Valencia is the third largest city in Spain after the capital, Madrid and Barcelona. This charming city is something of a cultural hub with amazing buildings and architecture along the skyline. A popular choice for city-breaks and mini-getaways, Valencia has a long and varied history which blends with the city’s more contemporary elements such as the Vele I Vents structure at the inner port and the breath-taking Ciudad de las Artes y las Cienas. You’ll discover the rich Moorish history of the city through the cuisine. Paella, is considered by many to be the national dish of Spain, and originated from Valencia where saffron and rice were cooked together with a variety of different meats and seafood. There’s plenty to do in the city, whether you want to relax and unwind on the beach, go sightseeing or enjoy time with the family. In the city you’ll discover a range of interesting buildings, art galleries, historical monuments as well as museums. Venture beyond the city limits to the coast and you’ll quickly find tranquil spots to relax and soak up the sun. Elsewhere you’ll find busier beaches with restaurants and bars all along the shoreline as well as a variety of water sports on offer down by the sea. Valencia has a subtropical climate with mild winters and long, warm summers. Temperatures hit the mid-twenties in July and August with the temperature remaining mild over the winter months.
A saloon is perfect if you’re planning a family holiday to Valencia or if you’re doing a driving tour from Barcelona to Valencia.
Driving in Valencia
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Important things to note
Seatbelts are compulsory in both the front and rear seats of the vehicle.
Observe the parking restrictions, otherwise you could find yourself with a hefty fine or find the car has been clamped. Yellow or red zones are no parking areas. Parking here will get you a ticket or your vehicle towed. You can park in blue zones for a fee for a limited period of time. Payment is taken at a machine and you must display your parking ticket in the front screen.
The E-15 motorway is the coastal route from Barcelona to Valencia and is a toll-road. It costs 35 Euro to drive the full length of the motorway.
Highlights & Hotspots
The Museo de las Ciencias Príncipe Felipe is an interactive science museum with many hands-on exhibits that kids will love. Located within the City of Arts and Sciences, this long park snakes in what was once the bed of the Tùria River which has since been diverted.
Take a trip to the Biopark – a zoo quite unlike any other in the world. This open-air, eco-friendly space is home to a variety of animals and is an educational experience for all visitors.
For arts and culture lovers, a visit to the Museo de Bellas Artes is a must. You’ll discover the Roman Mosaic of the Nine Muses as well as an impressive collection of late-medieval pieces and impressionist works.
If you want to explore the quieter areas of Valencia, a visit to the city’s impressive Cathedral is an excellent way to get away from the crowds and explore the fascinating history of the city.
Experience the hustle and bustle of Valencia and take a trip to the Mercado Central – one of the largest markets in Europe, where you’ll sample many of the local delicacies as well as pick up a bargain or two.
Valencia Airport (aka Manises Airport) is located approximately 5 miles west of Valencia city centre and is accessible via the local roads and A-3 motorway.