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Getting around Valencia

Public transport

The main bus company in Valencia is EMT (tel: +34 96 315 8515; www.emtvalencia.es) which operates regular daily services from around 0630 to 2230. There is also a night bus service from the Plaza de Ayuntamiento, which operates Thursday to Saturday 2300-0300.

The underground metro system (tel: +34 900 461 046; www.metrovalencia.com) is geared towards local commuters rather than tourists as it serves the residential and suburban areas. However an extension links the airport to the city centre (lines 3 and 5), port (line 5) and beach at Malvarossa (line 4 which is actually a tram).

Multi-ride tickets and passes (from one-day to monthly passes) cover all transport networks in the city, including the journey between the airport and the centre. The Valencia Tourist Card (www.valenciatouristcard.com) can be used on the bus, tram and metro networks.

Taxis

Radio Taxi Valencia (tel: +34 96 370 3333) and Teletaxi (tel: +34 96 357 1313) are the main taxi providers in Valencia. Meter fare includes VAT (rates rise at night and on Sundays and holidays). Tipping is not expected, but if you would like to tip, the usual amount is 5 to 10% of the meter fare.

Driving

Motorways in Valencia are excellent, but they can get extremely congested during rush hours. The narrow streets in the historic quarters can be hard to navigate, and parking is difficult to find. There are numerous paid car parks in the city centre. Blue markings with a meter signify pay to park for a limited period of time while yellow markings signify no parking.

Car hire

Most of the major international operators have an office at Valencia Airport though usually you get a better deal from the local Spanish operators. Reliable companies include Avis (tel: +34 902 110 195; www.avis.es), Europcar (tel: +34 902 105 055; www.europcar.com) and Hertz (tel: +34 96 240 4039; www.hertz.es).

The minimum age to hire a car in Spain is 21 years old. A passport and a valid driving licence are required. Unless you intend to drive to the countryside, car hire is not necessary as public transport in the city is excellent.

Bicycle hire

Valencia is a great city to explore on two wheels, especially in the historic centre. Valencia Guias, Paseo de la Pechina (tel: +34 650 621 436; www.valenciabikes.com) rents out bikes and organises guided tours with both of them.

Orange Bikes, Calle de Guillem Sorolla (tel: +34 96 391 7551; www.orangebikes.net), has a variety of bikes available, from mountain bikes to electric bikes.

Alternatively, you can try out the city's public bikeshare scheme, Valenbisi (tel: +34 900 900 722; www.valenbisi.com). A short-term subscription is valid for seven days.

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Hotel Villacarlos

This simple, traditional hotel benefits from easy access to Valencia's beaches and cultural attractions via nearby bus and metro links. The functional rooms are decorated in creams and wooden furnishings and offer free Wi-Fi and flatscreen TVs. Ask for the rooftop suite; it has its own sundeck.

Hostal Antigua Morellana

Set in an 18th-century townhouse, this classic Spanish inn is run by four sisters and situated in a narrow lane close to Valencia's historic silk exchange and cathedral. Its cosy, no-frills rooms feature memory-foam mattresses and private bathrooms, as well as TVs and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms also have small balconies.

Hotel ibis Valencia Alfafar

Opposite Albufera Natural Park, this straightforward, chain hotel features modern, budget rooms with flatscreen TVs and Wi-Fi access. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, a bar and a fitness centre, plus guest parking, a business centre and an all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast.

Hotel One Shot Colon 46

Within walking distance of the Cathedral, this hotel is part of the Spanish hotel chain One Shot and offers simple chic for a reasonable price. The unfussy rooms have smart TVs, mini-fridges and rain showers, and those on the top floor have balconies. There's a cafe in the first floor where breakfast is served.

Hotel Ad Hoc Monumental

Situated near Valencia's Cathedral and the Serranos Towers, this charming hotel dates back to 1881 and boasts original features such as exposed brickwork and wood-beamed ceilings. The airy rooms are decorated in old-world style, and many have marble floors and private balconies.

Hotel Las Arenas

Set on the beach, this resort-style hotel dates back to 1898 and offers bright, modern rooms with city, garden or sea views. Its renowned spa and wellness centre includes indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis, bubble beds, ice fountains and a relaxation garden. Its brasserie offers the best in modern Spanish gastronomy.