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Valencia is the capital of the Autonomous Community of Valencia. It is the third-largest city in Spain and is located in the east of the country. The city is known for its warm summers and mild winters, which means that all 12 months of the year are suitable for visiting this beautiful city. Once you have visited Valencia, you'll want to come back. This charming, colourful, playful, and hospitable place will simply enchant you. If you have decided to take a road trip through Spain, Valencia is one of the destinations you should not forget on your list. Here you will find pretty much everything: beautiful architecture, art, colourful facades, good food, beaches, hospitable people, and lots of fun.
As you walk or drive through the city, you will always be surrounded by oranges, palm trees, and other plants that give the city a special charm. But you can also admire the powerful architecture, which is a mixture of history and futurism. You can see mighty Gothic churches, Baroque palaces, Art Deco buildings to magnificent futuristic buildings. While you are walking around the city, be sure to treat yourself to a paella, as Valencia is considered the cradle of paella and you are sure to eat one of the best paellas in the country.
Art lovers will also get their money's worth, as Valencia offers you many high-quality museums, galleries, and art content in general. Various festivals take place in the city, which is worth a visit. But if you have the time, you should go to ZOO, because it is unique and worth a visit. In general, the city has a large number of parks and green areas, and you can easily spend the whole day in one of the parks and go to one of the parties in the evening because the choice is diverse.
So, if you visit Valencia, you will not regret it, on the contrary, you will get to know a place that you will fall in love with and to which you will return. Travelling to Valencia with family is also a great idea!
Basic info and car hire in Valencia
- Location: Eastern Spain
- Population: 801,456
- Official language: Spanish
- Currency: Euro
- Weather: Valencia has a subtropical Mediterranean climate
- Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
- Road conditions: Most roads in Valencia are in good condition.
- Car hire in Valencia: The most common pick-up point for vehicles in Valencia is Valencia airport and Valencia Joaquin Sorolla Railway Station. Please note that prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks in advance of your desired pick-up date - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in Valencia!
Driving in Valencia
To drive a car in Valencia you must be 18 years old, have a valid driver's license, and show valid proof of insurance for the vehicle you are driving. In Valencia, vehicles drive on the right-hand side of the road. The speed limit on the motorway is 120 km/h (75 mph). On normal roads the speed limit is 90 km/h (75 mph), on urban roads, it is 50 km/h (50 mph), and on all other through roads, there is a speed limit sign.
It's good to know that Spain has strict drink-driving laws, allowing only 0.5 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood - stricter than in the UK, where the limit is 0.8. Novice drivers are effectively banned from driving under the influence with a very low limit of 0.1 mg/l. Seatbelts front and rear are compulsory everywhere.
One thing: for those not used to roundabouts: There are a lot of them in Spain! And the following rules apply: The driver who is already in the roundabout has the right of way unless there is a traffic light at the roundabout that regulates the flow of traffic. Before leaving the roundabout, you should put on your right turn signal to indicate that you are leaving the roundabout.
If you are caught speeding in Valencia, the Spanish police act very quickly, and lack of Spanish is not considered an excuse. The police do not mind that you are a tourist on holiday, and fines are often issued immediately unless you can prove that you are a permanent resident in Spain. If you receive a fine, make sure the officer gives you an official receipt and if you pay immediately, the fine is usually reduced by 20%.
The Spanish law on the use of indicators on motorways is strictly enforced. You risk a fine if you fail to signal before overtaking and after overtaking if you move back into the adjacent lane. Traffic coming from the left always has the right of way. If you see a solid white line in the middle of the road, do not cross it. Continue until you either see a dotted white line or look for a sign that says "Cambio de Sentido" where you can safely and legally turn around.
- Age limits: The minimum age to drive a car in Spain is 18 years. However, most car rental companies require you to be at least 21 to rent a car and at least 25 years to avoid paying an additional young driver fee.
- International Driving Permit: Yes, if you are a non-EU license holder.
