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Shops and Services for Valencia
Shops for Valencia, in the Valencia region of Spain.
Centros Comerciales (Commercial Centres / Shopping Malls)
c/ de Menorca, 19
Parque Comercial Bonaire
Ctra Nacional III, km 345
Tlf: 961 57 92 24
c/ Don Juan de Austria, 4
Tlf: 963 51 23 33
Centro Comercial el Saler
El Saler Shopping Centre
This very large and extremely modern shopping centre is great for shopping in Valencia. It iss also very handy if you are staying at the City of Arts and Sciences as it is directly opposite.
The Carrefour Supermarket is at the centre of the complex and is surrounded (on three floors) by approximately 160 shops. There's also a good selection of cafes, restaurants, tapas bars and an ABC cine-complex on the third floor.
Autopista Al Saler, 16
Tlf: 963 95 70 12
Centro Comercial Nuevo Centro
This is a one of the large Valencia shopping centers and just a ten minute walk from Barrio del Carmen. It's easy to find as it's around the corner from the popular Expo Hotel.
This very convenient for shopping has over 250 shops and car parking available under the shops. There are many bars and restaurants and an El Corte Inglés department store which has a huge supermarket in the basement. During the summer months and throughout the year, there's a very small fair which is great fun for small children.
Metro Station: Turia
Times: Mon-Sat: 10.00am-9.00pm
Avenida de Pío XII, 2-6
Centro Comercial Valencia Nord
Carrer Xátiva, 24
Avenida Tirso de Molina, 16
Tlf: 963 17 36 40
La Galería Jorge Juan
This is a small and very upmarket Valencia shopping centres in Jorge Juan, close to Mercado de Colón. With a selection of 40 shops you can also enjoy a meal at the lovely restaurant (250 covers) or relax with a drink at the cafè.
The restaurant is well known for it's traditional rice dishes: Monday – Paella de Marisco, Tuesday – Arroz Rosejat, Wednesday – Arroz de Verduras, Thursday Arroz a Banda con Ali i Oli, Friday – Arroz con Col y Bacalao and Saturday – Paella Valenciana!
With 24 hour parking.
c/ de Jorge Juan, 21
Tlf: 963 52 49 66
El Corte Ingles Department Store
Avda. Pío XII, 51
Tel: 96.346.90.00 / 963 469 000
There are many El Corte Ingles department stores in Calle Colón which is one of the best shopping streets in Valencia.
The major department store in Spain is El Corte Inglés and there are many of these stores in Valencia. In Calle Colón alone there are three huge stores. Most have a supermarket and café and some have a restaurant and you can also buy theatre tickets and other tickets to sporting events in Valencia. Most have a supermarket and café and some have a restaurant and you can also buy theatre tickets and other tickets to sporting events in Valencia.
Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 22:00 hours
FNAC is a popular French media chain which is now in Spain.
The store is close to the train station and the inside of the store also resembles a train station. The two floors of books, music, films and computers are covered by a glass roof which makes the place feel light and airy.
C / Guillen de Castro, 9-11
Tel: 976 763 500
Monday to Saturday 10am – 21.30pm
Sundays and holidays 12 – 21.30pm.
Another French supermarket chain with branches all over Spain and one of the largest is in the El Saler shopping center near the City of Arts and Sciences.
This is a Hypermarket so you’re sure to find what you’re looking for here. It’s also very handy if you’re staying near the area.
Autovía del Saler, 16
Tel: 963 886 900
El Saler Shopping Center
This very large and extremely modern shopping center is great for shopping in Valencia.
Also very handy especially if you’re staying at one of the hotels near the City of Arts and Sciences.
The Carrefour Supermarket is at the center of the complex and is surrounded (on three floors) by approximately 160 shops.
There’s also a good selection of cafes, restaurants, tapas bars and ABC cine-complex on the third floor.
Address: Autopista de El Saler, 16
AQUA MULTIESPACIO – Shopping Mall
An excellent new shopping center by the City of Arts and Sciences similar to El Saler Shopping Center (above) .
