Spain is different… Find out the differences!

Here you will find a lot of useful information about our country, and mainly about Valencia. Don’t forget to read it before coming here!!!!

LANGUAGE
 
There are two official languages in Valencia: Valenciano which is used in the Valencian Autonomous Community, and Spanish, the official language of Spain. Although many people speak Valenciano in Valencia, everyone also speaks Spanish so as long as you’ve got your trusty Spanish, there shouldn’t be any language difficulties!

 


 

SPANISH TIMINGS
 In Spain people generally eat later than in other European countries: breakfast is usually 7:30 – 10:30, lunch 13:00 – 15:00 and dinner 20:30 – 22:30. These later timings also affect the nightlife meaning music bars are open until 3:30 and some clubs at the weekend don’t close until 7am

 

 

 

SHOPS
The general opening hours for shops in 10:30 – 13:30 and then 16:30 – 20:00. Big stores however are open all day from 10:00 – 21:00 and big malls such as El Corte Ingles don’t close until 22:00. Also, remember that most shops are closed on Sundays.

 

 

 

 

WORKING HOURS
 
A basic working day usually starts between 8:00 and 9:00 and ends between 17:00 and 18:00. Many businesses (see above) will close during the afternoon and government offices generally close at 15:00.

 

 

 

POSTAL SERVICES
The Central Post and Telegraph Office (Plaza del Ayuntamiento, 24) is open on weekdays from 8:30 to 20:30 and between 9:30 and 14:00 on Saturdays. Telephone: +34 96 351 67 50. You can also buy stamps in tobacconists.

 

 

 

 


ELECTRICITY
Standard electrical voltage in Valencia is 220-240 V AC, 50 Hz. Spain uses the 2 pin standard European plug so if you are coming from the United States or the United Kingdom, you will need to bring an adapter with you. Adapters are available in most hardware stores.
 

 

 

CREDIT CARDS
Most hotels, restaurants and shops in Valencia accept the main credit cards such as Visa, Mastercard, 4B, American Express and Diners Club.

 

 

 

 

BANKS
Most banks are open from Monday to Friday between 8:30 and 14:30 and only a few banks open on Saturday mornings. However, ATMs are located around the city and the majority offer international services.

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