Valencia Airport or Manises Airport as it is known to the locals is the 8th busiest airport in Spain with connections to 15 countries in Europe. With car hire from Valencia Airport the city is just a short 20 minute drive away. Valencia is the 3rd largest city in Spain and famous for inventing the dish Paella.
Valencia Airport is compact but has all the basics you would need for your journey. It has one terminal and one runway only. There is a VIP lounge for business class passengers or you can pay a nominal fee, for relaxing in style with a few refreshments before your flight. There is a tourist information office for enquiries about the area and there are tourist points in arrivals with regional information. There are 4 ATMs for any emergency Euros you may need. There are 5 shops at the airport including a pharmacy and a newsagent. For gifts, you can shop at La Lilas and duty free bargains at Aldeasa. If you missed lunch, try one of the 5 food outlets that include Medalla de Ora and Dehera Santa Maria. There are two hotels at the airport should you need to stay close by, the Ibis Valencia Aeropuerto and the Tryp Valencia Azafata.
Valencia is a charming old port city with an imposing gothic City Hall, not to be missed. The incredible City of Art and Science was designed by controversial architect Santiago Calatrava and is a museum and exhibition centre for the city. This also includes an IMAX cinema, planetarium and aquarium as well as museums for art and science. The Barri del Carme is the old city with Roman and Arabic buildings. There are cafes and boutiques by day and by night there are popular restaurants and bars. The Llotja de la Seda is the site of ancient silk trading and features gargoyles and rich decoration. The Cathedral of Valencia is well worth a visit as is the Quart Tower and Serrano. If you are in Valencia during March, don’t miss the Fallas Festival.
Out and about with your car hire in Valencia, take a drive out to the beaches of El Saler or Playade Malvarossa and see the mystical hot springs and a bathing spot for a Moorish king’s harem. Further afield, you can head out to the holiday metropolis of Benidorm and the pretty town of Denia.