Student Guide

Welcome
Welcome to Route 66 Idiomas Language School. This student guide gives you more information about the School, the services we offer and who you have to speak to if you have a problem, complaint, or suggestion. We hope you enjoy your time here at the Route 66 and your stay in Valencia!
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The School
Route 66 Idiomas opened on April 4, 2005. Its founder and Director is René Clerx. He is originally from Holland, where he gained his Business Management qualifications.
Why is the School called Route 66 Idiomas?

The Route 66 interstate highway symbolizes the optimism that invaded the USA after the Great Depression and the First World War. Often called: “The Main Street of America”, it connects a remote and little-populated region to two of the most important cities of the twentieth century: Chicago and Los Angeles.

The construction of the Route 66 interstate highway began at the end of the 1920s. It made it possible to travel by car from the east to the west of the USA for the first time. Eventually the highway connected 8 states and provided jobs and income for thousands of people. It also offered thousands of others the opportunity to seek a new life.

Since 1984, Route 66 has not been an official interstate highway. However, North Americans and foreign tourists have rediscovered it. These new travellers want to relive the experience of heading west and towards the adventurous future that the famous highway has traditionally symbolized.

Route 66 Idiomas offers you the opportunity to start a new adventure to better your future. When you have learnt Spanish the language barrier that separated you from a large part of the world will disappear. Whether for work, study or vacation, knowing Spanish is sure to open many doors.

Valencia City
The city of Valencia is located next to the Mediterranean Sea and 350 km from Madrid and Barcelona, the largest cities in Spain. Valencia, with its population of 800,000, its many streets and unbeatable climate, offers you a wide variety of unforgettable leisure and cultural experiences. You can enjoy wonderful food, sunbathe on the city’s beaches and play sports. It is the perfect place to learn Spanish. 
  1. You can get more information about Valencia in Route 66. We have various leaflets and city maps.
  2. There are three tourist information offices in the city centre where you can find out more about everything that Valencia has to offer.
  3. You can also visit the following websites:
www.valencia.es / www.comunitatvalenciana.com 
Problems / Complaints / Suggestions

Please do not hesitate to tell us your opinions regarding any of the services we offer. We have complaint and suggestion forms and we encourage you to use them to help us to improve our services. Of course, if you would prefer, you can also make your comments in person.

 
The following timeslots are available each week if you would like to speak to the Director of Studies about any problems, complaints, suggestions or queries you may have about your classes:
 
Monday to Friday: from 13.30 to 15.30.
 

If you have any problems, complaints or suggestions concerning accommodation, invoices, class times, the classrooms, other students, borrowing books and DVDs, extracurricular activities, etc., please contact René.

 We also have a suggestions box. Please do not hesitate to use it.
Extracurricular Activities
  • Language Exchanges (Intercambios). Every 2 weeks the School organizes a language exchange meeting for students learning Spanish and English. The exchange takes place in a pub in the city centre and acts as an ice-breaker; from there you can make your own arrangements to meet up at a later date to continue practicing your new language skills. Check the library bulletin board for language exchange dates. Taking part is free of charge.
  • Dinners. Every month the School organizes a dinner. This dinner is for all students of the School (including students learning English, Valencian and Dutch) and its teachers. You can sign-up in the office. Posters advertising school-organized dinners will be displayed on the library bulletin board. The cost of each dinner will depend on the restaurant (+/- €20).
  • Cultural classes. Every week one of the teachers will give a cultural class. Each class will be about a different topic and will take place from 13.30 to 14.30 so that all students can attend. Information about the date and topic of the class will be posted on the bulletin board in the library. Attendance is free of charge.
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    During your course the Secretary will put up posters to announce excursions (e.g. trips to museums, local towns and villages, festivals, adventure sports activities, etc.).
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    More examples and photos of our extracurricular activities.

