Erasmus Guide

INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE CENTER:

Editorial

We stop and think for a minute about a year that we have spent abroad. All of us can look back and remember good times, strong feelings and good friends that we made who we are still in contact with. It was possibly the most memorable time of our lives.

This booklet aims to make your life in Valencia in a little easier. Together with the help from thousands of students who have passed through Valencia and with our experience of the problems that previous Erasmus students have faced, we are aware of what you are going to be confronted with during this, your new challenge. Discovering how to get around town, starting at a new university etc…

Here you will be able to find out various services; finding a quaint, local restaurant, buying a bike at a good price, knowing what Valencia’s night life has to offer, useful addresses and of course the academic and leisure facilities available at University.

Finally, we would like to congratulate you for choosing Valencia as the place to undertake your studies during these coming months. We strongly believe that 2007 will be a fantastic year for Valencia, therefore we encourage you to make the most of all that the city has to offer.

A warm welcome to Valencia from the Erasmus Association

You are about to spend a period of time studying in Valencia, an unforgettable experience, during which you will be able to rely on our help and support with all of your needs.

The Erasmus Association is made up of students like you who were involved a University exchange in other european countries. We know, first hand about the problems that arise while living in a foreign city. Our main objective is to make you feel at home.

Throughout the year we organise several activities for example; guided tours of the city, trips to other main Spanish towns, sporting activities and we also try to arrange cultural evenings with spanish and erasmus students who take part in cultural activities typical of the region (local cuisine, bull fights, festivals).

We recommend that you visit our web site www.erasmusvalencia.com
Here you can find useful and up to date information on finding accomodation, festival and holiday dates and Erasmus events.
You can also register here free to become a member and apply for your Erasmus student card. You will also be able to recieve by e mail, SMS or by post, information about all organised activites.

With your Erasmus student card you can benefit from discounts, free entry into nightclubs and many more offers. Details of these can be found in this booklet and on the website.

One again we welcome you to Valencia.
Valencia is waiting for you!!

Arrival

By Air
The Manises airport (Aeropuerto de Manises)
tel: +34 961 598 500 www.aena.es

Situated in Manises 8 km from the city centre.
Getting to the city centre: Taxi (14€), bus (2,50€) from 06:00 to 22:00 every 20 minutes.
A new metro line, no. 5 will open soon.
You can consult all airlines that fly to and from Valencia by accessing our website. www.erasmusvalencia.com

By Boat
Autoridad Portuaria de Valencia
Tel: +34 963 939 500 –www.valenciaport.com
Muelle de la Aduana s/n – 46024 Valencia

Situated at the end of Avenida de Puerta, the Port is 15 minutes by taxi from the city center.

By Train 
Estación de Norte situated in the city center
Tel: +34 902 240 202 – www.renfe.es
C/ Játiva, 24 – 46007 Valencia
City Transportation

Coach –Estación de Autobuses
Tel: +34 963 466 266
Menédez Pidal, 13 – 46009 Valencia

Connections with all the main cities in spain and other European Capitals.

By Car 
Road Systems
You can get to Valencia by the motorway AP 7 from Barcelona and the meditteranean coast (you will have to pass through a toll booth). From Madrid, take motorway A3 (no toll booth).

Autobuses – EMT (Empresa Municipal de Transportes)
Tel. +34 963 158 515 – www.emtvalencia.com

There is a good bus service which can get you to all parts of the city. A single ticket costs 1.20€, or alternatively, and at better value, you can purchase a travel card worth 10 journeys. Tickets are available in kiosks and tabacconists (Estancos)

By Underground Metro
There are five metro lines, which visit the main areas of the city. A single ticket costs 1.20€, and a card worth 10 journeys is 5.60€. The tranvia (tram), which is the blue metro line, leads to the beach. A combined travel card will allow you to use all means of public transportation.

By Taxi
Radio Taxi +34 963 703 333
Tele Taxi +34 963 571 313
Onda Taxi +34 963 475 252
Taxi Valencia +34 607 181181

Taxi fares usually cost around 6€ when travelling within the city limits.

By Bike
We reccommend a bicycle for everyday use.
Telecommunications

Telephone

You can phone home at a very reasonable rate in internet/telephone centres (locutorios). Prepaid international phone cards can be purchased and used on all telephones. Obtaining your own spanish mobile number is both simple and cheap. There are various servers: Vodafone, Orange, Movistar, YoiGo and Happy Móvil. You can buy a prepaid sim card or one on a contract to use in your existing mobile if it is compatable. For information on tarifs and rates visit www.phonehouse.es/document/tarifas.pdf.

