On Spain’s east coast on the Iberian Peninsula, the Valencian regional capital of Valencia has evolved over centuries through its situation on the Mediterranean Sea. Architecture is a blend of the city’s Gothic and Moorish history combined with ultra-sleek modern by architect Santiago Calatrava within the river greenbelt of La Turia Gardens.

  • Regional Capital of the Valencian Community
  • Currency: Euro
  • Languages: Spanish and Valencian Catalan
  • Tram and Metro passes: any metro station (single-ride or 10-journey pass)
  • Bikes are popular forms of transportation, especially around Turia Gardens (greenbelt)
  • Valencia ranked a safe city, but be aware of pickpockets, particularly in tourist areas and public transit areas

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  • Renfe trains takes around 3-1/2 hours between Barcelona and Valencia (Estació Nord);
    while high-speed AVE trains (also run by Renfe) take just over 1-1/2 hours to travel between Madrid and Valencia (Estació Joaquin Sorolla)—helpful tourist transport info site HERE
  • Rail Europe is a great source for making necessary train reservations—more travel information can be found in my post on an earlier trip: Northwestern Europe
  • Our Eurail passes covered our train travel between cities and villages within our selected countries on the continent
  • For local transport throughout Valencia, we purchased 10-journey tram/metro passes from the metro station office—information guide HERE
  • Metro maps were stored on our phones for quick reference, such as this one for Valencia:
Valencia Tram/Metro Map