    Academic Calendar 2015 - 2016
    Days on which the School will be closed are shaded in grey:

    Academic calendar

    Rules for Route 66 Idiomas Students
  • If you have any problems with a teacher or other students contact Pilar (Director of Studies) immediately.
  •  If you have any academic queries you can raise them with the Director of Studies during the designated weekly time slots.
  •  It is the responsibility of the student to arrive to class on time.
  •  You can make free use of the computers with internet connection that are located in the school library (the office computers are for the exclusive use of teachers and administrative staff). There is also free Wi-Fi access throughout the school.
  •  You can borrow books and DVDs free of charge. Ask in the office for more information.
  •  Free coffee and tea are available and you can also buy soft drinks at low prices.
  • Certificates of Attendance of Completion

    Once you have finished your course you can request one of our two types of certificate. Attendance certificates state which course and the number of hours of class you attended. The other qualification is the completion certificate which you have to pass a final exam to obtain. This diploma states the course and hours of class you attended, the qualification gained at the end of the course and the corresponding internationally-recognized language competency level (under the Common European Framework). Route 66 Idiomas will only issue certificates of attendance and course completion to those students who attend 80% of the total hours of their course.

    DELE: Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera (Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language)

    The Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera are official qualifications that accredit the holder’s level of competence and fluency in Spanish. They are issued by the Spanish Department of Education and the Instituto Cervantes (which acts in the Department’s name). The Diplomas can only be gained by passing a series of examinations.

    Currently the following examinations are available:
  • The Diploma de Español Level A1 accredits that the holder has sufficient linguistic competence to understand and use everyday expressions frequently heard anywhere in the Spanish-speaking world and which are designed to meet immediate needs.
  • The Diploma de Español Level A2 accredits that the holder can understand frequently used everyday expressions related to highly relevant areas of life (basic information about themselves and their family, shopping, places of interest, jobs, etc.).
  • The Diploma de Español Level B1 (Initial) accredits that the holder has sufficient linguistic competence to understand and react adequately in the most common day-to-day situations and to communicate their wants and needs in a basic fashion.
  • The Diploma de Español Level B2 (Intermediate) accredits that the holder has sufficient linguistic competence to cope in everyday situations and in normal communicative circumstances that do not require a specialist use of the language.
  • The Diploma de Español Level C1 accredits that the student has made successful advances in the language and has an advanced level of Spanish.
  • The Diploma de Español Level C2 (Superior) accredits that the holder has the necessary linguistic competence to cope in situations that require an advanced use of the language and a knowledge of the cultural customs that are expressed through the language.
  • The University of Salamanca collaborates with the Instituto Cervantes to write the examination papers and evaluate the tests for the Spanish diplomas.

    Examination dates 2016:
  • DELE examination dates - Instituto Cervantes

  • If you are interested in taking any of these exams or have any questions about them, please ask us about them and the preparation courses that we offer.

    The Rights of the Student
  • All students have the right to study in conditions that meet safety and hygiene standards.
  • Students have the right to respect for their freedom of conscience, religious beliefs, morals or ideology, as well as for their privacy regarding said beliefs or convictions.
  • All students have the right to respect for their physical integrity.
  • Students have the right to objective evaluation of their academic output.
  • Students can appeal against the decisions made and qualifications given at the end of the term or course as a result of the evaluation process. Said appeal must be based on the inadequacy of the proposed test in light of the objectives or content of the topic or subject under evaluation and the skill level as foreseen in the course programming, or on the incorrect application of the established evaluation criteria.
  • In accordance with the stipulations of article 8 of the Law governing the Right to Education, students can meet in the School for academic or extracurricular activities that form part of the School’s teaching objectives, in addition to those to which educational or training purposes can be attributed.
  • Duties of the Student
  • Students must not discriminate against any member of the educational community on the grounds of birth, race, gender or any other personal or social reason.
  • Students must care for and make proper use of the furniture and facilities of the School and respect the belongings of the other members of the educational community.
  • Students have the following obligations:
      1. To attend classes punctually and to take part in the activities designed to develop the study plans
      2. To work within and respect the hours approved for the development of the School’s activities
      3. To follow the guidance of the teachers regarding their learning and show them all due respect and consideration
      4. To respect the right of your fellow students to study.
  • Students must respect the educational objectives or the School’s own mission in accordance with the current legislation.
  • Advice to Continue Learning outside the School
  • Borrow books, CDs or DVDs from our library to use at home.
  • Arrange language exchange meetings (intercambios) with the School’s students who are native speakers of Spanish.
  • The website of the Instituto Cervantes offers interactive activities to help you learn Spanish. Don’t hesitate to visit the site, and you can ask your teachers if you have any queries: www.ave.cervantes.es
  • You can also do one of our online courses which are run by the Instituto Cervantes. Ask in the office for more information.
  • On the Instituto Cervantes’ website you can also find readings adapted to suit different levels and accompanied by interactive activities to test your comprehension: www.cvc.cervantes.es/aula/lecturas/default.htm
  • And if you think studying is boring, a visit to this website will change your mind. Here you will find more than a thousand games to help you learn Spanish: www.cvc.cervantes.es/aula/pasatiempos/default.htm
  • Useful Telephone Numbers
  • Route 66 Idiomas: 963 427 368
  • René: 685 841 696
  • General Emergency Assistance: 112
  • National Police: 091
  • Local Police (for non-urgent incidents): 092
  • Guardia Civil (only outside the city): 062
  • Traffic Police: 963 422 883
  • National Train Information (RENFE): 902 320 320
  • Local Train Information (RENFE Cercanías): 902 320 320
  • Bus Station: 963 466 266
  • Valencia Metro: 900 461 046
    1. Cabs:
    2. Radio Taxi: 963 703 333
    3. Tele-Taxi: 963 571 313
    Official Documents

