Getting around in Valencia

Flights are available from inland Spain, i.e. Madrid, Barcelona and Seville, but you can also catch flights from Gran Canaria in the Balearic Islands and elsewhere in Europe.

Flights to Valencia can be found in most countries around the world, some are regular, up to once or twice a day, whereas some airlines will only fly there two or three times a week. You can travel by coach or car from other countries in Europe via the A-7 motorway which runs through the Netherlands and passed the German border after it links with the European motorway network. The central Valencia railway station called RENFE accepts lots of daily tourist arrivals from most other European cities.

Most of Valencia’s popular attractions are located within, or around, the old city centre, so walking is always an option. An efficient metro system covers most of the city’s points of interest, while night buses keep running after the metro closes down around midnight. Taxis are easily found in most central streets.

Valencia’s old quarter is one of Spain’s largest historic centres, attracting thousands of visitors every year.

Come here to admire the imposing Cathedral, which combines several architectural styles from different periods. Initially built during the 13th century over the remains of an older Visigothic church, it features Almoina Gate in Romanesque design. The Gate of Apostoles and most of the current structure are in Gothic style, while the main entrance bears baroque decorations. Enter the cathedral to take an up-close look at two of Goya’s paintings and some interesting frescos.

Close to the cathedral, stands the medieval building of Llotja de la Seda, meaning Silk Exchange. Included in Unesco’s World Heritage Sites, it is designed after Llotja of Palma in Mallorca Island. Enter this impressive 15th-century building to see the golden-letter inscriptions at the Hall of Columns.

Part of Valencia’s medieval city-walls, Torres de Serranos, or Serrano Towers, is a well preserved city gate. The walls once featured 12 gates, but only Torres de Serranos and Torres de Quart survived up to date. Featuring two octagonal towers, the gate is one of Valencia’s most well-recognised landmarks.

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