The third largest city in Spain is mainly known for its oranges, for paella, and for the kilometres-long beaches that stretch along the eastern coastline.

But Valencia has a modern side as well: stylish architecture, smart design and new ideas in the culinary scene. Once rundown neighbourhoods like El Carmen and Russafa have turned into hip areas and innovative cooks have breathed new life into the gourmet scene.

People can shop to their heart's delight in Valencia and during the summer residents and tourists alike flock to the beaches of Malvarrosa. And enjoying a delicious paella and perhaps a glass of horchata is something you can do year round and anywhere in Valencia.

Life here is uncomplicated and loud, the people generous and yet reserved, and the urban landscape is historical, modern and stylish all at once. It's a privileged city nestled between orange trees and the Mediterranean Sea.

City Facts

  • Location

    Third largest city in Spain.

  • Population

    About 809,000

  • Size

    About 134 km²

  • Public transport

    Well connected network of busses and underground trains.

  • Climate

    Mild and Mediterranean

  • Best time to visit

    Spring and autumn when the temperatures are comfortable.

  • Good to know

    The annual La Tomatina festival takes place in the last week of August in the city of Buñol, only 30 km away from Valencia. People come in droves from around the world to throw overripe tomatoes at each other on the streets of town.

  • Nice to know

    The famous Spanish rice dish called paella originated in Valencia. In 1992, the largest paella in the world (feeding about 100,000 people) was prepared there.

  • Airport

    Valencia Airport; 9 km west of the city.

  • Bus

    Bus line 150 runs to the city centre and takes about 45 minutes.

  • Metro

    Underground lines 3 and 5 run between the airport and the city centre; travel time is about 25 minutes.

  • Taxi

    There is a taxi stand across from the arrivals terminal. It takes about 45 minutes to reach the city centre.