Internet

Most university campuses have wifi internet and computer rooms, which students can use free of charge. Futhermore, there are numerous internet cafes (locutorios) which usually charge between 50 cents to 1€ per hour.

There is a large range of companies who can install internet at home, with various rates. Be sure to check the contract details, particularly regarding the minimum time duration of the contract.

Some of these companies include: ADSL or 3G, Telefónica, Ono, Jazztel, Tele2, TalkTalk Orange and Vodofone. Again, more information can be found on www.phonehouse.es/documen/tarifas.pdf.

Nevertheless, we are open to recieve students in the Erasmusvalencia.com office located in Plaza Honduras nº33 bajo, Valencia. You can come whenever you would like during office hours and utilise our wifi internet, completely free of charge.

Radio

In Spain there are many radio stations, here in this booklet we highlight the most popular: Radio National 97.4 FM (commercial radio), Cadena Ser 100.4 FM, La Cope 93.4 FM, and Ondacero 101.2 FM, all which are primary news stations with political debates and sport features.

Canal 9 102.2 FM is Valencia´s regional radio station. 
Radio Marca 90.9 FM is exclusively dedicated to sports. 
40 Principales 96.4 FM and Kiss FM 96.9 FM, are music stations.
UPV Radio 102.5 FM is the University radio station.
Newspapers

The majority of newspapers cost no more than 1€. Spain´s most popular daily newspapers are:

El Mundo and El Pais include national and international news along with articles on current affairs and sport.

Marca and Superdeporte are sporting newspapers, and the latter reports specifically on Valencian teams (Valencia CF, LEVANTE UD )
Television

Spain currently has 6 free broadcasting television channels. 
TVE1 and TVE2 (Commercial Television), Antena 3, Cuatro, Telecinco, La Sexta.
Valencia also broadcasts its own channels Canal 9 and Punt 2.
Program listings for all channels are displayed on their respective websites, or at www.teletexto.com. 
Cable/satallite television is avaibable at extra cost, where you can receive international television networks. Many internet companies supply more television channels for the same price.
Language

Valencia has two official languages, Valenciano, the regional dialect, and Castillian Spanish, Spain´s official language. It is not necessary to know any valenciano to able to live in Valencia.
Climate

Valencia has a pleasant climate, typically meditteranean, with the average annual temperature being above 16ºC, with more than 300 days of sunshine a year. Summers are hot, and winters are not very cold. During the winter months, the temperature is not usually any lower than 10ºC. Regardless of the humid climate, be sure to bring warm clothes for the winter months. Rainshowers are rare, and usually occur in autumn and spring.
Where to live

The majority of students live in shared flats, although there is also the option of living in university accomodation. The areas surrounding the university campus are the most popular areas for students to live (Avendia Blasco Ibañez, Avenida Ramón, Llull, Plaza Honduras). These are not far from the city centre, and they have many local services (supermarkets, cafes, shops, pubs, bars, clubs, etc.). The best thing would be to find a flat or room before arriving in Valencia. Available rooms for rent are posted on our website www.erasmusvalencia.com. If you have no accommodation arranged prior to your arrival, you will need to allow a few days to find one. In the meantime, we recommend using one of the city´s hostels.

You need to be carful with letting agents ans they will be expecting students to be looking for accommodation and unfortunately they have experienced problems in the past with Erasmus students.
Spanish Courses

Having just arrived in Valencia, we would assume that your spanish needs improving. At the beginning of each semester universities offer cheap subsidised courses with which you can take to earn a diploma. INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE CENTER runs intensive courses on different dates, you can visit their page for more information 
www.ilc-idiomas.com
Universities

There are two public universities in Valencia.

UV- Universidad de Valencia
www.uv.es
Student services tel. +34 963 864 100

There are three university campuses, and the School of Education. 
-Campus de los Naranjos (Tarongers): Buses 29, 30, 31, 40, 41, 71, metro line 3 (¨La Carrasca” and “Els Tarongers”). 
-Campus de Blasco Ibáñez: Buses 9, 10, 12, 29, 30, 31, 70, 71, 80, 81, 89, 90. Metro line 3 (“Facultats”).
-Campus de Burjassot-Paterna: Bus 63, metro line 4 (“Campus de Burjassot” and “Vicent A. Estellés”). 
-Escuela d Magisterio (School of Education): Buses 13, 15, 89, 90, 40, 41, 95.