With places to eat and a cinema. Both are very convenient if you are staying at one of the lovely hotels in this area.
Menorca, 19 (off Av. Francia)
Phone34 963 308 429Aqua
The Centro Nuevo shopping center is just around the corner from the popular Expo Hotel and the central Bus Station.
The Turia metro station is a few yards across the road near the Turia gardens and Barrio del Carmen is a 15 minute walk away.
The center has 250 shops with car parking available under the shops plus an El Corte Inglés department store with a supermarket in the basement.
There are a variety of bars, restaurants and cafes where you can have a meal or drink.
During the summer months, Christmas and throughout the year there’s a very small fair which is great fun for small children.
Address Avenida Pio X11, 4-6
Times: Mon-Sat: 10.00am-9.00pm
Jorge Juan, 19
Discover the upmarket Mercat Colón (Columbus market) in Jorge Juan which is in the up-market area of Canovas (between Colón and Gran Via Marques del Turía).
It has recently been refurbished and is set in a beautiful modernist building with two colossal doorways. Relax and unwind at one of the restaurants or cafès, and watch the world go buy.
Galería Jorge Juan
This is another of the small and very upmarket Valencia shopping centres in Jorge Juan, close to Mercado de Colón.
With a selection of 40 shops you can also enjoy a meal at the lovely restaurant (250 covers) or relax with a drink at the cafè.
The restaurant is well known for it’s traditional rice dishes:
Monday – Paella de Marisco, Tuesday – Arroz Rosejat, Wednesday – Arroz de Verduras, Thursday Arroz a Banda con Ali i Oli, Friday – Arroz con Col y Bacalao and Saturday – Paella Valenciana!
With 24 hour parking.
Jorge Juan, 21
Tel: 34 963 524 966
Boulevard Austria ~ Galería Don Juan de Austria
Located in the heart of Valencia the Boulevard Austria is full of fashion and home furnishing shops.
Calle Don Juan de Austria, 4.
D. Juan de Austria, 4
Tel: 34 963 512 333
Mercado de Fuencarral is one of the brand new trendy Valencia Shopping Centers.
As well as having 70 shops, restaurants and bars, there’s also a 16 screen cinema.
Tirso de Molina,15
Markets in Valencia
Open in mornings until about 1-2 pm.
Monday: Moncada , Pobla da Valbona (very good).
Tuesday: Huge market selling all types of clothes fabrics, shoes, bags etc in central Valencia by the Estacion del Norte , metro stop Xativa.
Well worth a visit. Closes at 1-2pm Also good local market in Betera
Wednesday: L’Eliana – good for towels and same range as Carrefour but cheaper.
Saturday: Rocafort Plaza – small fruit and veg market with some clothes stalls.
Sunday: English and Spainish market in La Pobla its HUGE.
Opens at 8am and Closes at 2pm Rastro, or flea market next to the Valencia Football Stadium and in the Rotunda near the Central Marcado.
The Central Mercado in Valencia is open every day until 2pm
The Malvarosa Beach market is open in the summer from Thursday until Sunday from late afternoon into the evening.
Services for Valencia, in the Valencia region of Spain.
Satellite TV in Valencia
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How to get to Valencia
The fastest way to get to Valencia is by flying to Valencia Airport (Manises), although airfares to this airport are sometimes expensive. An alternative would be to fly to nearby Alicante (100 miles south) and take a train or bus to Valencia. Travelling all the way from France by rail to Valencia can be somewhat awkward and expensive, although rail
travel within Spain is surprisingly fast and efficient owing to the modern, high-speed trains and good tracks. Driving is the next best option, with major roads from all directions converging on Valencia, while bus travel is also worthwhile.
Weather Forecast for Valencia
Spring in Valencia
The Spring in Valencia is lovely, warm and sunny and a good time to explore the city and surrounding area.
There are so many festivals such as Las Fallas in March and Easter which you can really enjoy because the weather is so good.
