The charming Spanish city of Valencia should be high on your agenda to visit even if it's just for the festival of Falles held in the month of March. It's a sight to behold especially when you watch the fireworks when they erupt three times a day! A visit to the Lladró Porcelain Museum and Factory is essential while the City of Arts and Science provides a fantastic day out. The Barrio del Carme neighbourhood offers an interesting mix of trendy shops, buzzing nightlife and tasty cafes. What will you do first during yourholiday in Valencia?
With budget airlines Ryanair and easyJet both offering direct flights to Valencia , it makes the perfect city break – and it doesn't have to break the bank! Bristol Airport, London Stansted Airport, London Gatwick Airport, East Midlands Airport and Manchester Airport all fly into the city and you'll land at Valencia Airport which is located around nine kilometres from the centre. Indirect flights are available but they can cost considerably more so try to avoid them if you're sticking to a tight budget – you don't want to blow all your money before you arrive! However you'll be able to choose from a much wider variety of UK airports to fly out from.
Once you land at Valencia airport you'll have the option of using the metro, catching a bus or hailing a taxi. There are two underground lines at the airport, one will allow you to travel into the city and one will lead you to the port. The journey will take around 25 minutes and costs around €1.70 – making the metro perfect if you're on a budget. The Aero-Bus offers a direct link into the centre and comes every 20 minutes – it'll set you back around €2.50. Finally you can head towards the taxi rank which is located opposite arrivals – this will cost you approximately €14 with an airport supplement of €3.50. It will of course vary depending on what time your flight lands and how far away your hotel is from the centre.
Prices in Europe are steadily rising and unfortunately Spain is no different. But you don't have to change your holiday destination if you're on a budget. You'll be able to find plenty of cheap hotels in Valencia if you look hard enough – just make sure you book well in advance.
Famous for being the birthplace of paella, Valencia has many amazing restaurants on offer. Unfortunately these can sometimes come with a hefty price tag. But you don't have to fork out for a delicious meal if you don't want to. It's possible to eat well on a budget as long as you venture off down the side streets rather than opt for tourist traps. Fideuà is a dish that's similar to paella and contains short noodles instead of rice. For desert try the popular bunyols - these fried doughnuts are delicious dipped in chocolate.
Updated 15th May 2013
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