- Additional papers: Identification(passport), a valid driving license, and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to buy insurance at the car hire agency in case your policy doesn't cover you while driving in Spain)
- Additional requirements: Glasses (in case you need glasses, you must always have a spare pair in the car), light bulbs (are usually already in the car and are provided by the car rental company), warning triangle (2 are required for all vehicles registered in Spain and 1 if coming from abroad), high visibility vest (recently made compulsory)- First aid kit (not compulsory, but we strongly recommend you have it with you, just in case).
- Children in the car: If you are travelling with children under 12 or less than 135cm tall, you are required by law to have a child seat in your car. If you do not have your own, most car rental companies will provide one for a fee. However, it is advisable to request such a seat before collecting the vehicle, otherwise one may not always be available.
- Driving side of the road: Right
- Lights: Check that all lights are working, clean, and correctly aimed.
- General speed limits: The speed limit is 50 km/h in cities, 90 km/h on rural roads, and 120 km/h on the motorway.
- Parking suggestions: Parking is prohibited in Spain in all areas where the curbs are marked yellow. The parking spaces marked in blue usually have a parking meter and you must buy a parking ticket to park in these spaces. You will usually find a machine nearby where you can purchase your parking ticket. Most of these blue areas have a parking limit of 2 hours, but this is displayed on the machine.
Car Hire in Valencia
Most popular car hire at Valencia
The most selected hire car in Valencia is Ford Fiesta, with Renault Clio and Seat Ibiza also being a popular option. The most popular car types in Valencia are mini, economy, and compact.
Popular Driving Routes
Popular One-Way car hire from Valencia
Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of Valencia. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the Spain.
Valencia-Gandia (70km with approximately 1 hour of drive)
Valencia-Albacete (188km with approximately 2 hours of drive)
- Valencia-Murcia (230km with approximately 2-2,5 hours of drive)
Valencia-Madrid (360km with approximately 3,5-4 hours of drive)
What to see in Valencia
La Llotja de la Seda
La Llotja de la Seda is one of Valencia's most famous landmarks, and it has been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List for its architecture. This late Gothic building was built during Spain’s Golden Age in 1499 as a silk market which served both historical purposes but also acts to impressively represent how successful this commercial city could be at reaching peak power around 1500 AD- with over 2 million square meters worth of construction!
There is no better place to shop than the Central Market. This historic market was built in the late 19th century and still serves its original purpose today! Whether you are looking for fresh produce or just want to escape the glow of the lights, you'll find everything your heart desires in this building. Do not forget about the attraction: the beautiful architecture and great shopping everywhere - just think of the gourmet food sold right next door.
The cathedral is a unique work of architecture and history. It's been called the "gothic," ''renaissance,'' 'baroque' or even neo-classical building with different eras mixed to create its distinct look, making it stand out among other churches for being so unusual. What makes this place special though? Well if you ask me they've got one thing that takes on some pretty sacred proportions--the Holy Grail or Chalic from the Last Supper which resides deep within these cavernous walls!
Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències
The City of Science and Arts was designed by a local world-famous architect Santiago Calatrava. It is located at the end of the drained bed of the River Turia, which turned south of the city after a major flood, leaving a beautiful 10 km long park. At the end of the park is this futuristic complex consisting of five buildings. Each building has its own story and each of them will amaze you both with its appearance and with the quality content it offers.
Drive your rental car beyond Valencia
Spain is a must for all road trip fans. If you have come to Valencia and rented a car, you have made the right decision. The excellent transport links in this country and the ability to choose between beautiful, long, winding country roads and flat, fast motorways will make your road trip complete.
The surrounding area of Valencia itself offers you many inviting destinations to visit. One of them, for example, is Port Saplaya, which many also call Little Venice. Then there are the caves of Saint Jose, which are also one of the most popular attractions in the Valencia area.
