journey time.
Once in town, hostel stays are roughly €10 in dorms. A 3-star hotel starts from around €50 per night. Camp south of the city (tent from around €8.50, bungalow from about €70).
Children under 10 travel free in buses and metros. Single tickets start at around €1.25; a 10-journey Bonobus is about €8. A 10-journey metro card costs about €9. Bono Travel Card for bus and metro for 10 journeys is around €9. Day-travel cards (EMT and Metro zone A) about €4 (2 days: approx. €6.70, 3 days: about €9.70). "Valencia Tourist Cards" are about €15. Tickets come as rechargeable chips. A taxi fare is about €4 + around €1 per extra km. Explore the small city centre by bike (rent price around €10-15/day). The Valenbisi bikes are only for residents.