    Students who plan to stay in Valencia for more than three months should go the Foreigners Office to request their Foreigner’s Identification Number (NIE, Número de Identificación de Extranjero).  You can pick up the necessary documents in consulates and/or embassies.Students from non-EU countries have to present the documents at the Patraix Police Station:

    Address:
    DELS GREMIS 6
    46014 VALENCIA
    Telephone: 963 593 309 / 963 707 456 / 963 707 468.


    However, if you are from an EU country, you should present the documents at:
    C/Bailén, 9
    46007 – Valencia
    Tel.: 963 417 866
    (Opening hours: Mon –Thurs, 9.00 - 14.00 and 17.00 - 19.45; Fri, 9.00 - 14.00. Summer: mornings only)

    You can find the addresses and telephone numbers for consulates and embassies on the following website: http://valencia-virtual.es/informacion/embajadas-consulados/gmx-niv131.htm

    To enter Spain, all students from non-EU countries must have a valid passport and may also require a student visa which will be issued by the Spanish Embassy in their home country. Please take a look at the “Terms and Conditions” page, where we explain this in more detail.

    Frequently Asked questions
    1. What happens if I’m unwell?

      Firstly, tell us (René or the office) so we know that you are unable to attend class (call: 963 427 368).

      Under these circumstances you will lose the class(es) you do not attend. Please remember that if you are seriously ill you should tell your insurance company as they may refund you for the classes you missed. In these situations you can speak to René to find out about the options and/or assistance that the School can offer you.

    2. Will I lose my class if I cancel with less than 48 hours’ notice?

      If it is a group class, yes. Private classes cancelled with less than 48 hours notice are also non-refundable; however, in the event of there being extraordinary extenuating circumstances, the School may decide to make a concession to this rule.

    3. What are the rules for borrowing books and DVDs?

      Please speak to the office if you want to borrow books and/or DVDs from the library. We will lend books for a 2-week period and DVDs overnight or over the weekend, but you can always ask us if you can extend the loan. You can borrow a maximum of two books and one DVD at a time.

    4. Can you help me if I have problems with my visa or arranging other official documents?

      Yes, but we do not offer any specialized services. If you have any questions or need help, please contact us (René) and we will help you find the information you need.

    Getting Around Valencia

    1. BY BIKE: Valenbisi, www.valenbisi.com

    Valenbisi is Valencia’s public bike rental system. Users can borrow one of 2,750 bicycles from the 275 stations around the city and return it to another. The service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

    The bike stations are fully automated and cyclists access the system via an information terminal. First you must buy a card or ticket to use the system (see details below). Each time you want to hire a bicycle you insert your card/ticket into the terminal and this will allow you to unlock a bike from one of the station’s bike stands. Each time you return a bike to a stand it will make a noise to let you to know you have docked the bike correctly.

    Please be aware that during peak times and University term times, you may find some stations are empty and will have to walk to the next one to find an available bike.

    Types of card, where to buy them and charges


    OPTION 1: annual, long-term card: make as many trips as you like, whenever you want, during a whole year!