UPV- Universidad Politécnica de Valencia
www.upv.es (información@upv.es)
Information tel: +34 963 877 007
There are four university campuses, only one is located in the city of Valencia. 
-Campus de Valencia: Buses 29, 30, 31, 40, 41, 71, metro line 3 (¨La Carrasca” and “Els Tarongers”). 
-Campus de Gandía in the town of Gandía, 70 kilometres from Valencia. 
-Campus de Alcoy in the town of Alcoy, 100 kilometres from Valencia.
-Campus de Xátiva in the town of Xátiva, 70 kilometres from Valencia. 
You can get to these last three from Valencia by bus or train.

Private Universities

Universidad de la Florida
www.florid-uni.es
tel. +34 961 220 380
C/ Rei En Jaume I, nº2 – Ap. Correos 15 –46470 Catarroja (Valencia)

Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera
www.uch.ceu.es
tel. +34 96 136 90 00
Edificio Seminario s/n. –46113 Moncada (Valencia)

Centro Universario Estema
www.estema.es
tel. +34 961 318 500
Parque Tecnológico, (Autovia Valencia-Ademuz Salida nº9)
C/Benjamín Franklin, 18 –46980 Paterna (Valencia)

Universidad Católica de Valencia San Vicente Martir
www.ucv.es
tel. +34 902 300 099
C/ Guillén de Castro, 106 – 46003 Valencia

Main Libraries

Biblioteca Gregori Maians, Universidad de Valencia, Campus dels Tarongers s/n tel. +34 963 828 914
Biblioteca General de la Universidad Politécnica, Campus universidad Politécnica. Tel. +34 963 887 084
These are university libraries with study areas. Opening hours change during exam weeks.

Biblioteca Municipal Pl. Maguncia, 1 tel: +34 963 525 478 (mon.-fri. 9:00- 14:00, mon. and wed. 16:30- 19:00).

Biblioteca Provincial C/Hospital, 13 tel. +34 963 519 996 (mon.-fri. 9:00-20:30)

University Sport Centres

Universidad de Valencia
Campus de Blasco Ibañez: Avenida Menéndez Pelayo, 19 Valencia tel. +34 963 983 245
Campus de Burjassot: C/Dr. Moliner 50, Burjassot tel. +34 963 544 576
Campus de Tarongers: Avenida Albalat dels Tarongers s/n Valencia tel. +34 963 828 83

Universidad Politécnica de Valencia
Campus de La Universidad Politécnica de Valencia: Camino de Vera s/n tel. +34 963 877 004

Medical Assistance

Universidad de Valencia

Campus de los Naranjos tel. +34 963 828 764 (mon.-fri. 8:30- 12:30, and mon. 16:00-18:00).Emergencies tel. +34 630 270 102 
Campus de Blasco Ibañez tel. +34 963 864 287 (mon.-fri. 8:30-12:30 and mon. 16:00-18:00). Emergencies tel. +34 630 276 465
Campus de Burjassot tel. +34 963 544 321 (mon.-fri. 9:00-13:30 and 16:00-18:00). Emergencies tel. +34 630 179 407

Universidad Poletécnica

Centro de Salud Juana Portaceli, UPV Campus, Camino de Vera s/n tel. +34 963 877 407
A Stroll around Town

We start our trip in the Estación de Norte (1), Valencia´s Central Train Station. The building was constructed at the beggining of the 20th century, and is one of the most symbolic monuments of civil architecture in the city. Its main facade consists of an entourage of leaves, oranges and flower blossoms which reflect Valencian agriculture and other themes of the city. All of which signifies the tensions between modernism and tradition, between the local and the cosmopolitan. To the side of the train station you will find la Plaza de Toros constructed between 1850 and 1860, inspired by the Romanesque civil architecture of the Colusium. Here, bullfights take place, as well as concerts and during the week it is home to the Hippy Market.

We continue along Avenida Marqués de Sotelo until La Plaza del Ayuntamiento (2), in the heart of the city, filled with the administrative buildings of Valencia. Here, we observe the modern historic building of the Municipal Corporation. In the same square, you will find the main post office building, constructed at the beginning of the 20th century. It is certainly worth having a look inside at the beautiful domed glass roof.

