8th Symposium of the EURopean
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About Valencia



The City of Valencia

Valencia  is the capital of the autonomous community of Valencia, and the third largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona, with around 800,000 inhabitants in the administrative centre. Its urban area extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of around 1.5 million people. Valencia is Spain's third largest metropolitan area, with a population ranging from 1.7 to 2.5 million. The city has global city status. The Port of Valencia is the 5th busiest container port in Europe and the busiest container port on the Mediterranean Sea.

Valencia was founded as a Roman colony in 138 bC. The city is situated on the banks of the Turia, on the east coast of the Iberian Peninsula, fronting the Gulf of Valencia on the Mediterranean Sea. Its historic centre is one of the largest in Spain, with approximately 169 hectares; this heritage of ancient monuments, views and cultural attractions makes Valencia one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. Major monuments include  Valencia Cathedral, the  Torres de Serrans, the  Torres de Quart, the  Llotja de la Seda  (declared a  World Heritage Site  by  UNESCO  in 1996), and the  Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (City of Arts and Sciences), an entertainment-based cultural and architectural complex designed by  Santiago Calatrava  and  Félix Candela.The  Museu de Belles Arts de València  houses a large collection of paintings from the 14th to the 18th centuries, including works by  VelázquezEl Greco, and  Goya, as well as an important series of engravings by  Piranesi.The  Institut Valencià d'Art Modern  (Valencian Institute of Modern Art) houses both permanent collections and temporary exhibitions of contemporary art and photography.

Valencia is integrated into an industrial area on the  Costa del Azahar  (Orange Blossom Coast). Valencia's main festival is the  Falles. The traditional Spanish dish,  paella, originated in Valencia.

For further details about the city, the Comunidad Valenciana and Spain you can visit the following sites:

 

HOW TO REACH THE CITY


BY PLANE

Getting to Valencia is easy and convenient. There are direct flights from all major European cities, and from all over the world via Madrid or Barcelona. You will have no problem checking with your travel agent.
The airport is about 8 km from the city centre (Bus, taxi, metro available). 

BY TRAIN
There are comfortable trains from Madrid (AVE 1:40 mins.) and Barcelona.  For information about timetables and prices visit the site of  RENFE.

BY CAR
If you decide to bring (or rent) your own car, there are two major highways (motorways) leading to Valencia; one from Madrid, the A-3; and the A-7 from Barcelona and the border with France.

USEFUL INFORMATION


LANGUAGE

Valencia has two official languages: Spanish and Valencian.

CLIMATE
Valencia, with an average annual temperature of 20° C (68° F), enjoys mild winters and hot summers.

SHOPPING HOURS
Shops are generally open from 10.00 to 14.00 and from 17.00 to 20.00 hours, Mondays through Saturdays. Department stores and malls usually open from 10.00 to 21.00 and do not close for lunch.

BANKS
Banks open from Monday to Friday from 8.30 or 9.00 to 14.00 or 14.30 and some banks open certain afternoons in the week. Almost every bank has a 24-hours cash machine.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
An extensive public transportation network covers the whole of Valencia, including four metro lines and public buses which travel to any part of the city. As well as single tickets, which can be bought at metro stations and on the buses, there are 3 and 5 day travel passes.

ELECTRICITY SUPPLY
Electricity is supplied at 220V-50Hz AC with European norm plugs.