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Valencia Joint event

29-30th of March 2023

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Venue 1st Day

Las Naves | March 29th

Calle de Joan Verdeguer, 16,
46024 Valencia, Spain

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Venue 2nd Day

Tabacalera | March 30th

Calle d’Amadeu de Savoia, 11
46010 Valencia, Spain


A journey standing on the shoulders of giants

From Positive Energy Districts to Climate Neutral Cities. How to scale up our technologies and solutions.

Meeting agenda – Day 1 – 29 March 2023 – Location : Las Naves

Start Theme
9.30-9.50 Welcome & Registration
9.50- 10.00 Opening session

Greetings, agenda and objectives.

10.00-10.15 State of the European Smart Cities 2022 presentation.

A Ted X presentation

10.15-11.15 Introductory panel. A journey standing on the shoulders of giants. From PED to Climate neutral cities. How do we scale up our technologies and solutions?

•100 cities mission representative or NZC
•Valencia city strategy and organisation
•Spanish cities mirror group representative
•Scalable Cities

11.15-11.30 Coffee break
11.30-11.50 Outcomes of MAtchUP

Status, solution portfolios and outcomes (existing and ongoing), main challenges to replicate/Scale up

11.50 -12.00 Presentation of Valencia Smart Cities AI Testing Experimenting Facility

Why, What and How

12.00-12.10 «The relevance of working together»: Spanish Network of Smart Cities (RECI)
12.10-13.00 How to scale up our solutions
Introduction and framework
•Solution Package 1:  Scaling up RES through socialised power plant
•Solution Package 2: Scaling up RES through infrastructures. The solar pedestrian lane
•Solution Package 3: Scaling up e-mobility by coupling charging points and smart lampost (MAtchUP)
•Solution Package 4: Energy Refurbishment business model (Energy performance contract)
13.00-14.00 Lunch
Start Theme
14.00-17.00 Workshop: Scaling up solutions

4 sessions in workshop mode to go deeper in the solutions packages, from the morning session, and how to upscale them at the level of cities with business models and financing schemes.
Objective:  to come up with a common presentation describing in depth business models, potential financing schemes and delivery vehicles with figures.
( *See explanation of the session at the end)

14.00-14.45 Session 1: Framing the problem, barriers & deepening the possible solutions. Identifying the barriers for upscaling
14.45-16.00 Session 2: Designing the value proposition. Identifying the value chain and roles. Making the business case
16.00-16.45 Session 3: Designing the road for implementation: exploring innovative financing schemes and delivery vehicles
16.45-17.00 Session 4: Wrap up and Pitch preparation
17.00-18.30 City Coordinators Group meeting – Partnership Building
Evening Official diner
Solutions Moderators Experts Business Models & Financing
Scaling up RES through socialised power plant Victoria Pellicer

(Las Naves)

Tania Molteni

( Bocconi University)

Scaling up RES through infrastructures. The solar pedestrian lane Katerina Radosteva (Groningen)

Cecilia Sanz (Cartif)

Mohi (R2M)
Scaling up e-mobility by coupling charging points and smart lampost Ángel Navarro

(Las Naves)

Vicente Sebastián (ETRA)
Energy Refurbishment business model (Energy performance contract) Emilio Miguel Mitre (GBCE) Carlos Ballesteros

Meeting agenda – Day 2 – 30 March 2023 – Location : Tabacalera

Start Theme
8.30-9.40 Board of Coordinators
9.40-10.00 Solutions packages pitches
10.00-10.30 StudyTour (I)
Introduction at Tabacalera
10.30-10.45 Coffee break
10.45-13.00 StudyTour (II)
Site visits
13.00-14.00 Lunch
14.00-16.00 Parallel sessions
-Joint session CCG / TG Replication/ TG Monitoring
Knowledge-sharing workshop on impact assessment and impact of replication in Lighthouse and Fellow cities.-Business Models& FinancingTaskGroup
16.00 End of the Event

Welcome To Valencia


Things to do

Getting around

Neighbourhoods in Valencia

To get to

Booking Hotels




Welcome to Valencia

Spain’s third-largest city is a magnificent place, content for Madrid and Barcelona to grab the headlines while it gets on with being a wonderfully liveable city with thriving cultural, eating and nightlife scenes.

Never afraid to innovate, Valencia diverted its flood-prone river to the outskirts and converted the former riverbed into a glorious green ribbon of park winding right through the city. On it are the strikingly futuristic buildings of the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, designed by local boy Santiago Calatrava.

Other brilliant contemporary buildings grace the city, which also has a fistful of fabulous Modernista buildings, great museums, a long stretch of beach and a large, characterful old quarter.

Valencia, surrounded by its huerta, a fertile zone of market gardens, is famous as the home of rice dishes such as paella, but its buzzy dining scene offers plenty more besides.

