A wise man (Ralph Waldo Emerson) once said, “Life is a journey, not a destination,” and for our upcoming series of posts, we are really taking this quote to heart. With East Midlands Airport fast becoming one of the most cutting-edge airports in Britain thanks to some fantastic new shops and restaurants, now you’ve got the perfect excuse to get your holiday started well before you even arrive in Valencia. So turn off your phone, ignore your emails and get ready for the journey of a lifetime, as East Midlands Airport offers direct flights with Ryanair, whilst Air France, Air Europa and Lufthansa offer a selection of flights via a variety of destinations.
The East Midlands is a unique transport hub as it has its very own museum, providing a great way to start your holiday sightseeing before even boarding your outward flight. Housed in the East Midlands Aeropa park in the airport’s northwest corner, this is a fun place for kids and adults alike with dedicated spots to watch the planes take off and land, as well as a variety of static aircraft on permanent display. The terminal’s Aviation Gift and Hobby Centre sells all things aeronautical and is a great complementary experience to an Aeropark visit.
In order to take advantage of the airport’s many restaurants and shops, be sure to visit their official website beforehand where you can find many discount coupons. You can also pre-book your parking in advance and make some great savings. The airport also has 60 minutes’ complimentary Wi-Fi for all passengers in the terminal, meaning you can browse the web to your heart’s content whilst waiting for your flight. If you’re feeling peckish, the brand new food court includes locally produced drinks, burgers to satisfy your junk food cravings (no one can make you feel guilty, you’re already on holiday) and a java fix with some tasty snacks to go with it.
Rest and relax
The airport has benefited from many recent developments and the brand new Escape Lounge opened just last month. If you book online in advance you can get some great discounts, meaning there will be free food, drink, Wi-Fi, newspapers and magazines awaiting you on arrival at the airport. If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to the Escape Lounge (or you want to save your euros for Valencia), then head to the Massage Chair Company for a bit of deep tissue relaxation and a cut-price yet highly indulgent holiday experience.
Valencia Airport is situated just eight kilometres from the city centre, making post-flight transfers a breeze. Valencia has a great transport system that traverses the city, with a regular bus service that goes directly to the city centre. You can also take the metro to the port (line 5) or take lines 3 or 5 directly to the Joaquin Sorolla Railway Station, Nord Railway Station and city centre. Taxi services in and around the city are also extremely well priced, with a single trip from the airport to the centre costing around 14 euros, with a 3.50-euro supplement.
Main photography (courtesy of Dineshraj Goomany); M12.18 (courtesy of Andrew Thomas), Cheeseburger (courtesy of VelkrO); Valencia Metro (courtesy of Yasuhiro Chantani)