Stuck on a Valencia layover at the Valencia Manises airport (VLC) in Spain? The Valencia airport is the eighth busiest in Spain, and one of the biggest in the Alicante region. Located 5 miles outside Valencia, makes the city an accessible destination for those stuck on a layover. If you’re trying to figure out if you can leave the airport during your Valencia layover, click here for useful tips.
If you’re stuck inside the airport during your Valencia layover, you’ll find that there’s plenty to do to keep you occupied. The airport has a few restaurants on first floor boarding area including Burger King, La Pausa, and Mahou Sports Bar. There are also bars and cafeterias that you can locate here. There’s a duty free shopping center within the airport in the departures boarding area open from 5:30 a.m. to 9:15 p.m. where you can find drinks, cigarettes, perfume and cosmetics, among other items.
The airport has a VIP Lounge open from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on the first floor boarding zone. The lounge has computers, free wi-fi, catering and customer services and is open to passengers with business class tickets and club cards. Entrance can be purchased for 26 € for adults and 12.50 € for children.
For those arriving at night or are looking for a place to rest, there are many hotels near the airport. For a full list of Valencia hotels at varying price points, click here and for hotels specifically near the airport, click here.
If you’re planning on leaving the airport during a long layover to explore Valencia, there are taxis available at the airport. Two Underground lines connect the airport with the port and the city center. There is also a bus line (Line 150) which takes roughly 45 minutes to travel to Valencia, and stops along the way in the towns of Mislata, Quart de Poblet, and Manises.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Valencia Layover:
Palacio del Marques de Dos Aguas
The Palacio del Marques de Dos Aguas is a beautiful 18th-century palace, that has recently been renovated. The palace is the home to large collections of artwork and ceramics. It is open from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Address: Calle del Poeta Querol, 2, 46002 Valencia, Spain
Antiguo Cauce del Rio Turia
Once an old riverbed, the Antiguo Cauce del Rio Turia is now a sunked park with ponds, walking paths, fountains, cafes, gardens and more. The park, known as the Garden of Turia, is here and with bridges, connects to much of the city for pedestrians and cyclists.
The Garden of Turia (or Jardi del Turia) Address: Avenida Manuel de Falla, s/n, 46018 Valencia, Spain
Bioparc Valencia is Valencia’s largest zoo. With 10-hectare grounds, it is based on the concept of zoo-immersion where visitors are completely surrounded by wild habitats. Some of these habitats include the African savannah, Madagascar and African wetlands, and animals highlights include Great apes, African lions, and much more.
Address: Av Pio Baroja, 3, 46015 Valencia, Spain
If you’re in Valencia during March 15-19, be sure to check out the Festival of Fallas de Valencia. And at the end of August, in the nearby town of Bunol is the La Tomatina Festival which cannot be missed!
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