If you love going up the mountain, you will surely love Sagunto Castle, which is full of impressive museum collections and powerful architecture built over 2000 years ago. It was built by the Greeks and then used by different peoples throughout history who excelled in this area. Today, in addition to the collections already mentioned, it offers beautiful views of the countryside around Valencia. However, at the foot of the hill on which Sagunto Castle stands is the ancient city of Sagunto, which is also worth a visit.
Another perfect place to visit when passing through this beautiful country is Hot Springs Montanejos. These are springs with crystal clear water with a temperature of about 25 degrees Celsius. These springs are surrounded by beautiful rocks, which gives this natural bath a special charm and it is no wonder that it was used by the Moors more than 1000 years ago.
However, if you are looking for the perfect beaches, you should go to the town of Jávea, which is located in the province of Alicante and is considered the town with the most beautiful beaches. The beaches here are truly beautiful and even if you happen to be passing by, stop, park your car and take a short break on one of these beaches. You will not regret it.
Enjoy the culture in Valencia
Where to eat, drink, and party in Valencia
Spain is the right destination if you are a culinary lover. Valencia, like many other Spanish cities, has some culinary specialities of its own. One of the most interesting things is that the first recipe for paella originated in Valencia. Valencia also has its paella that includes chicken, snails, and rabbit meat in addition to seafood. The popular Spanish drink Orxata, whose main ingredient is almonds and which is a real hit in Spain during summer, also originates from Valencia. As for food, Valencia is also known for its prosciutto and Iberian ham. In addition to sampling deli meats, you will also be offered wine, which is also produced in Valencia and the surrounding area.
Like everywhere else in Spain, you will be treated to delicious tapas in Valencia, which you can enjoy at every turn and are truly delicious.
As far as nightlife is concerned, Valencia is one of the best places in Spain. The city offers plenty of entertainment all year round, with various clubs and discos offering a wide range of music until late at night. With the rhythms of live music and a sip of sangria, you can also enjoy yourself on the beaches, where many visitors come in the evening looking for fun and relaxation.
Best restaurants in Valencia
Grillo Grill Bar
Restaurante Nou Chocomeli
The Orange Club
Eggcellent Brunch Cafe
Restaurante Gordon 10
What you need to know about renting a car
How do you make a booking with Orbit Car Hire?
You can easily book your vehicle with Orbit Car Hire. First, you must choose the date and location of your rental in our booking form. In the next step, you can pick the vehicle you want from the list. After filling out the personal information form, there is a step where you choose the payment method and fill in your credit card information. Finally, you can print out your voucher needed at pick-up time.
What are the charges for security deposits?
Every car rental has a security deposit policy. You will find the information about the security deposit while booking the vehicle or on your voucher.
What if I would like to change my booking?
How do I cancel my booking?
You can cancel your booking free of charge at least forty-eight hours before your rental is due to start. For further information, please read the Conditions of Use. Our customer service team will address your requests in due time:
- Phone:+44 20 8089 0089
- Email: email@example.com
When do I pay for the rental car?
You pay a small deposit when making the booking as a guarantee. The remaining balance is paid when you pick up your rental vehicle. Please keep in mind that the payment at the counter is paid in local currency.
What is included in the price?
Most of the reservations made by Orbit Car Hire include unlimited mileage, local tax, mandatory fees, and collision damage waiver. In steps 1 and 2 in the booking process or on your voucher, you can see all the details about your booking inclusions.
Are there any hidden fees?
There are no hidden charges! All mandatory surcharges and fees are presented in the 3rd step of the booking process and our Terms and Conditions. Please note that additional charges may apply for some rentals in the case of:
- Out-of-hours surcharge (when picking up the vehicle outside of office hours),
- One-way fee (when returning the vehicle at a different location),
- The service charge for fuel (prepaid fuel policy),
- Young/senior driver fee (the car hire company sets this condition and is usually not about the regulation of the specific country),
- Excess and deposit amount (before hiring, you need to ensure your credit card limit is high enough for the deposit amount to be blocked, which usually equals the excess amount or higher).
