European Grand Prix
How to get there
Direct, low-cost flights are available into Barcelona, around 100kms away, but you can also drive it. We took the opportunity to stop over in Millau and inspect the bridge there, which is an awesome piece of engineering. This way it takes two days to drive down, but it's easy going and you arrive in good shape. An alternative route for the return is via Bordeaux, taking the opportunity to pick up some wine en-route.
Where to stay
There are plenty of reasonably priced hotels in Valencia, and the metro makes getting around easy.
What else to do
Valencia has many interesting old buildings and squares, so it is worth spending some time wandering the city centre, around the Cathedral, Plaza del Ayuntamiento PLaza de la Reina. There are also some good restaurants and beaches close to the circuit at Avenue de Neptuno, also close to a metro stop.
Transport to the circuit
Being a city circuit, access is straightforward by Metro, with the main entrance close to Grau station. The metro has an easy link to the train station, but car drivers would be advised to find somewhere to park and then use the Metro. City centre hotels often don't have their own parking, but can direct you to local facilities.
First corner give a view of the pit lane exit and the beginning of turn two. The nature of the circuit, based around the port, means that no grandstand seems to have a view of large sections of track, so it's best to be near where the bars and merchandising are located.
Merchandising is centred on the back of the Pit Straight and is adequate, if not great. Beers are expensive and they have come up with a new rule which stops them serving bottles of water with tops on, so take your own! Saving grace is close proximity to local bars on Avenue del Puerto and Carrer de la Serreria when you leave.