A wise man (Ralph Waldo Emerson) once said, “Life is a journey, not a destination,” and for our current series of posts, we are really taking this quote to heart. We firmly believe that holidays begin as soon as you lock your front door behind you and bid farewell to the homestead. While Valencia is obviously a fantastic holiday destination, we have some other ideas about how you can get the fun times started before you’ve even left Bristol. So turn off your phone, ignore your emails and get ready for the journey of a lifetime, as Bristol Airport offers a selection of flights via a variety of destinations with BMI and Lufthansa.
Chances are you’ll already be excited about Valencia’s warm weather, but Bristol Airport offers the chance to get some early sunbathing in. While the weather may not be quite as warm as Spain, there is still a relaxing way to get into the holiday mood by visiting its very stylish bar that has its very own rooftop terrace so you can escape the stuffiness of the airport and relax in the fresh air. The bar also has a wide selection of top quality wines, so you can get your tastebuds ready for the vinos you’ll be sampling on your holiday. If there’s a group travelling, why not go all out and order a jug of Sangria? As one of Spain’s most popular drinks, this is sure to put a Mediterranean spring in your step.
With a range of shops throughout the airport, Bristol also has everything you might need for some last-minute holiday essentials. Purchase some noise-cancelling headphones to guarantee a peaceful flight or head over to World Duty Free and buy some snacks to keep the kids amused on the journey and keep hunger-filled tantrums at bay. If you can, pick up some nuts and use the opportunity to teach the kids about Valencia’s famous drink, horchata. Made from milk and tiger nuts, it’s a must-try for any visitor to the city and has a unique, unforgettable taste.
I do like to be beside the seaside
With Valencia’s beaches among its main attractions, you can use the time before your flight to stock up on everything that will make a day trip to the seaside that much easier. Accessorize is the best stop for sun hats, sunglasses and oversized beach bags to fit all your bits and bobs, and you can pick up some colourful accessories for the kids.
Valencia Airport is situated just a few miles from the city centre, making post-flight transfers a breeze. Valencia’s reliable, efficient transport system covers every corner of the city, offering a range of options that will get you into town in no time. There are regular buses directly to the city centre, or take the metro to the port (line 5), or lines 3 or 5 directly to the Joaquin Sorolla Railway Station, Nord Railway Station and city centre. Taxi services from the airport to the city centre are extremely well priced, with a single trip costing around 14 euros (plus a 3.5 euro supplement). Main photograph (courtesy of Jordi Cucurull); Sangria (courtesy of Divya Thakur); Horchata (courtesy of Nurla); Valencia Metro (courtesy of Yasuhiro Chantani)