Valencia has two official languages:
Valencian - the language of the Region of Valencia
Castilian - official language of Spain
Meals take place later than in the rest of Europe.
Breakfast – continental served between 07:30 and 10:00 am
Lunch - restaurants served between 14:00 pm and 15:30 pm
Dinner - served, from 21:00 pm to 22:30 pm.
Shops are open from 10:00 am to 13:30 – 14:00 pm in the morning and from 16:30-17:00 pm to 18:00-19:00 pm.
Shopping Malls are open from 10:00 am to 21:00 pm.
Most shops in shopping malls are open on Saturday morning, but closed on Sundays and Bank holidays.
Valencia has one of the mildest climates in Europe. It is characterized by a typical Mediterranean climate, with an annual average temperature over 17 ºC. Summers are warm and winters are moderate. During the winter months the temperature is never below 10 ºC. Rainfalls are also moderate, with the Mediterranean classical summer minimal and two maximums, one in autumn and another at the end of winter, start of spring.
Tips are already included in prices and bills, so they are not compulsory. Nevertheless, you can leave a tip if you are happy with the service (especially in bars and restaurants).
Most banks open from Monday to Friday from 08:30 am to 14:00-14:30. Only a few branches open on a Saturday morning. In the city you will be able to find many cash points, open 24 hours, many of which offer an international service (Servired, 4B, etc.).
Most hotels, restaurants and shops in Valencia accept the usual credit cards, like American Express, VISA, MasterCard, 4B, Access and Diners Club.
In Valencia the standard voltage is 220-240V CA, 50 Hz. Appliances from the United States will require a transformer and an adaptor. Plugs have two round pins and you will find an adaptor in any hardware store.