We leave la Plaza del Ayuntamiento and enter Calle San Vicente San Mártir, until we get to la Plaza de la Reina (3). Here we can find one of the Cathedral doors and the tall, majestic Tower of Miguelete. You can climb to the top and catch a picturesque view of the whole city.

We continue our mini-adventure until la Plaza de la Virgen (4) along the Calle del Micalet. The Cathedral of Valencia was constructed ontop of an Arab Mosque. The three doors are of Gothic, Roman, and Baroque style. Inside there is a chalice which many claim to be the Holy Grail. Beside the Cathedral is La Basílica de la Virgen de los Desamparados, the Patron Saint of Valencia. Sit and relax on the steps and enjoy the fountain in the square. The male figure who sits in the middle of the fountain represents the River Turia and the women around him with their water jugs are filling the fountain. They represent tributaries flowing into the main river.

Next we enter into La Calle Caballeros (5), and continue our mini-adventure into the Barrio de Carmen, one of the areas in the old town. This ancient district was built inbetween two ramparts: the Muslim section (XI century) boarders the town from the east, and the more recent, christian part (XIV century) protects the city from the west. Nowadays, this area is more famous for its nightlife, being full of numerous bars and restaurants.

Continuing along the Calle Caballeros, we pass through the Plaza de Tossal (6), which leads us to La Calle Bolsería to arrive at the central market (7). Vegetables, meat and fish, along with an array of other food items are sold here. This place is full of charm, thanks to the beautiful architecture along with the history and tradition of the market. Opposite the market is La Lonja de la Seda, one of the most famous gothic monuments in Europe. We can also visit the La Plaza Redonda (Plaza Santa Catalina) (8), an ideal place to visit on Sundays, and to make the most of the market stores containing animals, arts and crafts, second hand items, music and various other bargains.

Blasco Ibañez Universities

This area is excellent for students. We have three university campuses : Campus de Blasco Ibañez (1), Campus dels Tarongers (2), both which are part of the University of Valencia, and the Campus de Vera the main campus of the polytechnic university. Due to this reason, most of the students decide to live in this area as prices are not as expensive as in the city centre. 
The city centre can be accessed easily from Avenida Blasco Ibañez, via the local buses and the metro (Facultades and Ayora). At the eastern end of the avenue, towards the beach, there is a train station called Cabañal.
Close to Blasco Ibañez is the Mestalla football stadium (4), which is the homeground of Valencia FC. Every Sunday, behind the stadium is the flea market. Due to the two university campuses near Blasco Ibañez, this is a lively area largely populated with young people. Every night of the week, you will find some place to go out as there is a variety of night entertainment. We also point out the Polo and Peyrolón areas on Calle Bélgica (5) and Plaza de Honduras (6) as places of interest.

Turia Gardens

These gardens form what once was the old river Turia. The river converted in 1980, and the gardens are considered as the green lung of the city. They wind through the old river bed and cut the city into two parts. The Turia river was diverted after the big flood in 1957 and many buildings, to this day, display the water marks left from the flood. 
There are many historical bridges which cross the Turia, for example the Serranos Bridge, which is the oldest and was reconstructed in the XVI century. It is situated just in front of the Serranos towers (1), which were the main gates into the old town and prison. Other historical bridges are el Puente de la Trinidad (2) and el Puente del Real (3). 
New bridges include: El Puente de la Exposición (4) designed by the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, and El Puente de las Flores (5). As its name implies, the Turia gardens on each side of this bridge are floral, and change according to the time of year. El Puente del Regne (Reino) (6) has four gothic gargoles, which gaurd each entrance.
El Palau de la Música (7) is situated in the Turia gardens and worth a visit it looks out onto the Turia gardens. The visitor is welcomed, not only with beautiful music, but also a harmonius combination of light, water, and foliage. 
We can also visit Museo Fallero (Plaza Monteolivete, 4) (8). Here exists the collection dolls made from cartón piedra (similar to paper maché) known as Fallas. Since 1984, it is commun for the public to vote to decide which doll will be exempt from being burnt at the end of the Fallas festival. More information about Fallas will be explained in this booklet.

