Valencia is the third largest city in Spain. It is a charming, coastal town located in the Eastern part of Spain, hosting the largest port on the Mediterranean Western coast. Valencia's Mediterranean average climate means annual temperatures of 18°C.
The city contains a large monumental heritage. The ancient winding streets of the Barrio del Carmen contain buildings dating to Roman and Arabic times. The Cathedral, built between the 13th and 15th centuries, is primarily of Gothic style but contains elements of Baroque and Romanesque architecture. Beside the Cathedral is the Gothic Basilica of Our Lady of the Forsaken ( Basílica De La Virgen De Los Desamparados). The 15th century Serrano and Quart towers are part of what was once the wall surrounding the city.
UNESCO has recognised the silk exchange market (La Lonja de la Seda), built in early Valencian gothic style, as a World Heritage Site. The modernist Central Market ( Mercado Central) is one of the largest in Europe. The main railway station ( Estación Del Norte) is built in modernist style, the Spanish version of Art Nouveau.
World-renowned (and city-born) architect Santiago Calatrava produced the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences, which contains an opera house/performing arts centre, a science museum, an IMAX cinema/planetarium, an oceanographic park and other structures such as a long covered walkway and restaurants.
Valencia is renowned for Las Fallas, a famous local festival held in March, as well as for its gastronomic culture in which paella valenciana - a simmered rice dish that includes seafood or meat - stands as the most popular dish.
Valencia's International Airport is located eight kilometres to the west of the capital, in the city limits of Manises and Quart de Poblet. It is connected to Valencia by bus, underground, and taxi. The regular bus line (MetroBus) takes about 45 minutes, while the shuttle service (Aerobus) to the city centre takes only 20 minutes. The metro network (lines 3 and 5) also connect the airport to the city centre (20 minutes), the Railway Station and the Port.
Within Spain: getting to Valencia by high-speed train from Madrid or Barcelona
Participants of the ASTRONUM-2011 Conference can make use of a special 30% reduction one way or round trip ticket offered by RENFE (Spain's National Railroad Network). This discount applies to high-speed trains for both long and medium distance, as well as suburban trains and standard medium distance trains. It may be an option to consider for participants flying to Madrid-Barajas International Airport, as the high-speed train (AVE) from Madrid to Valencia only takes 90 minutes. Interested participants must use the document provided in this link. Instructions and conditions are also provided in the document.
Valencia Metro Network
How to reach the Hotel Las Arenas from Valencia Airport
By public transport:
The best choice is to take the underground. Its entrance is located on the ground floor of the regional flights terminal. Take line 5 until the end of the line, "Neptú" stop (see map of network above). The trip takes about 45 minutes. From this stop you only have a five-minute walk to the hotel.
The trip takes around 30 minutes and costs about 30-40 €.
How to reach the Hotel Astoria from Valencia Airport
By public transport:
Again, the best choice is to take the underground. Take either line 3 or 5 until the stop "Xativa" (see map of network above). The trip takes about 25 minutes. From this stop you have a ten-minute walk to the hotel.
The trip takes around 20 minutes and costs about 20-30 €.
Some useful links to plan your travel.