To get to Valencia

València is accessible by air, land and sea. It boasts travel links to many major Spanish and European cities. The airport, situated just 8 kilometres from the centre of València, has regular daily flights to popular domestic and international destinations.

The city also has two main railway stations, the Estación del Norte, from which the local train network operates, and Joaquín Sorolla, offering AVE high-speed rail services to Madrid, Cuenca, Seville and Córdoba. ALVIA and EUROMED long-distance trains also depart from Joaquín Sorolla, providing connections to cities including Barcelona.

Valencia has its own city center station for the local train network (cercanías), which consists of six lines that connect Valencia to Gandía, Mogente, Utiel, Xirivella, Caudiel and Castellón de la Plana.

Valencia has its own city center station for the local train network (cercanías), which consists of six lines that connect Valencia to Gandía, Mogente, Utiel, Xirivella, Caudiel and Castellón de la Plana.

València is home to one of the most important commercial ports in the Mediterranean. The port, which operates passenger services to both the Balearic Islands and Italy, is fast becoming a popular destination for cruise ships.

Information of Interest

Bus Station

Menéndez Pidal, 11. 46009 Valencia. Tel. 963 466 266 Open: daily, 24 hours.

Metro: L1 – Turia.

Bus: 8, 29, 60, 61,62, 63, 73, 79

València Airport

8 km from the centre. Metro (lines 3 and 5), bus (line 150) or taxi (approx. €20 for the journey)

Joaquin Sorolla AVE High Speed Train Station

1 km from the centre. Metro (lines 1 and 5), free bus to the centre and taxi rank. Bus 64.

North Station (Station for short distance trains)

In the Centre: Metro (lines 3 and 5), bus (lines 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 19, 32, 35, 40, 63, 70, 71, 73, 81) and taxi rank.

Port of València

5.5 km from the centre. Bus (lines 4, 30, 95) and taxi rank. Ferry trips to Ibiza, Mahón and Palma de Mallorca.

Cruise Port

6 km from the centre. There is an internal shuttle service at the port which takes passengers to the main terminal. Bus (lines 4, 30, 95) and taxi rank.

Getting Around

Walking around

A stroll through the city’s streets is one of the best ways to explore València, given its size, relatively flat terrain and excellent climate.

Public transport

However, if you’re travelling from one part of the city to another, it’s advisable to make use of the extensive public transportation network, particularly if you’re short of time. This serves the whole of València and also provides links to some of the main points of interest in the surrounding area, including Albufera Park and València airport (Manises).

The Municipal Transport Company (EMT) operates a total of 59 bus routes, 44 daytime routes and 13 night routes, serving all areas of the city. The metro offers another great way to explore the city centre, stroll along the old Turia riverbed to the City of Arts and Sciences and even take a trip to La Malvarrosa Beach, after hopping on the tram.

Get the VLC Tourist Card at one of our Tourist Info offices and enjoy unlimited, free public transport around the city. It also offers great discounts on museums, leisure activities, shopping, restaurants, etc.

More info

Cycling around

Lastly, València is perfect city for exploring by bike. The city’s public bike rental service allows visitors to use any bike from any station in the network by purchasing a temporary pass. There are also numerous private companies offering bike rentals by the hour or on a daily basis. It’s possible to cycle safely around most of the city thanks to its extensive network of segregated cycle lanes.


Taxis in the city of Valencia are white and are available 24 hours a day. They may be reserved by telephone or via the Internet. There are also taxi ranks across the city and vehicles can usually be seen driving around the main roads. The airport taxi rank is situated in Terminal 1 Arrivals.

Think €10 from the centre to the beach, or €8 to the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. There’s a minimum daytime charge of €4 and nighttime charge of €6. Radio-Taxi Valencia and Tele Taxi Valencia are two of several companies. The total price of journey must be displayed on the taximeter and invoice receipts may be requested. The majority of taxis also carry a chip and pin machine, allowing passengers to pay by credit card.

Bus € 1.50

Metro € 1.50 + € 1 CARD

Radio taxi 963 70 33 33
Tele taxi 963 57 13 13


Need more info? Check out our tips on visiting Valencia.

Neighbourhoods & areas in Valencia

Discover the most charming neighbourhoods and areas in València

València is an amazing city full of life, with a Mediterranean atmosphere.

Here you can find a guide on the most notable neighbourhoods in the city, organised into 6 areas so you can plan your time and not miss out on anything.


València has one of the oldest historic centres in Europe. The city has over 2000 years of profound history and a rich artistic heritage; therefore, it is a must see. Both La Lonja and the Water Tribunal, which meets every Thursday at the Cathedral’s Door of the Apostles, are part of the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Site list, as well as the local festivity, Fallas, which takes place in March.

The list of essential visits in the historic centre is long, with treasures such as the Cathedral and the Holy Chalice, the Central Market, the frescoes in the Church of San Nicolás, the Torres de Serranos, Plaza Redonda or the Palace of Marqués de Dos Aguas, among others.


