The best time to visit Valencia is during the Summer and the Fallas celebration.
You’ll have to decide which one you prefer because the Fallas are celebrated in March and Summer in Spain is from June to September, even though good weather can begin earlier and leave later.
What time do shops open and close?
Most shops in Valencia will follow the locals’ schedule, that is, close during the afternoon when locals usually have rest (and the famous siesta).
Most bars will open at 7-8 am; stores and supermarkets, at 9 am; and shopping malls, at 10 am, all closing at 9-10 pm except bars and pubs which may stay open until 12-1 am on weekends.
The aforementioned siesta time means that stores and bars -not malls or supermarkets- will close from approx. 2 to 4-5 pm.
What about banks?
Banks’ opening hours are usually from 8:15-8:30 am to 2 pm. ATMs are available all the time.
What time do they serve lunch and dinner?
Valencians -and most Spaniards- eat lunch at 2-3 pm so restaurants are usually open for lunch from 1:30 to 4 pm.
Dining, most focused on tourists, will offer a more relaxed schedule, particularly on weekends, but don’t expect to eat dinner before 8 pm.
What about transportation?
Metro and bus lines have different timetables so check out our dedicated pages to know more about each one and getting around Valencia.
What's Daylight Saving Time?
If you don’t live in the European Union, you might never have heard of Daylight Saving Time.
This means that the country’s time is changed to “Summer time” on the last Sunday in March: instead of 2 am, now it’s 3 am! So you should change your clocks/watches accordingly (your phone might do it automatically if you’ve got your time zone set to Valencia’s, which is GMT+1).
Beware the holidays!
Valencian -all Spaniards, for that matter- love their holidays, and they enjoy lots throughout the year. Take this into account because all shops will close on these special days.
Also, Sundays in Spain are dedicated to rest so all shops and supermarkets, and some bars will also close, even downtown.
What's the currency?
Everything in Valencia will be in euros (even though you might still see old pesetas in supermarket tickets for reference!).
Be sure to bring euros with you -or to go to an exchange office- because no store or restaurant will accept payments in other currencies, not even American dollars.
How much do common things cost?
Things will vary a lot depending on where you’re shopping or dining out.
A menu at a Michelin-starred restaurant could cost €60 each but a coffee at any bar should be around €1.20-1.50.
A famous Valencian custom is “almuerzo” (literally, lunch), a meal between breakfast and proper lunch (which they call “comida”, meal) featuring a baguette sandwich, a drink and a coffee for €4.5-5.
Should I leave a tip?
In many countries, it’s customary to leave a tip, and there’s usually a fixed percentage. Spain is not one of those countries, so you don’t have to feel “obliged” to leave a tip, although they might expect it if they can tell you’re a tourist!
Leisure travelers whose place of residence is a country outside of the EU are entitled to have VAT (in Spain, IVA) deducted from the purchases they’ve made.
This is usually done at the airport at the end of your trip.
Beware: most locals will only be able to speak Spanish and they’ll barely understand English.
Even though they get visitors from all over the world (particularly Italians, Germans and Brits), it’s really hard to find people who speak English in most restaurants, museums, or the streets.
You’ll do a lot of pointing at this and that but a little knowledge of Spanish won’t hurt. Menus might be in Spanglish/have bad translations except in renowned restaurants.
If you’ve got any questions, do not hesitate to ask us!
Spain has several official languages, sometimes erroneously called dialects. Among them, Valencian, which is very similar to Catalan (but don’t say that to locals! They’re very proud of their roots).
That’s why most signs will be in both languages; too bad that they’re not in English too, considering the amount of tourists the city receives.
What's the weather like?
The weather in Valencia is fantastic during most of the year, particularly in the Summer -although it’s really hot (most Northern Europeans get sunburnt!) and humid.
Winter nights can be cold, of course, and rain is hardly seen, but when it rains, it pours!
To know what to expect before and during your trip, check out our Weather page.
Temperature, weights, and measures
Spain, as most countries within the European Union, uses the metric system (1 m = 3.281 feet / 1.093 yards). Weights are expressed in litres and kilos, and temperatures, in degrees Celsius (ºC).
Regarding electrical devices, the norm is 220 volts, with a frequency of 50 Hz, while in the US or Canada, for example, it’s 110 volts/60 Hz. Sockets also vary from country to country so adapters/transformers could be necessary. Make sure to bring them with you so you don’t have to buy them at a store.
Is it safe?
Valencia isn’t a dangerous city -Spain is one of the safest countries in the world- but of course, you should be careful in very crowded places such as mercadillos (flea markets), during Fallas, and at the beach.
Both the beach and the City of Arts and Sciences are great places to go with children. There’s also the Turia’s old riverbed, where a giant Gulliver has become a favorite of the young and the not so young.
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