Direct flights to Valencia in the Alicante region of Spain are available from London, Paris, Rome and other major Spanish cities. Intercontinental flights to Spain do not service Valencia. The nearest intercontinental hub is at Madrid, where the Spain’s largest airport is located. Those travelling from New York, Toronto or Los Angeles will need to change flights at Madrid, London, Rome, Paris or Zurich. Passengers travelling from Johannesburg, Sydney and Auckland will typically need to change twice, once in the UAE or Southeast Asia and again in Europe at either Vienna, Rome or Madrid. Primary airlines that service Valencia include British Airways, Easyjet, Lufthansa, Air Europa and Iberia, Spain’s national carrier. Valencia Airport is located 8 km to the west of the city. It’s connected to the city via Valencia’s underground network with a journey time of just 25 minutes to the city centre.
Valencia is the third largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona. The city boasts both the arts and cultural scene of Madrid and a laidback city-beach theme that’s usually attributed to Barcelona, giving Valencia the best of both worlds. Much of the city’s appeal lies in its Avant Garde approach to architecture. Gothic and Baroque buildings exist alongside 19th century modernist architecture and more recent landmarks. Top attractions include the Museo de la Ciencias Principe Felipe, a breathtakingly modern science museum, the immense 13th century cathedral and the Museo de Bellas Artes, the city’s foremost art gallery. Valencia, as the birthplace of paella, has long been a foodie haven with proud chefs making the most of locally caught and grown produce.