    You can buy this type of card on the Valenbisi website. The website is available in English – look in the bottom left hand corner for language options. Then click on “Subscription” in the top menu and follow the instructions.

    The Valenbisi annual, long-term card is 27,12 euros and the following additional charges may apply:

    • First 30 minutes of bike use: free of charge.
    • From 30 minutes to 60 minutes: 0.52 euros for the additional 30 minutes.
    • Every additional 60 minutes: 2.06 euros for every additional 60 minutes.

    Can I avoid the additional charges?


    If you’re cycling in the city centre, yes. As the time gets close to 30 minutes, simply dock the bike in a Valenbisi station and then remove it again. The clock will be set back to 0.

    OPTION 2: Associated long term card: use your “Mobilis” card with Valenbisi all year round.

    Buy a “Mobilis” ticket for the metro and bus networks at any metro station or green street kiosk (€8.00, plus €2 for the card the first time you buy. The price includes 10 trips on EMT city buses and within zone A of the metro network). Then visit the Valenbisi website to register your card. On the homepage, select the option “Annual card” in the “Sign up for a subscription” box in the top left hand corner. On the next page choose the option “Transport annual subscription card (Mobilis)” and enter your Mobilis card number which you can find on the back of the card in the top right corner.

    The initial price and additional charges for this card are the same as those for the annual, long term card as described under “Option 1”.

    The Mobilis card does not have an expiry date and you can use it to make trips in zone A of the metro system and on EMT city buses.

    OPTION 3: weekly, short-term ticket: make as many trips as you like during 7 consecutive days.

    You can buy this type of ticket at bike stations which have a credit card terminal. You must pay by credit card and follow the instructions on the screen and payment terminal.
    The Valenbisi weekly, short-term ticket is 13.04 euros and the following additional charges may apply:
    • First 30 minutes of bike use: free of charge.
    • From 30 minutes to 60 minutes: 1.04 euros for the additional 30 minutes.
    • Every additional 60 minutes: 3.12 euros for every additional 60 minutes.
    Bike stations map
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    The dots on this map show the bike stations in Valencia. For a clearer view of the stations you would like to use, please visit the Valenbisi website: valenbisi.com (the option to view the site in English is in the bottom left-hand corner of the homepage).


    More information

    Further information is available on the Valenbisi website or through the information screens in bike station terminals.

    2. BY METRO: Metrovalencia, www.metrovalencia.com

    The Valencia metro system is divided into 4 zones and is made up of 9 lines. Zone A includes the city centre and beach. If you are planning a trip outside the city centre by metro it is important to check which zone your destination station is in because you may have to buy a ticket that allows you to travel into zones A, B, C and/or D.

    The city airport is in zone D. If you are travelling from the centre to Valencia airport or vice versa you must have an ABCD ticket or a special “airport” ticket.

    Lines 4, 6, 8 and 9 of the metro system are actually tram lines and run above ground. Metro tickets are also valid for journeys on these lines. When you start your journey at a tram stop, it is important that you “validate” your ticket by touching it against the large red circle next to the ticket machine on the platform (that looks like the image below). metro_valencia_route66

    If you do not validate your ticket before getting on the tram you may be fined up to €50 (unless you have a valid reason).

    Once you have validated your ticket you have 1 hour to complete your journey. You can also connect to a different metro line without being charged twice. For example, you take tram line 6 from the Tarongers stop at the University to Benimaclet. At Benimaclet you change to metro line 3 to go to Colón in the city centre. This all counts are 1 journey – you will not be charged a second time when you enter the metro station at Benimaclet.


    Pricing and tickets

    Tickets and top-ups can be bought in any metro station on the network. There are tickets machines (with the option to view the options in various languages) in all stations and in some stations there will also be a staffed ticket booth. Top-ups can also be bought in green street news kiosks and some newsagents. Current ticket prices are as follow:
  • Single metro journey in Zone A: €1.50.
  • Return journey in Zone A: €2.90
  • Reusable zone A “bonometro” of 10 journeys: €7.20.
  • If you are going to use the metro frequently, a bonometro ticket is the most economical option. The first time you buy one, you will be charged an additional €1 to cover the cost of the card. DO NOT THROW THE CARD AWAY when you have used the 10 journeys on it. You can top up this card with more journeys (up to 30 journeys at a time).


