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Valencia, the city



Valencia is a traditional Mediterranean city located on the east coast of Spain with a population of 800.000. Attendees visiting the city can enjoy an historic city that is a fascinating mixture of different cultures and religions that still remains alive in the numerous city's monuments and typical streets, combined with the most absolute modernity exemplified by the modern architectural area " Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias".
Valencia is a city for encounters and contrasts. The legacy left by the cultures and civilisations which have reached these shores in the past still remains alive in the city´s monuments and streets, not to mention in its people´s hearts.
Business and trade coexist with leisure and culture. Valencia is a city that never sleeps. It has a rich cultural life with festivals, concerts, shows and exhibitions all year round.
A city like this can be enjoyed with all five senses. Dialogues flow smoothly, Ideas flow back and forth easily, lines of communication are always open and people feel at their ease. Valencia invites you to indulge your passion for the art of encounters.
Valencia offers a rich cultural heritage of music, art, gastronomy, architecture and folklore, and getting to the city from any part of the globe is easy and convenient, thanks to a modern network of links with the most important European cities.
For further information about the tourism and conference facilities in Valencia, please consult Turisvalencia, created and published by the Turismo Valencia Convention Bureau.

LANGUAGE
There are two official languages in Valencia: "Valenciano", used in the Valencian Community, and Spanish, Spain's official language.
There are centres that offer specialised classes, practical training and cultural activities; in addition, they can help students with finding housing. The Association of Spanish Schools in the Valencian Region (AMEELE) brings together Spanish schools in the city of Valencia which are accredited by the Instituto Cervantes.
POSTAL SERVICES
The Central Post and Telegraph Office (Plaza del Ayuntamiento, 24) is open on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and between 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Telephone: 96 310 27 30.
Stamps are also available in all tobacconists.

TIME ZONE
People generally eat later than in other European countries: breakfast (7:30 and 10:00 a.m.) is similar to the continental style. Restaurants serve lunch between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., and dinner from 8:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m
 
TIPPING
Tips are included in all prices and bills, so tipping is not considered obligatory. However, if the service received is considered satisfactory, especially in bars and restaurants, a tip is often left.

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 around the city, and most of them (Servired, 4B, etc.) offer International services.

CREDIT CARDS
Most hotels, restaurants and shops in Valencia accept the main credit cards such as American Express, VISA, Mastercard, 4B, Access y Diners Club.

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 shops.
HOLIDAYS
  • New Year Day: 1st January
  • San Vicente Mártir: 22nd January
  • San José: 19th March
  • San Vicente Ferrer: 5th April, celebrated the Monday right after Easter
  • Good Friday and Easter Monday: (dates change every year)
  • Labour Day: 1st May
  • Sant Dionís: 9th October, Valencian Community National Day
  • All Saints: 1st of November
  • The Day of the Constitution: 6th of December
  • The Feast of the Immaculate Conception: 8th of December.
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