La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (The Art and Science Museum) is situated at the end of the river bed. This is made up of four main builings: El Palacio de las artes Reina Sofía (9) which is dedicated to music and art. L´Hemisferic (10) which takes the shape of an eye is a 3-D Imax theatre with laser shows. El Museo de las Ciencias Príncipe Felipe resembles a skeleton of a dinosaur. It is an interactive science museum. L´Oceanografic (12) is in the shape of a water lilly, it is the largest acquarium in Europe measuring 110,000 metres squared, with 42 million litres of water. 
More information can be found at www.culturia.org and at www.cac.es.
Beach – Port

The Port, the beach and their immediate suuroundings, are very important areas of the city which are undergoing significant change. The port of Valencia (1) is to welcome the America´s Cup this year and therefore is being redeveloped from a commercial port into a marina dedicated to the famous sailing regatta. Valencia was selected to host this event partly because of the favourable weather conditions which will help to ensure that the competition runs smoothly and everything goes according to plan. The port is also a place to enjoy and is worth a visit to discover more about the America´s cup. It is home to various offices and buildings of the sailing teams who will compete for the cup, with numerous restaurants and bars for the visitor to enjoy. You can find out more information about the America´s Cup by visiting the website www.americascup.com.
Joined to the port are the beaches; las Arenas and la Malvarrosa (3). Both are of fine sand and are very popular with the people of Valencia. They are easily accessed from all areas of town by an effecient network of fast routes. You have the option of travelling by bus, bike, tram or why not on foot?
The Paseo Maritime is the delightful esplanade where many people take time out along the seafront, soaking up some sun, roller blading, jogging etc. The Casa-Museo (4) of the writer Blasco Ibañez is situated here.
The area is well known for it´s array of restaurants serving typical regional food. By the sea, it attracts people all year round, day and night. In the summer a hippy market opens along the esplanade near to the port. It is worth a visit as you are bound to find something of interest.
During the summer the Dolphin Statue (5) is usually our meeting point to then go on to enjoy the beach either by day or by night.

Shopping in the city

The City has many shopping centres. Two of the most well known are; Nuevo Centro (Avenida Pio XII nº 2) and El Saler (Autopista el saler, nº 16).
Calle Colon is the main shopping street in the centre and possess shopping centres and smallers shops of all sorts (clothes, perfumeries, shoe shops etc…)
Cheaper shops available are those such as 1€ shops and Chinease shops which stock almost everything at very cheap prices (household goods, tools, clothes, stationary and gifts).
For second hand articles such as bicycles, televisions and chairs, visit el Rastro, situated in the Football Stadium carpark.
Almost every district has its own market (Mercadillo) where all kinds of items can be found. Yet you are advised to get there early in order to discover the best bargains.
Monday – Agirós, Mercado Central and Ruzafa
Tuesday – Jerusalén, Nazaret and San Pedro Nolasco
Wednesday- Benimamet, Av. del Cid, el Grao and Mosén Sorell
Thursday – El Cabañal and Torrefiel
Friday – Benimaclet, Malvarrosa, Monteolivete and Castellar
Saturday – Benialap, Jesús Patraix and Rojas Clemente
Sunday and bank holidays – PL. Redonda and el Rastro

Cinemas

Albatros
C/Fray Luis Colomer,4
Tel: +34 963 932 677
albacines@cinesalbatrosbabel.com
Price: 5,60€ , festivals 6€ , reductions mon 4,50€
Bus 31
Babel 
C/ Vicente Sancho Tello
Tel: +34 963 626 795
albacines@cinesalbatrosbabel.com
Price: 5,60€, festivals 6€ , reductions mon 4,50€
Bus 90, N1

ABC Park
C/ Roger de Lauria, 21
Tel: +34 963 531 860
Price: mon-thurs 5,80€, fri,sat+festivals 6,20€ reductions wed 4,50€
Bus 13, 14 and metro stop Colón

ABC El Saler
Autopista del Saler, 16 Centro Comercial El Saler
Tel: +34 963 950 592 or 902 260 262
Price: 4,50€, festivals 6€, reductions wed 4,50€

Cinema listings can be viewed online at www.hoycinema.com/cartelera/Valencia.htm
Theatres

Olympia
C7 san Vicente Martir, 44
Tel: +34 963 517 7315
olimpia@teatro-olympia.com
Principal
C/ Barcas, 15
Tel: +34 963 539 200

Rialto
Plaza Ayuntamiento, 17
Tel: +34 963 512 336

Talía
C/ Caballeros, 31
Tel: +34 963 912 920

For theatre programs and other theatre information visit http://teatres.gva.es
Las Fallas

This celebration is a deep rooted Valencian tradition among all districts and villages around the City. The celebrations have become a popular tourist attraction.

