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Valencia

Valencia is one of the most vibrant cities in Europe. With a privileged location by the Mediterranean sea, it offers a perfect combination of beaches and culture, past and present. The birthplace of paella, it boasts a thriving food scene featuring Michelin starred restaurants as well as quirky tapas bars. Its neighbourhoods come to life during traditional festivals like Las Fallas, and every night is lively in trendy districts like Ruzafa or El Carmen.

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Central Market
Plaza Ciudad de Brujas, Valencia

Opposite La Lonja, you will find the oldest food market in Europe, located in a fantastic building in a true Valencian style. The market is just as lively now as it was a hundred years ago, as if time stood still. This is a great place to buy some local delicacies and experience Valencia's daily life.

The City of Arts and Sciences
Avenida Professor López Piñero 7, Valencia

The Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, or City of Arts and Sciences, is a futuristic complex designed by Santiago Calatrava that has become the number one attraction in Valencia. Walking around taking photos of the stunning buildings is a pleasure in itself, and that does not cost anything. However, it is well worth the entrance fee to explore the various exhibits inside.

'Valencia Cuina Oberta' Initiative

It is a delicious initiative that debuted in 2009 and echoes New York and London’s Restaurant Weeks, when the city’s best restaurants offer exquisite tasting menus at irresistible prices. During the ten-day Valencia Cuina Oberta-Restaurant Week, Valencia’s most renowned establishments will prepare their gastronomic offerings for €24 for lunch and €32 for dinner (beverages not included). Valencia’s four Michelin-starred restaurants offer their menus for €39 for lunch and €47 for dinner (again, beverages not included). Valencia Cuina Oberta is a unique opportunity to enjoy haute cuisine at an unbeatable price twice per year (usually in April and October).

La Pepica
Avenida Neptuno 6, Valencia

Favoured by a long list of celebrities, from Ernest Hemingway to actors and footballers, this is a real institution in Valencia. For more than 100 years, La Pepica has been serving great rice and seafood dishes right on Valencia’s seafront.

Purificación García
Calle Jorge Juan 10, Valencia

Spanish fashion design can quite easily become a bit loud and flamboyant. Purificación García represents more elegant sophistication, with sensual materials.

El Corte Inglés
Calle Pintor Maella 37, Valencia

El Corte Inglés department store can be found in all large Spanish cities, and is always fun to visit for the extensive range of wares. Come here for the goods, but also for some people-watching: it's a great spot to have a taste of what Spanish daily life looks like.

Valencia Airport
Carretera Aeropuerto, Mansises (Valencia)

Valencia Airport is located approximately eight kilometres west of Valencia. Bus line 150 departs to the city and the port, and the journey takes about 45 minutes. You can also take one of the two underground lines that connect the airport to the city, the journey takes about 25 minutes - more info at: +34 963 158 515 - www.emtvalencia.es +34 900 461 046 - www.metrovalencia.es The taxi stand is just outside the terminal, contact them at: +34 963 703 333 - www.radiotaxivalencia.es Car rental companies are represented at the airport. Find one of them at: www.avis.es

Passport / Visa

Spain can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.

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