Summer in Valencia
The summer months are the ideal time for holidays in the sun and enjoying the long wide sandy beaches of Valencia.
Summer can often last well into October with temperatures in the late 20s and early 30s so still time to go for a swim and sunbathe.
Autumn in Valencia
During the Autumn/Fall it sometimes rain but not very often. If you’re here during October or November it’s a good idea to pack a small umbrella as you might get caught in a shower.
Other than that the weather is mild and sunny with temperatures often in the early 20s.
Winter in Valencia
The winter months are mild and sunny with temperatures often in the early 20s. This is why so many people visit during the winter months and why it is such a popular year round destination.
The weather is so good that it’s a pleasure to do Christmas shopping in December. You can even enjoy a drink in the sun on the terraces of the Old Quarter or by the beach.
Valencia’s pleasant Mediterranean climate means that any time is a good time for a Valencia trip. Typical Valencia weather patterns include hot summers, mild winters, little rain and tons of delightfully sunny days- in fact, Valencia spends about 2,600 hours basking in bright Mediterranean sunshine each year!
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Weather Forecast for Valencia, the capital of the Spanish autonomous community of Valencia and its province.
Map of Valencia
A map of Valencia, the capital of the Spanish autonomous community of Valencia and its province.
Valencia Tourist Information
Valencia is the capital of the Spanish autonomous community of Valencia and its province. It is the third largest city in Spain and the 21st largest in the European Union. It forms part of an industrial area on the Costa del Azahar. The estimated population of the city of Valencia proper was 797,654 as of 2007 official statistics. Population of the metropolitan area (urban area plus satellite towns) was 1,738,690 as of 2007.
With a coastline of more than 485 km, the area of Valencia has some of Europe’s finest beaches. In 2011, 104 beaches and 12 ports in the comunidad Valencia received the quality mark “Blue Banner”. In Spain, there are 571 beaches and ports where the “Blue Banners” wave.
Valencia City has around a million inhabitants, with 2.5 million people in the metropolitan area. Valencia has its large share of foreigners, with the largest group is Latin American, mainly from Equador, Colombia, Peru and Bolivia, as well as Cuba, Venezuala and Argentina. Valencia is not like places along Costa Blanca or Costa del Sol where ex-pats are numerous.
Historically, Valencia has been the capital of an autonomous Valencian Community within the Spanish Crown. This status was taken away in the XVIII century after the European War of Succession and not re-gained until very recently. Currently, Valencia is proud to be once again an autonomous region with the right to promote its own cultural identity.
The Valencians have their own language – Valenciano. It is quite close to Castellano (the “official” Spanish), and even closer to Catalan. If you speak Castellano you will roughly understand the former. DONT make a mistake of calling Castellano Espanol, when talking to a Valencian. Valenciano is Espanol too. Also, many linguists would call Valenciano a dialect of Catalan and you You won’t hear that much Valenciano on the streets of Valencia – it is more common in villages. However, many signs will be in both (or Valenciano only).
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Americas Cup in Valencia
Valencia was selected in 2003 to host the historic Americas Cup yacht race becoming the first European city to do so. The Americas Cup matches took place in summer 2007. Alinghi defeated Team New Zealand, and successfully defended the Americas Cup. It has been officially announced that Valencia would be the host city for the 33rd Americas Cup, to be carried out on June 2009.
Fiestas in Valencia
Valencia is known for Las Fallas, which is a famous local festival held in March.
La Tomatina, an annual tomato fight, draws crowds to the nearby town of Buñol in August.
There are also a number of Catholic fiestas throughout the year. Holy week celebrations in Valencia are considered the most colourful in Spain.
Places to visit / Sightseeing in Valencia
Another ‘not to be missed’ permanent attraction is the architecture which houses the now complete City of the Arts and Sciences. There are four main buildings:
Oceanographic – with over 45,000 samples of 500 different species of underwater life including a special tank with sharks which you can walk under.
