Valencia is the third-largest city in Spain with an expansive metropolitan area that has a population of just under 3 million. It has a thriving economy with numerous business interests and tourist attractions that means it experiences an influx of visitors annually, who mostly book flights to Valencia from countries such as France, Belgium, and Switzerland.
All flights to Valencia are directed to the city's main airport which is the Alicante Airport, the fifth busiest airport in Spain. It handles over 80% of all international flights and it is located about 6.2 miles east of the city center. Any passenger arriving or departing can use private cars, taxis, or buses that have access to the airport to organize onward travel.
The airlines that serve Valencia include Air Europa, EasyJet, British Airways, and Iberia all of which offer direct flights. All direct flights are continental, with the airlines flying from major cities such as Rome, London, and Paris but to mention a few. The airport, however, does not serve intercontinental direct flights such as those from New York, Buenos Aires, and Montreal. Such flights are handled at the nearest intercontinental hub which is Madrid, where there is a layover before the flight concludes in Valencia eventually.
Plane travel is both convenient and comfortable, usually with significantly shorter journey times compared with using trains or the highway. Additionally, there are fewer interruptions such as terminal stops and security checks at various checkpoints that are common particularly at border points. Passengers can relax on their flights, thanks to experienced personnel onboard who serve refreshments and ensure the general comfort of all the passengers.
This airport is just over 6 miles from the city center and is connected via an underground rail system, which takes just 25 minutes to reach the center. Once you arrive, the city has an enthralling cultural scene which is evident from its architecture, comprised of both baroque and gothic styles. Similar to Barcelona, the close proximity to the coast lends the city a laidback beach vibe, enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. More recently, the municipality has invested heavily in a few iconic structures such as the L'Oceanografic which is a huge aquarium, home to both dolphins and sharks. For souvenirs, most visitors head to the vibrant Central Market of Valencia with over 1,000 stalls selling an eclectic range of items.