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.
When you arrive at Manchester Airport, the third biggest airport in the UK, you may not quite feel as if you are already on holiday. But why wait until you get to Valencia to get the party started? With our advice and tips, you can be sure to enjoy every minute of your free time from the moment you leave home. So turn off your phone, ignore your emails and get ready for the journey of a lifetime, as Manchester Airport offers direct flights with Ryanair weekly, whilst British Airways, Swiss Air, Air France and Iberia offer a selection of flights throughout the week via a variety of destinations.
Car park savvy
If you’re driving to the airport, you can save your pennies by pre-booking a parking space. With up to 70% discount on pre-bookings versus on the spot, that’s a lot of cash left over to spend on your holiday – perhaps on souvenirs at the City of Arts and Sciences or on some delicious paella in a restaurant down by the port.
Some good grub
Talking of food, people go out for dinner late in Valencia – restaurants usually open around 9pm – so it’s best to fill up with a hearty meal at the airport to keep yourself going all the way to your final destination. Flights to Valencia leave from the airport’s Terminal 3 where there are a variety of restaurants and cafes. Seeing as you will be feasting on tapas and Valencia’s famous rice-based dishes once you arrive. Their range of Italian options, including lots of pasta and pizza, offer something a bit different and if you’re running late, they have a ’15 minutes pronto menu’ created especially for travellers in a hurry.
In with a shot
If you’re in need of a pick-me-up, the terminal is home to two of the most popular high street coffee chains for a quick caffeine fix and you can even turn this into a bit of holiday prep, too, as the region of Valencia is well-known for its coffee. Fair to say they do make it more potent; their famous carajillo combines coffee with brandy, rum or another alcohol beverage. It’s worth asking for your coffee with a shot of alcohol on the flight – you can even say it in Spanish (prononunce it ca-ra-hi-yo) and see if you can make fellow passengers believe you’re a native Valencian.
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.
Main picture (courtesy of Ron Kroetz); Spaghetti Carbonara (courtesy of Jeffrey W); Coffee (courtesy of Divya Thakur); Valencia Metro (courtesy of Yasuhiro Chantani)