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Valencia and its coast by car
Explore Valencia and its coast by car. Thanks to its architectural heritage, historic monuments, cultural diversity, views, beaches and nightlife, the splendid city of Valencia is one of Spain’s most popular tourist attractions. You can chill on the beach or in the harbour quarter and savour local cooking in the typical Paella tavernas. You can pick up a hire car at Valencia Airport or in the city centre. It is a good idea to book a car in advance through TUI Cars, especially since TUI Cars includes an integrated fully comprehensive insurance and excess waiver insurance in the price. In a hire car you can not only drive around the city as the whim takes you, you can also explore the region around Valencia with great flexibility. For instance, you can head to the three fabled beaches of Playa de las Arenas, Playa de Malvarrosa and Playa la Patacona or drive into the olive-clad mountains of Sierra Calderona. And be sure not to miss out on visiting Oceanogràfic Valencia, the fascinating oceanarium in the east of the city.
The Cathedral of Valencia and the Silk Exchange
The heart of Valencia is characterised by the marvellous cathedral. Built on the foundation walls of a Moorish mosque around 1262, the cathedral is a beautiful example of the Islamic-inspired Mudéjar style. Every Thursday in front of the Apostles' gate you can watch the proceedings of the oldest water court in Europe: eight judges dressed in black meet at noon to discuss disputes about water between farmers from the surrounding countryside. Afterwards you can visit the Lonja de la Seda aka Silk Exchange, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In a hire car it only takes six minutes to drive from the cathedral to the Silk Exchange. Leave the car in front of the building and get up close to admire the elaborate Gothic stonemasonry and then take a walk around the orangerie in the courtyard. Visitors can also visit the City of Arts and Sciences on the former river bed of the Turias. The complex includes Europe's largest aquarium, an opera house, a concert hall and a science museum.
Notes on driving a car hire to Valencia
To hire a car and explore Valencia and the surrounding area you must be at least 21 years old. This is the legal minimum age for hiring a car. Many car rental firms also require 1-2 years of driving experience. The speed limit is 50 km/h in built-up areas, and 90 km/h on country roads. On trunk roads and motorways the maximum speeds are between 100 and 120 km/h. The alcohol limit is 0.5 mg/ml, and 0.3 mg/ml for drivers who have held their licence less than 2 years. It is mandatory to carry a high visibility reflective waistcoat, which you must wear in the event of an accident or breakdown. Tourists face high fines if they violate this regulation. If an accident occurs, you must call the police, the breakdown assistance and the car rental firm where you picked up the car.