    Bus and metro

    If you are going to use the bus and metro in Zone A regularly, another option is the “bono transbordo” ticket. This is valid for 10 journeys on EMT city buses or on zone A of the metro network. It allows you to change from bus to metro or vice versa at any time between 3 and 50 minutes from when you first validate the ticket. A bono transbordo costs €9.00 and can be bought in the same places as other metro tickets.

    How to use your ticket

    In metro stations you put a single or return ticket into the slot in the ticket barrier. After the machine has read it, take your ticket and the gate will open. If you have a bonometro, just hold it against the red spot on the ticket gate. You will hear an audio signal and the gate will open. At this point the screen on the ticket gate will tell you how many journeys you have left on your card. You can check how many journeys you have left on your card in any of the ticket machines in metro stations.

    Timetables

    Timetabling information is available on the Metrovalencia website and train timetables are also displayed on all station platforms.

    The metro starts running at around 5.00 and stop at around midnight. However, if you’re travelling outside zone A, do check when the last metro is running as it could be before 11pm. For some events and public holidays the metro runs 24 hours.

    Maps
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    Should you need an extra copy of the metro map, you can get one from the Metrovalencia information office in Xativa metro station (the entrance in front of the main train station, next to the bull ring). You can download and/or print a copy from the website (which is also available in English) at www.metrovalencia.com. Simply go to the “Downloads” tab near the top of the homepage and select the map you want to download. There is also a map on every station platform and inside each train carriage.

    3. BY BUS: EMT city bus, www.emtvalencia.es


    Pricing and tickets
    Single tickets can be bought onboard the bus. Other tickets and top-ups can be bought in green street news kiosks, some newsagents and Opencor shops. Current ticket prices are as follow:
  • Single bus journey: €1.50.
  • Reusable “bonobus” of 10 journeys: €8.00.


  • If you are going to use the bus frequently, a bonobus ticket is the most economical option. The first time you buy one, you will be charged an additional €2 to cover the cost of the card. DO NOT THROW THE CARD AWAY when you have used the 10 journeys on it. You can top up this card with more journeys.

    Bus and metro
    If you are going to use the bus and metro in Zone A regularly, another option is the “bono transbordo” ticket. See the metro information above for more details.

    How to use your ticket
    When you board the bus, touch your bonobus to the red spot to the left of the driver. You will hear an audio signal and the screen will tell you how many journeys you have left on your card.

    Timetables and routes
    For detailed information on timetables and route maps, visit www.emtvalencia.es

    Some useful lines:
  • Bus 19 connects the Plaza del Ayuntamiento and the city’s Malvarossa beach.
  • Buses 40 and 41 connect the centre with the University campus.
  • Bus 95 goes from the city centre (from the bottom of Calle Colon) down to the City of Arts and Sciences.
  • There are 12 night bus routes operating in Valencia. The N1 connects the Plaza del Ayuntamiento and the city’s Malvarossa beach.
  • Suggested weekend activities
    Museums
    Valencia has over 40 museums. Many of them close on Mondays or Tuesdays – please check opening times before going to a museum. Here are 3 of the most popular:

    1. IVAM: Valencia Modern Art Museum
    Address: Guillem de Castro 118, 46003 Valencia
    Getting there: EMT bus 5 from Calle Colón or Turia metro station.
    Tickets: students €1; adults €2; Sundays free entry.
    Opening hours: closed Mondays. June to August: Tuesday to Sunday from 12.00 to 20.30. September to May: Tuesday to Sunday from 11.00 to 19.30
    More info: www.ivam.es

    2. City of Arts and Sciences: www.cac.es
    This is actually a complex of buildings, including a Science Museum, Aquarium and an IMAX cinema.

    a) Principe Felipe Science Museum
    This has become a world reference point for interactive science and one of the most visited destinations in Spain, with over 30.7 million visitors since its inauguration in 2000.
    Getting there: EMT bus 95 from city centre.
    Tickets: students €6.20; adults €8.00.
    Opening hours: 10.00 to 19.00 low season; 10.00 to 21.00 July to early-September.

