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.
While Valencia itself offers a world of delights, we believe that your holiday should begin from the moment you get to the airport. Turn off your phone, ignore your emails and get ready for the journey of a lifetime, and with Gatwick Airport offering up to four flights a day by EasyJet or Air Europa, what could be simpler.
Valencia is world renowned for its delectable, fresh seafood, while cava (sparkling wine) is the national drink of Spain. A trip to the Caviar House & Prunier in the airport’s South Terminal will get your tastebuds prepared for the trip to sunny Spain with their offerings of “the finest caviar and smoked salmon in the world.” They also offer large seafood platters, perfect for the whole family to share, and have an extensive, award-winning wine list to get you in the mood for sampling all of those Spanish vinos. You can even ask for your food to take away and then nibble on the fresh fish as you fly to sunnier climes.
Learn about the fish
After you’ve eaten your fill, head over to WHSmith where you can buy the kids some ocean-themed picture books in preparation for a visit to Valencia’s fabulous Oceanografic and to keep them entertained on the journey. Fish: A Question and Answer Book is a great choice. Direct flights from London Gatwick to Valencia are only around two and a half hours, leaving the perfect amount of time for kids to flick through their books and get to know all of the different species of colourful marine life that they will spot in the aquarium.
Brush up on your Spanish
For adults, this is the ideal time to buy a Valencia guidebook, so you can use the journey to really get to know the city and choose which sights you want to pack into your holiday. You can also buy a Spanish phrasebook to learn some key phrases to make your trip that much easier.
The huge Duty Free area at Gatwick is also a great place to stock up on a bottle or two of cava. When you get to Valencia, head to one of the fruit shops to buy the famous Valencia oranges, which you can mix with your cava to make your very own Valencia-themed Bucks Fizz and get a real taste for the city.
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 3.5 euro supplement.