Most banks are open from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Only a few branches open on Saturday mornings. There are 24-hour automatic tellers around the city, and most of them (Servired, 4B, etc.) offer international services.
Climate & Weather
Valencia enjoys a mild temperate Mediterranean climate. The average annual temperature is 17ºC with warm summers and very mild winters, rarely below 10ºC. There is only light rainfall mainly in autumn and the beginning of spring.
September's average temperature is around 22°C. Valencia sees lows of 17°C but this mainly occurs at night, so it is recommended to pack a few light layers to wear on an evening. High temperatures can still soar in September though, reaching up to 27°C on some days.
Credit Cards / ATM
Most hotels, restaurants and shops in Valencia accept the main credit cards such as American Express, VISA, Mastercard, 4B, Access y Diners Club.
ATMs are available throughout the city.
The currency in Spain is the euro, the same as in other European Union countries
Spain has used the euro since 2002, which it replaced the old peseta. It is the same currency that is used in much of Western Europe. The euro is the only currency accepted in Spain.
If you have any disabilities that may require additional help, please email the Conference Secretariat, elina@semiotics, who will be able to help you with your request.
Valencia airport, Conference Centre an most hotels around it are accessible for everyone.
Dress code for the conference, lunches and social events is Business Casual.
Standard electrical voltage in Valencia is 220-240 V AC, 50 Hz. A transformer and an adapter are necessary to use North American electrical appliances whose plugs have two square pins. Adapters are available in most hardware stores.
The emergency phone number is 112, valid and free in the entire Spanish territory.
- Emergency: 112
- National Police: 091
- City Police: 092
- Civil Guard: 062
- Fire: 080
- Red Cross: 963 67 73 75
Health & Accident Insurance
The conference fee does not include insurance. All participants should arrange for their own insurance.
Travelers do not normally require certificates of vaccination or immunization to enter Spain. Visitors from EU member states should make sure that they have a European Health Insurance card. It is advisable that all visitors, irrespective of their nationality, take out a personal medical insurance policy.
Visitors receiving special medical treatment should bring a medical prescription or a letter of introduction from their family doctor, in case they need to purchase particular medicines.
There are two official languages in Valencia: "Valenciano", used in the Valencian Community, and Spanish, Spain's official language.
English is widely spoken by younger people and by people in the tourism industry.
The official spoken language throughout the conference is English.
Valencia, Spain is in the Central European Standard time zone which is GMT +1.
People generally eat later than in other European countries: breakfast (7:30 and 10:00 a.m.) is similar to the continental style. Restaurants serve lunch between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., and dinner from 8:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.
Now you can go shopping in Valencia any day of the year. Although normal shop opening hours are from 10 am to 8.30 pm, you will find malls and shops in tourist areas that are open every day, including Sundays and public holidays
All foreign visitors to Spain must possess a valid passport. Visitors are required to carry a valid ID at all times.
Pharmacies are located throughout Valencia and are open during normal shopping hours, Monday to Saturday. On Sundays, most pharmacies are closed.
Religion & Worship
Freedom of religion is guaranteed by the Spanish Constitution, although the majority of the population is Catholic. Other religions also practised in Spain include Islam, Judaism, Protestantism, and Hinduism, all of which have places where to conduct their rituals.
Please note that smoking is not allowed in any of the conference venues.
There are many taxi companies in Valencia and taxis are easy to find. Further, there are several taxi ranks in the city. The taxis in Valencia are white and a green illuminated light on the top of the taxi indicates that it's available for hire. To hail a taxi all you only need to do is to raise your hand. You may reserve a taxi and most taxi companies offer long distances.
Taxi Rates in Valencia:
- General rate: 1,25 € + 0.77 € per Km. (14,40 € for one hour waiting)
- Night and weekend rate: 1,6 € + 0.89 € per Km. (16,74 € for one hour waiting)
- Minimum rate: 2,75 €. (5 € by night)
- Service to the airport have a supplement of 3,5 €.
- Journeys should be paid for in cash, since very few taxis accept credit cards.
- Taxi driver have change only for 20€ notes or less.
The international access code for Spain is +34. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 001 for the United States).
The tap water is safe to drink in Valencia
Tips are included in all prices and bills, so tipping is not considered obligatory. However, if the service received is considered satisfactory, especially in bars and restaurants, a tip is often left.