Fly To Valencia, Spain
Valencia is one of the largest cities in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona. It’s also the first city where paella simmered away over a wood fire. Valencia is friendly, vibrant and a little chaotic but it has a lot to offer its visitors including the City of Arts and Sciences – an ultramodern compound of museums, cinemas and theatres, as well as the best in Spanish entertainment after dark.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African citizens travelling to Valencia do require a Schengen Visa to enter Spain. You’ll also need to make sure that your SA passport is valid for 6 months from the date of your return and that you have 2 pages free for stamps.
- The South African Embassy is located at Edificio Lista, Calle de Claudio Coello 91-6, Cor of J Ortega Y GAsset, 28006, Madrid. Phone: +34 91 436 3780.
See and do
Make sure the City of Arts and Science is on your to-do list! You’ll get to explore a Science Museum, IMAX cinema, Planetarium, Aquarium and an Arts Museum.
The neighbourhood of Barri del Carme can be found in the old centre. It’s great for a relaxed stroll where you will see how the transition from a forgotten area to an up-and-coming neighbourhood has taken place. There are loads of outdoor cafes and trendy shops as well as a vibrant mix of people. It’s a good spot for evening shenanigans too.
The Seu is a cathedral with doors dating back to three particular architectural periods. Take a trip up the Micalet tower for a lovely view of the city. Another building worth a visit is the La Lonja de la Seda or Silk Exchange. It’s a UNESCO landmark and the interior vaulting remains original.
Take a walk along the Turia River bed too. Today it is a soccer and rugby field and there is an artificial boating lake as well as a playground, trails and fountains. The massive park stretches over many neighbourhoods and it’s a great excuse for some sunshine and exercise.
Valencia has several beaches, the most popular being Playa de Malvarrosa and Playa e Levante o de la Arenas. Hop on a tram or metro to get there or head to the nicest beach by far, El Saler and enjoy a day soaking up the Spanish sun and enjoying various water sports.
Visiting the hot springs is also a must. The crystalline waters that bubble up from the earth are rather enticing and make for great snorkelling too.
You can have your pick when it comes to shopping in the city – from markets to malls. Be sure to pick up a few authentic trinkets for those back home!
A popular way to get around the city is on a bicycle. Alternatively, exploring on foot is very easy in Valencia and there is also a top notch train system.
Valencia Airport – VLC
Valencia Airport is the 8th busiest in Spain when it comes to passengers. There are flight connections to around 15 European countries.
Food and beverage: Dehesa Santa Maria.
Currency Exchange: ATM’s can be found on the ground and first floors and there are currency exchange facilities throughout the terminal.
Lost Luggage: Queries can be directed to the Lost & Found office or relevant airline counter on the ground floor of the terminal.
Car Hire: Avis, Enterprise, Atesa, Europcar and Hertz.
Airport Hub: Valencia Airport (code VLC) is a hub for Air Nostrum, Ryanair and Vueling.