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Language


Few Spaniards speak another European language. However, you will normally find somebody who can speak English or French in airports, large hotels, etc.
Valencia has two official languages - Spanish and Valencian.


Climate

Valencia has a very mild Mediterranean weather, clear throughout most of the year. Detailed online Valencia weather forecasts are available at the following links:


Shopping hours


Shops are generally open from 10.00 to 14.00 and from 17.00 to 20.00 hours, Mondays through Saturdays. Department stores and malls usually open from 10.00 to 21.00 and do not close for lunch.


Banks


Banks open from Monday to Friday from 8.30 or 9.00 to 14.00 or 14.30 and some banks open certain afternoons in the week. Almost every bank has a 24-hours cash machine.


Public transportation


An extensive public transportation network covers the whole of Valencia, including four metro lines and public buses which travel to any part of the city. As well as single tickets, which can be bought at metro stations and on the buses, there are 3 and 5 day travel passes.


Restaurants


Spanish eating habits are characterised by late hours. We normally have lunch around 14:00 and dinner around 22:00. Most restaurants open from 14:00 to 16:00 for lunch and from 21:00 to 23:00 for dinner. However, some tourist and informal places have longer opening hours.
In many of the restaurants you will be able to taste our traditional paella, an ancient dish – from XV-XVI centuries - made with rice and a variety of potential ingredients.


Electricity supply


Electricity is supplied at 220 V - 50 Hz AC with European norm plugs
 

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