Travel & Stay

Useful Information about Valencia

The city of Valencia is the capital of the “Comunidad Valenciana” and the province of Valencia. It is located in the middle-east of Spain, on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Valencia was founded in the year 138 BC by the Romans whose influence can be seen in the archaeological centre of Almoina.

September is a perfect month to visit Valencia due to its wonderful temperature (25º C), the comfort at the beach, and the sunsets at l’Albufera located 25km (~30 minutes) from the city centre.

General information can be found here:

Airport transfers: There are several taxis outside the airport. These are identified by a green light on top of the car. Another way to go to your destination from the airport is by metro. In the following website you can see maps, schedules and much more information.

Metro information:

Language: Although Spanish is the official language in Valencia, many tourist service providers speak English.

Currency: The official currency in Spain is the Euro. Banks open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. Major credit and debit cards are accepted at most hotels, shops, and restaurants in Spain.

Taxes: A 21% value-added tax (IVA in Spanish) is applied to most goods and services, and are already included in the price.

Tipping: Tips are already included in all receipts.

Travel Documents: A valid passport is required for travel to Spain. Your passport expiration date must not occur within six months of your departure date.

Free time: You can enjoy Valencia visiting the arts and science museum designed by Calatrava, taking a touristic bus, going to the Malvarrosa beach, visiting “El Miguelete” and the cathedral where the Holy Chalice is guarded, doing a boat trip on l’Albufera, stopping by the “Lonja de la seda” and many other activities that are waiting for you to discover.

Useful links:

Arts and science museum:

Valencia touristic bus:

Boat trip l’Albufera:

Visits to the cathedral of Valencia:

Touristic guide of Valencia coast [PDF]

Touristic guide of Spain [PDF]

Hotel rates

The conference will be held at the Hotel Balneario Las Arenas, located in the Malvarrosa beach in Valencia (Spain). This is the only Top Luxury 5 star hotel of the Santos Chain in Valencia (Spain), belonging to the select Leading Hotels of The World club.

The participants of the conference will obtain the following special rates for the rooms:

  •     CLASSIC DOBLE 1 PAX (city views): 135 €
  •     CLASSIC DOBLE 2 PAX (city views): 150 €
  •     DELUXE DOBLE 1 PAX (terrace sea views): 180 €
  •     DELUXE DOBLE 2 PAX (terrace sea views): 195 €

These rates are per day and do not include 10% VAT.
Breakfast and wireless internet are included.

A special code will be provided to the participants to book their rooms from Jan 10, 2017.

The Hotel Balneario Las Arenas is full. Other option is the following: 

  • Hotel Neptuno.  136€/night individual or 158€/night doble (breakfast and VAT included). If you are interested, please contact Ms. Marina Corbacho at reservas [at] and say that you are with the group Your Brain on Art conference. The hotel is only 5 minutes walk from the hotel of the conference.

Traveling by high speed train (AVE) from Madrid to Valencia

Train ticket sale:

Tickets prices:

  • Turist: from 28,50€ with early purchase 
  • Bussiness: from 36,95€ with early purchase

Schedule: from 6:30 to 21:00 on weekends and from 7:00 to 20:30 on weekdays.

Options for going from Madrid airport to Madrid train station (Atocha):

  • Train:
  • C1 only departures from T4 train station. For passengers with AVE (high speed train) Tickets connecting with a flight is free (4 hours before or after). You have to get another ticket “CombinadoCercanias”. Bus service between terminals (T1-T2-T3-T4) is free but it takes time.
  • From 5:58 to 22:27 every 30 minutes


  • Metro:
  • ATOCHA: L8 + L1 CHAMARTIN: L8+L10. Approximately 5€. It is not necessary to buy "Billete combinado" (6€), as you are travelling inside Zona A.
  • From 6:05 AM to 1:30AM.
  • At the Airport there are 2 metro stations. Between metro stations "Aeropuerto T1 T2 T3" and "Aeropuerto T4" there is a metro station called "Barajas". This metro station is in the town, not in the airport.


Traveling by high speed train (Euromed) from Barcelona to Valencia

Train ticket sale:

Tickets prices:

  • Turist: from 33,60€ with early purchase 
  • Bussiness: from 123,50€ with early purchase

Schedule: from 9:00 to 19:30 on weekends and from 7:00 to 20:30.

Options for going from Barcelona airport to Barcelona train station (Sants):