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Valencia might not have the profile of Barcelona or Madrid, but Spain’s third largest city is a great place to eat, explore culture and immerse yourself in contemporary architecture. The nightlife is pretty good too, which explains why it’s increasingly growing in stature with holidaymakers.
Maybe the best time of year to visit Valencia is between April and May. This is the sweet spot, when you get the best of the warm weather without the scorching heat of the summer sun. The crowds at the major attractions won’t be as big, but do be aware that there are often shorter opening hours for attractions outside the peak season.
The summer is hot here, and usually busy. This is especially true during the school holidays, so you’re advised to book early at this time. Outside of the peak season, you should be able to find a good choice of affordable flights to Valencia.
Booking early is always a great option for finding great deals, especially when the route is as popular as it is for flights to Valencia from UK airports. However, it’s not just in the off season when you can get good deals. If you know how to use Expedia’s filters and search options you can still find cheap flights to Valencia at any time of year.
Firstly, select ‘All London Airports’ or check to see id alternative ‘Nearby Airports’ areb available elsewhere in the UK. Use the ‘Flexible Dates’ option to see if you could fly cheaper on the days before or after your first choice. As people often like to travel on certain days to maximise their holiday time, such as Friday afternoons, by selecting another day of the week you could save money.
These travel tricks will broaden your search options and help you find the best deals.
There are numerous flights to Valencia from London and other UK cities, with several options for flights each day.
Valencia airport is located five miles to the west of the city, with connections to around 20 European countries. It is situated next to the Autovia A-3 connecting the city to Madrid, as well as being close to the Autovia A-7 which runs along the coast to Barcelona.
Lines 3 and 5 of the Metrovalencia network also connect the airport to the city centre, with trains to the main railway station and port running every 20 or 30 minutes.
Direct and indirect flights to Valencia are available from a number of different carriers.
Cycling is an increasingly popular way of seeing the city, with a network of flat cycle paths and 250 public bicycle stations making it very easy. Use your debit or credit cards to get access to Valenbisi system, renting your bikes for as long or little as you need.
Otherwise, unless you’re going to the beach or a few other specific attractions, you can generally get around this compact city centre on foot.
If you do fancy taking it a little easier, especially in the summer, the Metro system is fairly comprehensive, and you can get multi-day passes for the duration of your stay. For travelling further afield, there are car hire options in the city and at the airport.
The modern City of Arts and Science features a science museum, planetarium and IMAX cinema. It’s one of the city’s main cultural attractions and well worth a visit. The Barri del Carme neighbourhood in the old centre is an ideal place for a stroll and to sample some of the exceptional food on offer. Take in the cathedral, Mercat Central and ancient Torres de Quart as you continue to explore.
If you can visit in March, the legendary Fallas festival is an unforgettable pyrotechnic display, complete with huge papier mache models and bonfires throughout the city.
UK citizens don’t need a visa when they travel to Spain and can stay for up to three months without any further action. Your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay.