ABOUT VALENCIA

TO GET TO VALÈNCIA


The congress is taking place at the Valencia Congress Centre.

València 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 Córdoba. ALVIA and EUROMED long-distance trains also depart from Joaquín Sorolla, providing connections to cities including Barcelona.

València is home to one of the most important commercial ports in the Mediterranean. The port, which operates passenger services to both the Balearic Islands and Italy, is fast becoming a popular destination for cruise ships, which dock at Poniente Pier, enabling passengers to spend a few hours exploring the city.

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.

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Language

There are two official languages in València: "Valenciano", used in the Valencian Community, and Spanish, Spain's official language.
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Time zone

People generally eat later than in other European countries: breakfast (7.30 am and 10.00 am) is similar to the continental style. Restaurants serve lunch between 1.00 pm and 3.00 pm, and dinner from 8.30 pm until 10.30 pm.
Weather

Weather

València enjoys a mild temperate Mediterranean climate. Spring is the best season to visit Valencia as the temperatures are mild during the day and at night. June is one of the best months of the year with temperatures between 27º C and 19º C. What should you pack in your suitcase? Short-sleeved items, swimsuits, sunglasses and sun cream for during the day, and long-sleeved items, a light jacket or a jumper for night-time.
Shopping

Shopping

Now you can go shopping in València any day of the year. Although normal shop opening hours are from 10 am to 8.30 pm, you will find malls and shops in tourist areas that are open every day, including Sundays and public holidays (except 1 and 6 January, 1 May and 25 December). The areas where shops are open every day of the week are: • Jardín del Turia: from Nou d'Octubre bridge to Astilleros bridge. • València city centre: Ciutat Vella and Ensanche areas. • Els Orriols: around Ciudad de València stadium.

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Credit Card

Most hotels, restaurants and shops in València accept the main credit cards such as American Express, VISA, Mastercard, 4B, Access y Diners Club.
Tipping

Tipping

Tips are included in all prices and bills, so tipping is not considered obligatory. However, if the service received is considered satisfactory, especially in bars and restaurants, a tip is often given.
Bank

Bank

Most banks are open from Monday to Friday between 8.30 am and 2.30 pm. Only a few branches open on Saturday mornings. There are 24-hour automatic tellers around the city, and most (Servired, 4B, etc.) offer international services.
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Electricity

Standard electrical voltage in València is 220-240 V AC, 50 Hz. A transformer and an adapter are necessary to use North American electrical appliances whose plugs have two square pins. Adapters are available in most hardware stores.