What are las Fallas? They are monuments built from combustible materials which are supposed to represent satirical figures or people who have been critised during the year.

The first Fallas in Valencia dateback to XVIII century and were constructed out of old furniture and long burning wood.

The official start date of the festival is 15th March and they usually finish on 19th March (day of San José), although festivities begin at the begining of the month. Bearing in mind that over 300 Fallas are usually constructed in and around Valencia, it is a time of continuous partying.
The commission of each Falla organises several activities.

Fireworks are let off in each district as a wake up call in the early morning.
Paella competitions in the street.
Street parties with music and dancing.

Another important aspect of the festival is the offering of flowers to la Virgen de la Desamparados. The bunches of flowers are is offered and are used to form an enormous dress in which the Virgin is clothed. This takes place on 17th and 18th March in la Plaza de la Virgen.

Another significant part of las fallas takes place in the La Plaza Ayuntamiento where a multitude of firecrackers are set off (Mascletá). Mascletá is put on for the people of Valencia and tourists alike. At the same time there is music to accompany the noise of the bangors and canons. This sound spectacular happens everyday from 1st to 19th March at 14:00.
On the former river bed you can witness firework displays every evening during the period of the Fallas. La nit del foc is celebrated in much the same way until the early hours of the morning on 18th and 19th March.

All of this and more you can look forward to experiencing during your stay here in Valencia. Its a great place to be in March. Don´t miss out.
32nd America´s Cup

The City of Valencia is to hold the 32nd America´s Cup. It was chosen above all for its excellent climat and for the project to tranform the dock from a commercial port into a stylish marina.
Since 2004 many sailing competitions have been held off the coast of Valencia. Twelve teams will fight to win the prestigious America´s Cup.
The Alinghi team are the defending champions. Prior to the final race for the Cup, several heats/regattas take place where boats race one on one, these decide which single boat from among the participating teams will face Alinghi in the ultimate America’s Cup Match. 
We certainly recommend a visit to the port. Entry is free and you can get there by bus or tram.

Bull Fighting

Bull fighting is considered as very much a part of spanish culture, although is does cause many problems between defenders of the tradition and animal rights campainers.

There are two types of bull fights. The most common is with a sole mateador and the other involves a mounted bullfighter on horseback aswell.

Normally, a bull fight develops in three parts, called thirds (tercios). The bull is provoked by the mounted bullfighter who tries to stab it with coloured sticks. Meanwhile the mateador, tries to trick the bull and finally kills the bull unless however the bull has fought well and the public can then request that the bull is spared.

The arena judge is the person who awards the mateador either with: distinction, standing ovation, ear or tail.
The main bull fights in Valencia take place during Las Fallas and the July Fayre, although it is also possilbe to see them on Valencian Community Day (9th October). Entry is usually free and you can see novice mateadors try out there luck.

The Cheste Ricardo Racing Circuit

This speedway circuit is situated in the township of Cheste around 20km from Valencia. It was opened in 1999 and was designed using the latest technological equipment and is equipped with very practical facilities. It was designed and built so that the spectators have a perfect view of all the track. At the end of Octobre the Motorcycle Grand Prix of Valencia is held here and thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from all over Europe come and fill the stadium.

LA TOMATINA!!

The last wednesday in August is when the famous tomato throwing festival starts in Buñol, a village outside Valencia. Seven lorries full of tomatoes (150 tonnes) crawl through the main street in Buñol. For over an hour people arm themselves with tomatoes and hurl them at each other. It’s a bloody war yet without any blood.. If you can make it to the festival it will surely be an experience that you will never forget.

Cuisine

Spanish cuisine is famous throughtout the world. Classed as mediteranen food, famous for its variety, rich flavours and healthy ingredients.
In all this, Valencia is well known for outstanding produce, like the famous valencian oranges, la Huerta (irrigated garden) with its vegetables and sea food.
Rice has a big part to play as is very famous in this region. It has written one of the largest pages in the history of spanish cooking. After all,who hasn´t heard of Valencian Paella?
Another variety of paella is Fideuá which consists of noodles and is absolutely delicious like black rice which gets its colour from cuttlefish ink.
Another great Valencian creation is Horchata, a sweet drink made from tiger nuts. The plant resembles rice and is only grown in Alboraya, a neighbouring village to Valencia. It is delicious drank cold and looks a bit like milk and is ivory in colour. It´s usually drank in summer with Fartons, large, long, thin rolls; an essential compliment in order to fully appreciate Horchata.
Tapas are also typical. Served on small plates to be shared with others. The most famous tapas are las Patatas Bravas, ham and cheese, anchovies and snails. All of these you can taste in any bar or restaurant in Valencia and they are usually very good value for money.