Museum of the Sciences Prince Philip- where you can participate in all kinds of experiments and learn a lot more about biology and genetics.
The Hemispheric- where you can sit back, choose and enjoy any of the three audio-visual shows, either at the Planetarium, the Laserium or on the gigantic screen watching documentaries where you feel you are an active part.
The Queen Sophia Palace of Arts – this was just opened in October 2005 with the presence of the Queen. Here, all visitors will be honoured with performing arts in theatre, opera and all kinds of dance exhibitions.
If you are planning to travel to Valencia for whatever holiday at the end of next year, you will find yourself with the new Valencia Zoo or BioPark situated in a new green area and housing among other animals, over 250 species from the African savannah. Its to be 14 times bigger
than the existing one and will take approximately six hours to see it all, but do not worry because the weather in Valencia is sunny and mild in winter. The young and old will be able to enjoy seeing the natural habitats of all these different animals that one usually cannot contemplate unless you actually travel there.
Train Timetable For Gandia Train Station to Valencia Nord Train Station. Valencia to Gandia Train Stations. Train from Gandia to Valencia.
These are the train timetables (correct as at Dec 2011) to and from Gandia Train Station to Valencia Nord train station, with stops at Cullera, Xeraco, Tavernes Valdigna, and Grau De Gandia.
Trains depart from Gandia to Valencia every 20 minutes. Three times a day trains depart from “Grao de Gandia” (harbour).
Oliva does not have a train station, and so Gandia Train Station is the nearest train station to Oliva.
There is no train link from Gandia to Denia via Oliva. To do this you will have to go by bus.
Train Timetable from Gandia Train Station to Valencia North Station
Train Timetable from Valencia North Station to Gandia Train Station
Other train stations on this line:
Valencia Nord Train Station
Alfafar Train Station
Massanassa Train Station
Catarroja Train Station
Silla Train Station
El Romaní Train Station
Sollana Train Station
Sueca Train Station
Cullera Train Station
Tavernes de la Valldigna Train Station
Xeraco Train Station
Gandia Train Station
Platja i Grau de Gandia Train Station
Valencia to Gandia Train Stations. Train from Gandia to Valencia. C1 Line. C1 Linea.
These are the train stations on the Valencia North / Valencia Nord to the Gandia route.
This is the C1 line route / cercanias linea C1 from Valencia to Gandia.
The train stations are listed as they are found along the route from Valencia Train Station to Gandia Train Station.
The train timetable Valencia North / Valencia Nord Train Station to Gandia Train Station can be found here : Valencia Train Station to Gandia Train Station Train Timetable
Valencia Nord Train Station / Estacion Trens
Valencia Nord Estacion Trens – Valencia North Railway Station
Calle Xátiva, 24
Phone: +34 96 352 02 02
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Alfafar-Benetússer Train Station / Estacion Trens
Est. Ferrocarril, S/N
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Massanassa Train Station / Estacion Trens
Frente Estación, S/N ,
46560 , Massanassa
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Catarroja Train Station / Estacion Trens
Ronda Est, S/N ,
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Silla Train Station / Estacion Trens
Plaza de Mercado Nuevo, 1
Silla, 46460, Valencia
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El Romaní Train Station / Estacion Trens
El Romaní, Valencia
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Sollana Train Station / Estacion Trens
Avinguda Sant Vicent Ferrer
Sollana 46430, Valencia
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Sueca Train Station / Estacion Trens
Avenida del Ferrocarril s/n
46410 Sueca, Valencia
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Cullera Train Station / Estacion Trens
Calle Sueca s/n
46400, Cullera, Valencia
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Tavernes de la Valldigna Train Station / Estacion Trens
Partida el Golfo
46760 Tavernes de la Valldigna Valencia
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Xeraco Train Station / Estacion Trens
Estació del ferrocarril s/n
Xeraco, 46770, Valencia
Telephone: 902 320 320 / 902 43 23 43
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Gandia Train Station / Estacion Trens
Parc de l’estacio s/n
46700 Gandia Valencia
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Platja i Grau de Gandia Train Station / Estacion Trens
Parc de l’estacio s/n
46700 Platja i Grau de Gandia Valencia
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Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, Valencia / City of Arts and Sciences Valencia
The City of Arts and Sciences, Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias in Valencian, is a huge futuristic educational complex designed for Valencia by the famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrva
The City of Arts and Sciences is composed of six elements (below), all bound together in a luxurious lanscape of clear water spaces and greenery
The City of Arts and Sciences comprises of the Hemisferic, Science Museum, Oceanografic, Paula de les Arts, The Agora and Umbracle.
