Valencia enjoys a mild temperate Mediterranean climate. The average annual temperature is 17ºC with warm summers and mild winters. The temperature in Valencia rarely falls below 10ºC. There is only light rainfall mainly in autumn and the beginning of spring.
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Valencia is accessible by air, land and sea. It boasts travel links to many major Spanish and European cities. The airport, situated just 8 kilometres from the centre of València, has regular daily flights to popular domestic and international destinations. The city also has two main railway stations, the Estación del Norte, from which the local train network operates, and Joaquín Sorolla, offering AVE high-speed rail services to Madrid, Cuenca, Seville and Cordoba. ALVIA and EUROMED long-distance trains also depart from Joaquín Sorolla, providing connections to cities including Barcelona.
For those travelling by car, València is equipped with a modern motorway network making it easily accessible from any city on the mainland. These include the AP-7, which runs north to south along the Mediterranean coast connecting the city with Barcelona, and the A-3 running from València to Madrid.
Taxis are available in the city and for journeys to and from the airport. Please note that whilst Uber do not operate in Valencia, Cabify can be used.
The Moors introduced rice to the city, paving the way for what soon became Valencia’s signature dish, and the hallmark of Spanish cuisine around the world: paella. You can sample some in one of the restaurants along the Playa de las Arenas, which offer panoramic views of the sea, or you can head to one of the eateries situated right in the heart of the Albufera Natural Park. It’s a feast for the senses. Bon appétit!
Enjoy the best snacks in seaside restaurants, have a drink in one of the hideouts tucked away in the Barrio del Carmen district, or in a 16th century mansion, then dance the night away at the water's edge. Just some of the options which await you in the Valencian moonlight.
Don’t miss out on this popular brew made from a fruit grown only in València: the tiger nut. There’s no sweeter accompaniment to this drink than the traditional fartons (long sponge biscuits). Exquisite! Choose a bar terrace to enjoy one right in the heart of the city – it’ll taste even better!
A bicycle ride through the Turia Gardens will make you feel at one with nature whilst being in the centre of the city. The nine-kilometre route starts off from the Cabecera Park. From here, you can see museums, monuments and bridges dating from the late medieval period up to the present day as you pass by. The pièce de résistance — arriving at The City of Arts and Sciences.
One of the best ways to see one of Europe's most valuable environmental and ecological spots, the Albufera Natural Park, is with a boat trip — even better if you take your trip at dusk. Nature’s golds and oranges merge together, creating this spectacular sight each evening.
Grilled cuttlefish, steamed mussels, serrano ham, clams, "esgarret", baby squid and patatas bravas all delight diners at various hotspots in the market place, extending to the Lonja (the Silk Exchange), Plaza del Collado, Plaza del Negrito, and the bars along Calle Caballeros, finishing up at the Plaza de la Virgen. A cold beer or a glass of sangria are the most typical accompaniments.
Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular views from Valencia's most emblematic tower. The views from the top of El Miguelete are a must-see. You'll have to walk up a long 51-metre high spiral staircase with 207 steps to reach the terrace around the belfry, but it's well worth the climb, with a spectacular 360º view of the city from the top.
Enjoy an afternoon of the best spanish first division football teams in the Mestalla and Ciudad de Valencia stadiums. Every weekend from mid-August to the beginning of June, Valencia CF and Levante UD will be playing for a top position in LaLiga competition, which includes some of the best squads in the world.
Discover the hidden threads of the Valencia Silk Route. A stroll through the Velluters district, the Silk Museum, the Silk Exchange or Lonja de la Seda (UNESCO world heritage site) and the typical Valencian costume shops.