When the Spanish eat

Spanish people tend to eat later than other europeans. Breakfast, continental style, is taken between 7:30 and 10:00 in the morning. Food in restaurants is served between 14:00 and 15:30 and then from 21:00 until 22:30. Larger establishments will serve food all day from 10.00 unitl 21:00. The majority of shops open saturday mornings yet are closed all day on sundays and bank holidays.
Where to eat

University cafés and reatuarants are open during the week and offer cheap meals. Other restaurants near to the Uni also offer good value food. Blasco Ibañez would be worth checking out as it has places that cater for impoverished students.
In the city centre there is a wide range of culinary establishments throughout all of the districts.
The Barrio Carmen area has many small, local restaurants. Here for example you can find an intimate italian restaurant or a typical spanish bar. If you have a good look around you can eat well and not pay too much.
There are several restaurants on the Paseo Maritime by the beach, many of which serve Valencian cuisine and it is definately the best area place to go in search of a good Paella.
In the Cánovas area, near to the Gran Via Marques del Turia, you will come across a huge variety of eateries mixed with many bars and pubs.

Where to buy food

Valencia is full of supermarkets for your weekly food shopping. Among the most popular is Mercadona which is reasonably priced. There is one on Blasco Inbañez nº 81.
Opencor are small convience supermarkets that are open from 8:00 am until 2:00 am. They do tend to be more expensive yet are useful for purchasing emergency food items, books, gifts and mobile phone credit. The closest one to the University is on C/ Ramón Llull nº 19.
Most service stations have small grocery stores too and are generally open 24 hours. There is one by Plaza Xúquer (close to the university).
We would recommend you to pay a trip to the various markets that the city has to offer. Here you will get the best experience of how true Valencian people go about their grocery shopping and you are more likely to find the better culinary products of Valencia. For example, fresh fish, excellent meats and vegetables from the irrigated garden. The Central Market is the biggest and the best, selling the finer quality of produce at the best price. Although worth an hour of your time would be the Cabañal Market at the eastern end of Blasco Ibañez. (C/ Justo Vilar)

Where to go out partying

Valencia has a vibrant nightlife and there are various areas around the city where people go out.

Blasco Ibañez – Av. Aragon
5 minutes away from Campus, most students live in this area where there is also a huge range of bars and clubs.
In the Polo and Peyrolon area (C/ Bélgica) wednesday night is Erasmus night, and in Plaza de Honduras it happens on a monday.

Barrio del Carmen

The nightlife in the city centre is prodominently in this old part of town, offering an abundance of bars and restaurants.

Canovas

Next to the Garn Via Fernando el Católico, this area has several places to entertain the night owl yet is becoming slightly less populated.

Juan Llorenc

Perhaps a little way out of the hustle and bustle of the city centre, this area appeals mainly to those above the age of 30.
Erasmus Parties

Throughout the year erasmus organises several parties for the international students in Valencia. The welcoming parties which start in October and February are probably the most significant and you can´t miss them for the world. Find details of all events online at www.erasmusvalencia.com

Many bars will organise special events throughout the year and welcome our students on a regular basis, at least one a week.
Every Monday

Studio Dance Club, situated close to the University in Plaza Honduras 37, presents “Tell me why? I don´t like mondays.” Discover that Monday are in no way what so ever boring. Discount on drinks is available with your erasmus student card. Open from midnight onwards.

Every last Tuesday of the month

Diablito Food & Music, an erasmus meal with salad, pizza and nachos. Free bar of beer and sangria!! Yes, you can drink as must as you like…or as much as you can!! All for only 12€. A great opportunity to meet new people and go out afterwards.

Every Wednesday

Pub Caribbean in C/ Béliga nº 5. The street runs parralel to Av. Aragon. Here we offer you the opportunity to learn to danse Salsa. These classes are free for all erasmus students. After the classes there is the best international club music from DJ Daniele. Open from 23:00 until 3:30 in the morning. Discounted student prices on drinks and a great atmosphere.