We advise our clients to read the Terms and Conditions carefully before the rental to avoid surprises. Our knowledgeable customer service agents will gladly help you with any questions via phone, email, or live chat during our opening hours.
What is a voucher, and why do I need it?
A voucher is a document that confirms your booking, the price, and the payment of your booking. Having your voucher with you at the time of pick-up is mandatory. If you do not have the voucher at the pickup, the vehicle provider may refuse to release the vehicle to you or change the rental price.
What is an airport or premium location fee?
A Premium location/airport fee is a fee that covers the location service costs. This fee is usually included in the price but may still occur at some locations and is charged locally.
What is Premium Coverage, and how does it work?
Premium Coverage is an optional service by Orbit Car Hire that, if accepted, covers your financial accountability for damage or theft to the hired vehicle. This is not insured with a car hire company that reduces the excess amount, but a cover refunds you if the car hire company charges you for damage or theft. With this option, you will be reimbursed up to 3000 EUR. You can read the Terms and Conditions or contact us for more information.
How do I find cheap car hire online?
Prices vary frequently. Booking a car 3 to 8 weeks before your desired pick-up date is best - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire.
How many countries do you compare to?
We at Orbit Car Hire compare car hire prices in over 140 countries, including popular destinations within Europe such as Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Iceland, Croatia, Malta, France, Slovenia, and Germany.
What currency should I use to pay for the car?
You can pay the confirmation fee on Orbit's page in EUR, GBP, ISK and USD. When you pick up your car hire, you will pay the remaining balance in the currency of the pickup country.
Can I rent a car from inside the terminal?
You can hire a car from inside the terminal. When you compare our offers, you can filter "In Terminal" to see all the offers we have that are inside the terminal.
What is the cheapest car to rent?
The cheapest car to rent is the Fiat 500, Volkswagen Up and Fiat Panda.
Can I add a driver to my booking?
You can always add a driver to your booking when finding your car hire deal on Orbit Car Hire. If you have already made a booking, you can contact us to add the additional driver. You can also add a driver to your booking when you pick up the vehicle.
What payment methods are accepted?
You can pay with a debit and credit card when booking with Orbit Car Hire. We accept Mastercard and Visa.
Can I drop off my car at a different location?
Yes, you can. When you look for car hire deals on our webpage, you can press "Yes" to "Different drop-off location" and see all the best deals for one-way car hire.
How can I add a flight number to my booking?
You can add a flight number on our webpage when booking. If you already have a booking, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and our customer service will add your flight number to the booking.
Do I have to pay for toll roads?
If you drive where toll roads are required, you are responsible for paying for the toll roads on which you drive the rental vehicle.
What does deductible mean?
If a rental car is damaged or even stolen while on rent, there will be a limit to how much the renter has to pay to repair or fix it. Excess (also known as deductible) is a name for the amount that has to be paid. This excess is different between countries and car rental companies in each country. Depending on the car rental company, this can include fire, vandalism, theft, or loss of use while the car is being repaired. You can read more about deductibles right here.
What is a Collision Damage Waiver?
Collision Damage Waiver, or CDW, is a basic car rental insurance offered to renters by a car company. CDW limits your financial liability in case of damages to the body of the hired vehicle with an excess. The driver is responsible for paying for the excess, but the car rental company waives the rest of the cost. This excess can be different between rent a car company.
What is Theft Protection?
Theft Protection is a car rental insurance that car rental companies offer. It protects the renter up to a certain amount from the risk of stealing the rental car or somebody trying to steal it. An excess, also known as a deductible, comes with each Theft Protection. This excess is the limit to what the renter would have to pay if the car is stolen or if somebody tries to steal it.
Which brands can I compare with Orbit?
With Orbit Car Hire, you can compare car hire with all the major car rentals like Europcar, Enterprise, Alamo, Sixt and Budget. You can also compare over 100 local companies from all over the world.
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