Rent a car in Valencia with Europcar
The third largest city in Spain, Valencia is often overlooked for Madrid and Barcelona but it should not be. This city has a strong food culture (paella hails from the region) and does a great job at combining new with the old. The sci-fi architecture of City of Arts & Sciences will tell you a lot about the Valencian outlook.
Situated on the east coast, Valencia is perfectly suited for onward travel with car hire. From the golden sands of the coast to the pine green of the countryside, there are options to suit each journey. Do not miss out on seeing all of these gems with car hire in Valencia.
The Europcar car rental experience in Valencia
Thereare 5 easy to locate stations for picking up car hire in Valencia. If you are flying into the city, choose Valencia Airport and be on your way as soon as you touch ground. Likewise there’s the main railway station if you arrive into Valencia by train.
No matter what the type of journey, we have a vehicle to suit your needs. From the small but capable Fiat 500 to the beloved VW Polo, Europcar has great economy car hire options. For longer trips and bigger groups, our fleet also includes models such as the Volkswagen Touran — available in both manual and automatic options — or the 9-seater Mercedes Vito Tourer.
Are you moving? Or just looking to transport big loads? Europcar Seville also offers a selection of van hire including the Peugeot Partner and Mercedes Vito Mixta.
With car or van hire in Valencia, you can make your trip as you wish. With Europcar Valencia you can rent for days, weeks or even months at a time.
Driving in Valencia
When you rent a car in Valencia or elsewhere in Spain, you can do so with an EU or EEA driver’s licence. International driver’s licences are accepted but not obligatory.
On the road, speed limits are maximum of 120 km/h for motorways, 50 km/h in cities and built up areas, and 90 km/h on country roads. Cars on motorways will often indicate they want to overtake you by flashing their lights.
Parking in the centre of Valencia is difficult as there are not many options for on-street parking. If you find them paid parking spots are indicated by blue road markings/signposts, and are enforced from Monday to Friday between 9am to 2pm and 4pm to 8pm, and on Saturday from 9am to 2pm. Parking is limited to 2 hours.
There are several multi storey and underground car parks which allows easier parking, for unlimited amounts of time.
On Spanish roads there are tolls. You can pay these with cash, credit/debit cards and electronic devices called Telepeaje or Via T transmitters. These can be bought from banks or petrol stations.
Discover Valencia and surroundings by car
Hungry? You are in the right place. Try the traditional dish, paella, at one of the oldest restaurants Navarro - now run by the grandchildren of the owners. Eat your way around the Mercado Central, where 300 vendors are serving up fresh produce and meals. Valencia is enshrouded by gardens which let the city breathe.
When it comes to getting out of town for a day or less, your car hire will take you to some great sights. Aside from the beaches near the city itself (playa de la Malvarrosa and playa de las Arenas), make the short 40 minute journey to Cullera, where more space and bluer water await you.
Around 20 minutes from Valencia by car, lies Sagunto (25 kilometres). The ancient ruins of the city offers great panoramas of the coast, Balearics, and orange trees below. History buffs might be interested to know that when Hannibal conquered Valencia, it began the Second Punic War. Not to be missed is the original Roman amphitheatre - around 2,000 years old and well preserved.
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15 minutes from the town centre in Parc de Capçalera, Bioparc claims to be an animal park designed like a zoo. It is true, without obvious fence boundaries the animals seemingly roam free making Bioparc seem like a safari. Bioparc aims to recreate the environments of endangered species and animals including giraffes, warthogs, leopards, rhinos and pink pelicans. The park has private parking for cars and costs around €5 for a 10-hour stay. Use your Valencia car hire to take the whole family to and from this magical animal attraction.
A 40-minute drive from Valencia to Cullera, the Dragut Cave Museum will be a hit with anyone fond of a good pirate story! Dedicated to when the town of Cullera was attacked by the Turkish pirate Dragut in 1550, legend says that this cave is where prisoners were held hostage. Bringing the 16th century pirate world to life, kids will enjoy going back through history via the range of nautical devices, weapons, maps and clothing. A must-visit if you are in the Valencia region.
Unlike other Spanish towns, Valencia is a hotchpotch of old and new. Old in the Museo Diocesano, an 18th century building that showcases art from the Middle Ages through to the Renaissance; stunning Gothic architecture in La Lonja, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which dates back to the 15th century; and Valencian food institutions like La Pilareta. The modern age has found its way into the skyline, with City of Arts & Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias), a colossal 350,000 square building which sits on the River Turia. The space welcomes rotating exhibitions about space and prehistoric animals, an IMAX cinema and outdoor sculpture art.
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