Murray Club on Av. Blasco Ibañez nº 111. This is one of the most well known night clubs in Valencia and has been running erasmus parties the longest. The best HipHop and R&B with DJ Cosy’O. Get your free entrance ticket from Erasmus or from Pub Caribbean.

Every Saturday

Cool Sessions on Av. Blasco Ibañez nº 146. By showing your erasmus student card, entrance is free before 4:00 am. After this time girls may enter free of charge, boys will have to pay.
Trips

February: Andalucia

Granada, Cordoba, Sevilla… Five days to pamper yourselves with the magic of Andalucia and its people. Visits are made to ancient monuments such as the Alhambra, the Mezquita de Córdoba, the Giralda de Sevilla and much more. Not forgetting of course nights out in Andalucia which includes Flamenco dancing.
This is one of the most popular trips that we run. We usually take around 200 students….. fancy getting to know some people??

Abril: Multiaventura

As the warmer weather arrives we escape for the weekend to a national park, Las Hoces del Cabriel, which is close to Valencia. The weekend is spent in a hostel in the mountains with a range of activities (supervised by trained professionals). For example, abseiling, rock climbing, parachuting, bungee jumping, rafting, mountain biking, orienteering, speedboating, trekking,4 X 4 and canoeing. There is time to get to know other students and get closer to nature. The evenings are spent around the barbeque with a guitare. You can forget your TV and playstation!

Mayo: Ibiza

This trip is always thorougly enjoyed by all students who come along. We take a trip across to the white island for 6 days to relax a bit before the exams. A beach a day for 5 days. Parties everyday. Water party and hippy market.
More than 200 friends join us in our hotel with pool, right next to the beach! Need we say anymore…

October: Barcelone

This is the first trip away at the begining of the acedemic year to get to know other new students. We travel by coach and stay in the township of Condal for 3 days, visiting La Sagrada Familia, el Parque Well and el Maremagnum.

Noviembre: Madrid – Salamanca – Toledo

5 days to discover the medieval cities of Toledo and Salamanca. The latter is a town with the best student atmosphere since the XV century. We visit the capital of Spain and enjoy its museums like the Thyssen or the Prado, aswell as seeing the awesome monuments…..and partying alot!!
Sporting Activities

Quad biking

Make the most of a trip in the mountains on one of these fun machines. A quad bike is the perfect way to get about on the compliacted tracks that they were built for. Driving one of these surprising machines is quite a memorable and certainly fun experience.
Paintball

This is all about teams of friends running about in open spaces in the countryside. Paintballing is an exciting sport and a really fun activity. There are two teams, each player in equipped with a paintball gun and protective clothing. The objective of the game is to capture the enemy’s flag and elimate all of their players with your paint loaded air gun.
Catamaran sailing

With the arrival of the America’s cup in Valencia, why not soak up some of the racing action with your friends from a huge Catamaran, large enough to fit more than 100 on board. It’s great opportunity to be part of something special and watch the regatta racing. Priceless!
Tandem sky dive

Do you dare? This is only for the brave amongst you.

A tandem sky dive offers you the opportunty to take part in this sport without having completed any type of training.
Four thousand metres high, 50 seconds free fall and 8 minutes of total adrenelin rush. All done in the safe and capable hands of an instructor.
Open water diving course

This is a 5 star beginners PADI course. The therory and indoor diving practice last one week at a sports centre in Valencia. Over the following weekend the training is done out at sea at Jávea. The course includes all the necessary diving and teaching material along with your accomodation in Jávea, paperwork and certification.
Footbal – III Erasmus World Cup 2007

Do you play football at home? Want to show us how good you are? Here, you can put your skills to the test. Get together with other players from your country and play against other national student teams. Don´t worry if you don´t have a team as we´ll find you one. Conquer the glory for your country and take part in the Erasmus World Cup.

Ice skating

Sun, sand…yet Valencia can still surprise you. You can ice skate on real ice without having to leave the city, however you´ll need to wrap up as i´ts not warm.
Kite Surfing

Make the most of the beaches and the warm climat here in the Valencia province and why not learn new sports. Day or weekend courses in kite surfing are available and are delivered by professional instructors. Accomodation and all necessary material is provided.

Network

Here are some of the discounts and offeres available to you with your Erasmus student card.

20% discount every day.
The last Tuesday of every month take part in our meal, costing only 12€, with free bar.
10% discount with all services provided and on all products.
Free entry into Erasmus student nights on Wednesday and Thursday.
15% discount on yogurts and icecreams.