L’Hemisferic was the first building to be created at the complex in 1998. L’Hemisferic has the shape of an eye, and is reflected 24.000 square meters lake.
L’Hemisferic is an splendid Laserium, Planetarium and IMAX cinema (over a 900 square meters of screen) which shows an amazing variety of 3D films.
Average viewing time: 1 hour
The Principe Felipe Science Museum, Cuidad de Las Artes y Las Ciencias Valencia
The Principe Felipe Science Museum is a great day out for adults and kids alike with load of interaction to keep the children amused. The museum has varying programmes/displays and workshops. Restaurant, cafe and bookshop are also incorporated.
An enormous long structure with 3 Floors of ultra-interactive science material on topics like electricity, physical laws, lasers, human body, sport sciences, sound, lights, planetarium, and many others.
Some stuff is purely fun, other takes good brain work, all of it is fascinating.
Most of the exhibition is permanent, with a couple of rotating temporary sections.
The Oceanografic, Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias Valencia
The Oceanographic opened in 2003 and is the biggest aquarium in Europe.
The Oceanographic is divided into different geographic zones. There is a section on every marine zone in the world – from Arctic to Mediterranean.
The walkway includes an underwater tunnel to watch the sea life swimming above you and an underwater restaurant to dine amongst the sea life.
The Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias Valencia
The Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia opened in 2005 and hosts many well known musicals, ballets and operas.
As a concert hall, The Palace of Arts has 4 distinct auditoriums for various kinds of stage arts, from classical concerts and operas to theatre plays.
Due to its incredible acoustics it is becoming one of the most prestigious opera halls in Europe.
L’Umbracle, Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias Valencia
L’Umbracle or The Greenhouse is a promenade with species of plants from all over the world withing the Cuidad de Las Artes y Las Ciencias complex.
It is shaped by a succession of 55 fixed arches and 54 floating arches of 18 meters high. On them grows climbing plants, which will provide shade along the whole landscaped walk and will give a feeling of a “Winter Garden”.
Inside the structure is an outdoor art gallery, called the ‘Stroll of the Sculptures’ with nine sculptures from contemporary authors.
The Agora, Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias Valencia
The latest addition the to The City of Arts and Sciences, Cuidad de Las Artes y Las Ciencias is The Agora which opened in 2009.
Depending on the configuration of the space, a maximum seating capacity for 6,000 people can be reached.
The Agora was officially inaugurated in November 2009 to host the Valencia Open 500 ATP tournament, although the construction works were not completely finished.
For more information telephone ticket sales on 902 100 031 or visit www.cac.es
Bull fighting in Spain
Bull fighting is very closely associated with Spain and can trace its origins back to 711 A.D. This is when the first bullfight took place in celebration for the crowning of King Alfonso VIII. It is very popular in Spain with several thousand Spaniards flocking to their local bull-ring each week. It is said that the total number of people watching bullfights in Spain reaches one million every year.
Bull fighting was originally a sport for the aristocracy and took place on horseback. King Felipe V took exception to the sport however and banned the aristocracy from taking part, believing it to be a bad example to the public. After the ban commoners accepted the sport as their own and, since they could not afford horses, developed the practice of dodging the bulls on foot, unarmed. This transformation occurred around 1724.
