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Valencia is a charming ancient city in Spain, as well as the capital of the Old Kingdom of Valencia province.
It’s a city that you really shouldn’t miss, apart from it being the third most important and most populated city in Spain of Spain that is well worth a visit.
It’s not just extremely culturally and historically important: there are also plenty of opportunities for fun: plenty of pubs and nice areas with great ambiance, good places to eat out, a great park in the old riverbed and a more than an adequate offer of concerts, theatre, and exhibitions.
It has a lot to offer and, best of all, it’s the perfect size to enjoy it without being overwhelmed.
Warnings & Dangers in Valencia
OVERALL RISK : LOW
Valencia is very safe to visit. Apart from the pickpockets, which are common in this country, tourists should encounter no other problems. Use your common sense and your trip should go smoothly.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
Transportation in Valencia is very safe and reliable, even though taxi drivers might try to overcharge their services or demand a tip. Also, be careful on public transport, as it's the place where pickpockets operate.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
Valencia is filled with tourists, and naturally, it attracts a bunch of pickpockets so watch out in crowded places such as bus and train stations. Be careful when carrying your valuables and never leave them out of your sight.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
There are no threats of natural disasters in Valencia, so you can relax since those types of occurrences shouldn't stop you from traveling to this city.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
Do not fear mugging or kidnapping in Valencia, since it is a rare occurrence here. Still, do not accept any unsolicited help or drinks from anyone you don't know (even though drink spiking is also not an issue in this country).
TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
There haven't been recent terrorist attacks in Valencia, but in the light of recent events in this part of Europe, they shouldn't be ruled out, so you should remain vigilant and be aware of your surroundings at all times.
SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
Be wary of "trileros" and their "shell game" where you might get ripped off or stolen from. Always check the bill twice in restaurants and bars since the staff may try to overcharge you or charge for something you did not order.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Women traveling alone should have no problems in Valencia. You should use your common sense, and be careful at night, avoid deserted and poorly lit streets, and finding yourself alone with strange people in abandoned areas. Apart from that, you should have no safety problems in Valencia.
So... How Safe Is Valencia Really?
Valencia is truly a safe city and you have nothing to worry about if you’re planning on visiting this city.
A few normal precaution measures will do the trick for your trip to go smoothly.
Be aware of your surroundings, keep your valuables secure, don’t go into an area that you have a bad feeling about.
Read up on tourist scams before you go, just the usual stuff.
It’s no more dangerous than other European cities: in fact, it’s safer than most.
Just take the same precautions you usually would and you shouldn’t have a problem.
There are a couple of beaten path areas/neighborhoods, which no tourist will visit mainly because they’re far from any interesting spot, are La Coma in Paterna, Barrio del Cristo, Malvarrosa, Velluters, and Fuensanta.
The safest districts are the Old Town, Ruzafa, Patacona and Alameda.
As in many destinations, pickpockets are common in crowded areas.
When you are in Valencia be especially aware during any festival, such as the Falls, as thieves are attracted to the crowds and come as unwanted guests to steal your wallets, cell phones or other valuables.
Also, be well prepared for people trying to scam you.
This can happen with taxi drivers trying to trick you into paying a fixed price from an airport to a city, even though they have a visible fare table.
They may also demand a tip.
- Visas - Most countries do not need a visa to enter Valencia for any stays shorter than 90 days. Any longer than that, you will have to obtain a visa. Also, make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your planned date of return. However, if you are not sure about your visa status, contact your local Spanish embassy.
- Currency - Euro is the official currency in Valencia. ATMs are widely available throughout the country, and credit cards accepted in most establishments such as hotels and restaurants. Allow yourself a budget of around 150e per day, including accommodation.
- Weather - Valencia has three different climate zones, due to its size, but tourists can expect a Mediterranean climate, with hot and dry summers and mild, rainy winters. The vast central part of the state has a more continental climate with a bit colder winters.
- Airports - Valencia Airport in Manises, often referred to as Manises Airport, is the tenth busiest Spanish airport. It is located some 8 km west of the city of Valencia.
- Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Valencia, since it covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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