Long ignored by the general traveling public, Valencia is now attracting new crowds with its combination of interesting architecture and coastal culture. Only Madrid and Barcelona are larger cities in Spain, so Valencia is finally living up to expectations of an important place to visit.
Valencia is known as the home of paella, so that dish is easy to find, although you have to be careful if you want to get the authentic stuff rather than the version just made for tourists. It’s usually a lunch meal, so places that feature it in the evening should be suspect.
|Airports||Valencia Airport (VLC)|
As with most of Spain, you can find appealing prices on food and drinks if you look around a bit and follow the locals rather than visiting the places with big English signs out front.
|Budget breakfast||Enjoy the start of your day with a coffee, a pastry and more at one of the local cafes.||$4.57 - $6.38|
|Budget lunch||Many restaurants are available in the area the specialize in great food at a low price.||$6.38 - $11.70|
|Budget dinner||Paella and other seafood dishes are on most menus, with tourist-oriented places usually charging more.||$11.17 - $19.15|
|Beer (bottle or glass)||Beer in local restaurants is generally cheaper than in proper bars and nightclubs.||$2.93 - $4.26|
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Valencia’s location offers it plenty of seasonal change with long hot summers and cold winters. Generally December, January and February are the coldest months with an average temperature of 45 F at night. Because it does not often get below freezing, most of the vegetative life remains green during the season.
Summers are known to be both warm and hot, depending on the month, with July and August being the hottest. The summer season lasts about 8 months, affording you ample time to enjoy the warmer weather.
Even though it has an enviable location on the Mediterranean, Valencia is a relative bargain within Spain and Europe. Hotel and hostel prices are more modest than in Barcelona, and most other things can be a bit cheaper as well.
August is a slow month when most of the locals are on vacation. If you’re ok with a smaller selection of hotels to choose from, this is a great time of year to visit if you’re looking to save a few dollars as hotel prices are generally pretty low during this time of year.
During the fall and spring, prices go up a bit as the locals and visitors alike enjoy the great weather.
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|Hostel Bed||9.57 - 17.02|