Valencia, Spain travel tips

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You can save a bit of money while you're in Valencia if you visit the Mercado Central, the main fruit and vegetable market in the city, and stock up on snacks.

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If you plan on using public transportation, get a twenty-four hour tourist card, which gives you discounts to attractions and free transit. It costs $16USD.

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It's customary in Spain for men to greet women with a kiss on each cheek, even if meeting for the first time, so don't be surprised or put off if this happens---it's just tradition.

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If you want to save money while in Spain, remember that many museums offer free admission on Sunday.

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Remember that many museums in Spain close on Sunday afternoons and all day Monday.

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If you're planning on going in August, remember that many businesses will close during the month.

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Smoking is banned in all bars and restaurants, unless there is a terrace.

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The quickest and cheapest places to eat are the bars that serve tapas.

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The best times to visit Valencia are spring and fall. Summers tend to be unbearably hot, and often crowded. Winters are more pleasant, temperature-wise, but many of the shops close for the off-season.

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In the Old Town, visit the Plaza de Toros, the largest bullring in Spain, which regularly hosts bullfights.

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Inside the City of Arts and Sciences, be sure to visit L'Oceanografic, Valencia's equivalent of Sea World, which features an IMAX theater and a planetarium.

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When exploring the Old Town, simply do it on foot. It's compact and easy to get around in, and you'll save money by not using public transport.

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When using public transportation, remember that the metro is typically more efficient than buses. There are several taxi companies in Valencia, but they will cost more than either the metro or the buses.

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Paella is one of Valencia's culinary specialties, so don't leave the city without trying it.

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If you have an interest in architecture, be sure to check out the City of Arts and Sciences, a group of futuristic buildings designed by Santiago Calatrava, a Valencia native.

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Wander around the port and check out the sights. Valencia's port is often home to sailboats from all over the world, which also makes for an interesting subject for photographers.

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Valencia isn't as famous for its beaches as some places are, which is really a shame, as they're lovely. So if you need an escape, be sure to try the beaches while you're there.

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For about $12USD, you can have a very nice, three course lunch on the ground floor of the Museo de Prehistoria.

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If your schedule is flexible, try visiting Valencia in March to participate in in Las Fallas. This days-long festival involves huge model heads and sculptures which are made by locals and then burned in fantastic fashion.

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Art and architecture lovers shouldn't miss the Museum of Modern Art. The building itself is worth a visit and is one of the most visited and photographed locations in the city.

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