Tourist information

Valencia
Valencia is one of the largest cities (approximately one million inhabitants) in Spain, and among the liveliest. It is located right on the Mediterranean Sea, just in front of Ibiza, and you will find bright beaches, fantastic possibilities for any kind of sports, a boiling nightlife. Valencia City is an ideal place to enjoy its climate, its beaches and gastronomy. Together with lots of cultural appeal learning Spanish in Valencia has become very popular. Valencia is also famous for its Paella Valenciana, just one of the many examples of its excellent cuisine.

Things to See
Local Fiestas and Festivals
Las Fallas (15-19 March)
A world known festival in which the whole city becomes a huge powder keg full of music and colour for five long days, which culminate with the burning of more than 800 papier-mâché monuments around the city. More information at: www.fallasfromvalencia.com
Tourist routes
We recommend various tourist routes in the city of Valencia. They are marked out by names or colours so you can get to know the most outstanding parts of the historic centre and different districts.
If you don't have too much time to spend getting acquainted with the city, we recommend you follow the old course of the River Turia. Valencia City Council calls this route the culturia (www.culturia.org) playing on the river name and the word 'culture'. It gives you an initial impression of Valencia, so you will come back and visit again soon.
Tourist card
There is a combined card that offers free public transport and discounts in Museums, leisure activities, shops and restaurants, during 1, 2 or 3 days that could be very convenient for the conference attendance. Information about it in the following web page www.valenciatouristcard.com
National Holiday
Please be aware that Friday April 6 is Good Friday and Sunday April 8 & Monday April 9 is Easter.
Climate
The weather in Valencia in April is mild. Average temperature is 20C. The official web page of the city council where people will be able to find a whether forecast: www.ayto-valencia.es
Banks
Most banks are open from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Only a few branches open on Saturday mornings. There are 24-hour automatic tellers all around the city, and most (Servired, 4B, etc.) offer international services.
Taxes
The tax rates for services in Spain is 7% and for goods 16%.
Electricity
Standard electrical voltage in Valencia is 220-240 V AC, 50 Hz. A transformer and an adapter are necessary to use North American electrical appliances whose plugs have two square pins. Adapters are available in most hardware stores.
Tourist Information Valencia
Plaza de la Reina, 19 46002 Valencia
www.turisvalencia.es
infoturistica@turisvalencia.es
Phone34 963 153 931
Fax34 963 153 920

Official website of Valencia: http://www.comunitatvalenciana.com.