Only 7 kilometres away, the International Valencia Airport in Spain in the town of Manises, is the best passage way of arriving in this flower covered land, which always smells of jazmin thanks to its tremendous fields of orange groves. The Valencia Airport is connected with the rest of the principal European cities and its own national cities with regular flights at incredible prices and with an extensive timetable.
Getting to and from the Airport
If you have been wise enough and foresighted your travelling plans and have booked a car hire, then you are only a 15 minutes drive away from the centre of Valencia city. There are very easy indications when leaving the baggage claim area for easy pick-up service and even easier signs for you to head directly to your hotel lodgings. You should look for the sign which shows the N-III highway in direction ‘centro ciudad’ which means centre city. But if you are not sure of where your hotel is located, almost all hotels have a mini bus service which will come and pick you up. And if you are adventurous or on a small budget, then you can travel the underground on line C-5 where you should stay on until you reach the main train station called ‘La Estacion del Norte’ or the North station.
If you have come with your bicycle, you take it with you on partically any transport, but be informed of the different rules you might have to abide by. With the help of the Tourist Information booths which are very easily indentifiable with a large blue ‘ I ‘, you can pick up maps and written information in many languages and be well attended to by expert guides starting at your arrival at the airport. There are also yellow buses which go from the airport in Manises to the main bus station located near two well known hotels and an important shopping mall.
Be sure to look at the special discount cards, especially for travellers between the ages of 14 to 26.
The main office for this in Valencia is found on the Hospital Street number 11, not far from the North train station and the bullring.
Entering Paradise through the International Valencia Airport
The International Valencia Airport is found in the capital city of this Community which is comprised of the three main cities of Valencia, Alicante and Castellon. In its hymn, the lyrics sing about the land of flowers, of love and of light. Bathed by the shores of the Mediterranean Sea in a very mild climate, having clean beaches at just a stone’s throw and an important port has made this city a very important tourist attraction and host to many international congresses and fairs.
Other than the traditional cathedrals, museums and other buildings of architectural value, Valencia has kept up with the lastest cosmpolitan tendencies. Innovative technological advances can be seen in the new complex called The City of the Arts and Sciences. There are four vanguardian buildings- the first to be completed was the Planetarium, a curious construction of over 900 m2 which looks like a huge human eye and surrounded by a shallow pond measuring 24,000 m2 where you can learn about our unknown solar system and live a space adventure in the Omnimax theatre or see an Omniscan laser show. Then the Arts Palace for all musical activities, whether it be Opera, pop or typical Spanish Zarzuela music. The Museum of Science whose function is to explain and demonstrate our existence and the Oceanographic Park, filled with the earth’s flora and fauna, especially marine life.
Las Fallas: each group takes its ninot out for a grand parade, and then mounts it, each on its own elaborate firecracker-filled cardboard and paper-mâché artistic monument in a street of the given neighbourhood. This whole assembly is a falla.
But as we all know, the tradition of the local habitants is the real gift that each culture has to offer us and Valencia is no exception. The all so amazing Fallas fiesta held every March 15th to the 19th is their contribution which cannot only be seen and admired but also lived by everyone who wishes to become a Valencian for a week!