    b) Oceanogràfic Aquarium
    At the largest aquarium in Europe, visitors can get to know at first hand the behaviour and way of life of over 45,000 individuals of 500 different species: dolphins, belugas, walruses, sea lions, seals, penguins, turtles, sharks, rays, sawfish, jellyfish, starfish…
    Getting there: EMT bus 95 from city centre
    Tickets: students €21.00, adults €27.90.
    Opening hours: 10.00 to 18.00 low season; 10.00 to 20.00 mid-season; 10.00 to 24.00 mid-July and August.

    c) Hemisfèric IMAX cinema
    The largest space of its kind in Spain contains three systems projecting onto a concave screen of 900 square metres. Shows include voyages into space or trips back in time to explore the world of the dinosaurs.
    Getting there: EMT bus 95 from city centre
    Tickets: students €6.85; adults €8.80.
    Opening hours: times vary depending on the show you wish to see. Please consult the website for more details.

    Combined tickets
    If you want to visit more than one attraction in the City of Arts and Sciences complex you can save money by buying a combined ticket. Various options are available – please consult the website for details: www.cac.es/home/tarifas

    3. Fallas Artist Guild Museum: www.gremiodeartistasfalleros.com
    Not to be confused with the Fallas Museum in the centre of Valencia, this is the museum run by the artists and artisans who make the monuments for the region’s annual fire festival. If you won’t be in Valencia in the middle of March to experience Fallas first-hand, visiting this museum is a good way to get an idea of the scale of the event.
    Getting there: EMT buses 28 and 12
    Tickets: students €2.50; adults €3.00.
    Opening hours: 10.00 to 14.00 and 16.00 to 19.00 weekdays; 10.00 to 14.00 Saturdays; closed Sundays. In August the museum will closed.
    The Turia City Park
    You will probably hear locals say that they are going to the “river” at the weekend. It is likely that they are referring to the former bed of the river Turia which is now Valencia’s largest park and public leisure area.
    In 1957 the river flooded and caused a great deal of damage to the city. The decision was then taken to divert the course of the river and turn the dried bed into a 9km long park running right through the heart of the city.

    Valencia´s beaches
    The city’s beaches are Las Arenas, La Malvarossa and El Cabanyal. They can be easily reached from the city centre by bike, metro (lines 5 or 6) or bus (e.g. route 19).

    There are many other beautiful beaches close to Valencia city. Here are just 2 options:
  • Pinedo beach is 1.5 kilometres long and is located to the south of the port, which protect it from the northern winds. EMT buses 14 and 15 connect the Plaza del Ayuntamiento and El Pinedo.
  • El Saler beach is also located to the south of the city, in the heart of La Albufera Nature Reserve. This large area of 2.6 kilometres of fine, yellow sand is sheltered from the wind by dunes and pine trees, making it one of the most popular beaches in Valencia. A Herca Bus connects several stops in the city centre (including Plaza Canovas and El Saler Shopping Centre) with El Saler beach. For more information: www.autocaresherca.com

  • Places to visit around Valencia

    Sagunto Situated 20 km to the north of Valencia city, Sagunto is a fascinating place to visit for history-lovers. A city of ancient ruins, Sagunto boasts a Roman theatre and the remains of a castle among its many sights.

    Getting there: there are regular local train services from Valencia’s North Train Station. Journey time: approx. 30 minutes. Return ticket €7.40. More info: www.renfe.es

    Xativa
    Xativa’s main attraction is its castle. A small castle existed before the Romans arrived and made significant extension, and modifications continued to be made to the complex up until the 18th century. A small tourist “train” makes the journey from the visitor centre up the steep slopes to the castle, passing through the historic part of the town on the way. The castle is open from 10.00 to 19.00 March – October and 10.00 to 18.00 November – February. It is closed on Mondays. Those who want the exercise or a challenge can walk up to the castle and enjoy stunning views of the town and the surrounding countryside. For up-to-date ticket prices, check www.xativaturismo.com

    Getting there: there are local train services from Valencia’s North Train Station. Journey time: approx. 40 minutes. Return ticket €8.70. More info: www.renfe.es
    Further tourist information

    For more information on what there is to see and do in Valencia and its surroundings, visit the official Valencia Tourist website at www.turisvalencia.es. The site is available in 12 different languages.