Information & Facts
Valencia has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild
winters. The average annual temperature is 62°F (17°C). Most of the
rainy days occur during autumn and early spring. Summers can be
baking hot, and humidity tends to be high.
With a comprehensive bus and metro system, it is easy to get
around Valencia. Kiosks and tobacco shops sell cheap 'Bonos'
tickets, which can be used on both buses and trains. The metro
system is not extensive, consisting of four lines, but covers the
major points in the city, including a tramway to the beach. Tickets
for the tram must be bought separately from a vending machine,
which is validated before boarding. Buses will get you to just
about anywhere. More active visitors can opt to hire a bicycle for
around EUR7 a day, and with Valencia's great network of cycle paths
it is an excellent way to get around the city. Much of the city can
be explored on foot, the central area being very compact.
Spanish is the official language, but English is widely
understood in areas frequented by tourists. Catalan, Galician and
Basque are spoken in the relevant areas.
Spain's official currency is the Euro (EUR). One Euro is divided
into 100 cents. Money can be exchanged at bureaux de change and
major hotels, but banks give the best rates. All major credit cards
and travellers cheques are widely accepted at most hotels,
restaurants, and shops. ATMs are widespread and are generally the
cheapest and most convenient method of obtaining money.
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March
and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October). The Canary
Islands: GMT (GMT +1 in summer).