Bull fighting is a highly ritualised tradition in Spain. It is a spectacle in full colours, costumes and music. Whatever your views on the moral issues of corrida, this event will leave a deep cultural impression. The corrida is still a very contemporary thing in Spain, although there has been more movement by pressure groups to declare it a backward barbarity. The torreros (bull-fighters) enjoy the same status as football stars. They get endorsed by corporations and appear all over the press. However, bull fighting is also about the bull. A bull who fights gets honoured, as well as his owner. Those bulls are of a rare noble breed.
The bull always gets killed. It may be a difficult decision for you to participate in watching the corrida or not.
So what happens during a bullfight?
Firstly the bull is let into the ring. Then, the top bullfighter called the Matador, watches his chief assistant wave a bright yellow and magenta cape in front of the bull to make it charge. He watches this in order to determine the bulls qualities and mood, before taking over himself.
Then a trumpet is sounded and several fighters called Picadores weaken the bull by placing spears into it. This takes around 10 minutes.
Another trumpet is sounded and the Matador now removes his black winged hat and dedicates the death of the bull to the president or the crowd before beginning his faena.
The faena which is the most skilful section of the fight and where the matador must prove his courage and artistry. The faena consists of a running at the Matador carrying a muleta. This is a piece of thick crimson cloth draped over a short stick, which can be held in either the left hand or draped over the espada, the killing sword, which is always held in the right hand. Usually the muleta, in left or right hand, is first held in front of the matador to make the bull charge and is then swung across and away from the matadors body hopefully taking the bull with it.
This is a show, basically a dance with death – one wrong move and the Matador could become impaled on the horns of the bull. It is the Matadors job to make this dance dramatic and enjoyable for the audience.
The faena continues until the Matador has demonstrated his superiority over the bull. Once this is achieved the bull is ready to be killed.
The matador stands some ten feet from the bull, keeping the bull fixated on the muleta and aims the espada between the shoulder blades. The matador attacks pushing the espada over the horns and deep between the shoulder blades. If the sword goes in to the hilt it is an estocada but if it hits bone it is a pinchazo or media-estocada. An estocada usually results in the bull dropping immediately to its knees and dying, but if the bull fails to die the matador may take the descabello (a sword with a short cross piece at the end) which he stabs into the bulls neck severing the spinal cord. The fight is over.
The matador may be awarded trophies by the president, according to his skill in working with the bull, which can be one or two ears from the bull, the tail and the hoof. The crowd will often encourage the president to award the trophies by waving white handkerchiefs, and this waving continues after the trophies have been awarded in an attempt to get the matador to throw his trophies into the crowd. The crowd in return hurls flowers which are collected by the matadors assistants.
Bullring Valenica / Plaza de Toros, Valencia
The Plaza de Toros in Valencia is a spectacular building just by the train station, in the centre of the city, built a-la Roman amphitheatre. You can have a small look at its interior from the Museum Taurino any time of the year. Most of the year Plaza de Toros is used for various concerts, congregations and cultural events.
The actual bull-fighting (corrida) in Valencia takes place three times a year:
Spring Season during Las Fallas, March
Summer Season during the Feria de Julio, July
Autumn Season during October
Bullfighting terms and languag
Muleta – A small red cloth stretched over a stick (Palo)
Capote – The red cape
Paseillo – The parade of fighters at the beginning
Corrida – A Bullfighting show
Espada – The matadors sword also called the ESTOQUE
Matador – The top bullfighter
Novilladas – Beginners fights
Rejoneadores – Horse-mounted fighters
Toril – Enclosure for the bulls
Picador – Fighter to weaken the bull
Banderillas – Barbed darts on coloured shafts placed into the bulls shoulders
Puntilla – A dagger that is stabbed into the base of the bulls skull
Puerta grande – The main door to the arena
Gradas – Highest seats at the back of the ring (cheapest seats)
Barreras – Front seats
Sol/Sombra – Sun/Shade – the choice as to where you sit
Plaza de Toros – Bullring