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A mesmerising blend of centuries-old traditions and futuristic tendencies, Valencia is one of Spain's most precious destinations. With the magnificent modern architecture of the City of Arts and Sciences, vibrant Old Town, hip party neighbourhood of Russafa, and miles of sandy beaches, Valencia knows how to have a great time and is ready to take anyone along for the ride.
Valencia Airport sits at a comfortable 10-kilometre distance from the city centre and is accessible by the A3 highway. Although the town is Spain's largest, tourist-wise it is not yet as popular as Barcelona or Balearic islands. And that's surely an advantage, the city feels very local and very authentic. With only one terminal the navigation around the airport is very easy and straightforward.
There are 7 car hire companies inside the terminal building that include the major suppliers like Avis, Hertz, Sixt, Europcar and Enterprise. You can be sure to find the right vehicle as the fleet is diverse and lots of options available. There are also agencies off-airport, the majority of companies offer free shuttle services from the airport to their car parks.
The local companies off-airport as well as the ones in the centre of Valencia should definitely make your list. You can find cheaper options there and save on certain aspects of hire (like fuel, insurance, etc.). Prepare your trip beforehand and use the comparison on holidaycars.com to make everything smooth and in line with your Valencia budget.
As living standards in Valencia are very high, and it's very committed to providing the best urban experience to locals and visitors, driving feels good here. The roads are in spotless condition, there's space, and also lots of newer neighbourhoods like Camins al Grau that make car exploration hassle-free. Compared to Barcelona and Madrid, Valencia is calmer and also much more car-oriented (in the most sustainable way possible).
As in many other Spanish cities, the older the part of the city, the harder it is to get around by car. In the case of Valencia's Ciutat Vella (Old Town), the conditions for cars are also hardened by closed streets and an abundance of road signs. So don't get too deep into that area and if you have to, calculate your journey beforehand to avoid confusion.
The majority of car hire agencies in Valencia Airport can be found in the baggage reclaim area on Floor 0. That makes it easy to hire a vehicle straight away. If you'd like to check out at the airport, choosing one of those would be the best option. While comparing car hires on holidaycars.com you'll find the agencies that offer Meet & Greet service to the offices and parking near the airport. Record Go and ClickRent have this service and are generally regarded as the cheapest choice.
Also, another island of car hire companies is at Valencia Joaquín Sorolla railway station. If you plan to hire there, the station can be reached by the metro from the airport. According to online ratings, Centauro is one of the best-reviewed companies in Valencia so make sure to check out their proposition.
With many modern neighbourhoods and wide roads, Valencia is a great city to explore by car. There are two must-do drives here. The first route is along the Turia Gardens, a sprawling urban park that is in fact a former riverbed turned into a fantastic park. Start at the architectural masterpiece City of Arts and Sciences and proceed up to the Bioparc Valencia, the city's amazing cageless zoo.
The second journey without going far away would be a relaxing drive to the Albufera Natural Park through the wild Mediterranean beaches of Valencia's south. It is a heaven for nature lovers and one of the largest natural parks in the country.
For a sea-heavy trip a bit further, head to the legendary Costa Blanca, a stunning stretch of resort towns featuring long sandy beaches and high-rises. Go to package holiday paradise Benidorm, stop at colourful Villajoyosa and end up in a vibrant port city of Alicante with a Moorish castle and magnificent nightlife.
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