This thousand-year-old city neighbourhood grew between two walls, the Muslim and the Christian.

This emblematic neighbourhood is situated in the city’s old quarter, the Ciutat Vella. It is, for all intents and purposes, the authentic historical centre of València. Although it was once enclosed by the Muslim wall, it is now the Serrano and Quart Towers that represent the city’s most iconic medieval remains. As visitors pass through these gates, they enter a labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets hiding myriad secrets.

Streets including Roteros and Corona descend from the old suburbs. In the heart of the neighbourhood visitors will find the beautiful Portal de la Valldigna, the impressive frescoes of San Nicolás Church, the centennial Plaza del Árbol and the tiny Casa de los Gatos (House of Cats), as well as long-standing businesses boasting centuries of history. Barrio del Carmen is also bohemian territory, rich in street art and home to cutting-edge museums including the IVAM, the MUVIM, the Carmen Centre and the Beneficencia Cultural Centre.

The streets are filled with life whatever the time of day. Pay a morning visit to the famous Mossen Sorell Market, which offers a wide range of gourmet produce. As the day goes on and the outdoor seating terraces fill with people, why not join them in enjoying some typical tapas and eating a great paella? When night falls, the busy pubs and restaurants surrounding Plaza del Tossal are the place to be.


As it is a large area of the city, the best way to discover it all is on foot or by bike through the Turia Gardens and see the 18 bridges that cross them. You can start at Alameda with the Viveros and Monforte Gardens and the Museum of Fine Arts, a spectacular classical picture gallery. Afterwards, you can then move on to the old Turia river bed, where you can visit the City of Arts and Sciences, Puente de la Exposición and Palau de la Música.


This area is ideal to enjoy Valèncian cuisine with a sea breeze and spectacular views. The València Marina is a famous area with plenty of space to walk, ride a bike, enjoy the local cuisine and do water sports. The Cabañal and Malvarrosa beaches, the promenade and the Cabañal seafaring neighbourhood area trendy areas due to their lifestyle.

It is a large area with a varied leisure and cuisine offer, therefore we recommend you take your time when visiting it. You can go for a swim at the beach, ride a bike, try a Valencian paella and enjoy the lively atmosphere on the terraces next to the beach.


The new town’s most captivating corner, the district of Russafa may be comparatively compact but it packs a weighty punch. A downmarket barrio turned trendy, its collection of quirky galleries and vintage shops keep people entertained by day, while by night it becomes the city’s best zone for eating and cafe-bar nightlife – a buzzing hub of quality tapas, modish vermouth bars, literary cafes and innovative cultural offerings. It’s a district with its own very distinctive feel and an essential Valencian evening experience, particularly at weekends.

Russafa does bohemian so well, and this is one of many quality cafe-bars of this type, offering a lounge-room-like ambience with books, art exhibitions and decent drinks, including well-made cocktails. Loads of atmosphere. It does language-exchange sessions, which can be a good way to meet locals.

Hotel booking

Most of the hotels listed below are relatively close to the event place. However, city centre is nearby walking (30 minutes).

Eurostars Acteon (we recommend)

Double room for single use: 129€
Double room: 139€
(breakfast &VAT included)

Eurostars Rey Don Jaime

Av. Baleares, 2
More or less equidistant to both venues.

SH Valencia Palace

Paseo Alameda, 32
Walking distance to Tabacalera and Old Town and well connected with Las Naves.

AC Hotel Valencia

Av. de França, 67
963 31 70 0

Hotel Primus Valencia

Carrer de Menorca, 22
963 31 84 74

Hotel Tryp Oceanic Valencia

Carrer del Pintor Maella
912 76 47 47

Hotel NH Ciudad de Valencia

Avinguda del Port, 214
963 30 75 00

Sea You Hotel Port Valencia

Plaça del Tribunal de les Aigües, 5
963 21 43 30

Hotel Valencia Center

Av. de França, 33
963 35 07 00


// Valencian food

Goya Ruzafa

Carrer de Borriana, 3

Decorated with style and featuring real dedication to guests’ comfort and pleasure, this local classic is outstanding. The menu takes in Valencian favourites such as delicious seafood rices and typical tapas, and also includes some more avant-garde foodie bravura. It’s all strong on presentation and great on taste. Its blend of traditional values and modern cooking makes it stand out.

Casa Carmela València’s Beaches

Carrer d’Isabel de Villena, 155

Casa Carmela’s paella is one of València’s best. The expansive restaurant has been serving rice since 1922 and remains a favourite with families. Huge paellas are cooked over an orange-wood fire and served with a traditional wooden spoon. Book your rice in advance unless you want to wait 45 minutes when you arrive.

Ricard Camarena

Av. de Burjassot, 54

València’s most highly rated current chef showcases the range of his abilities here, in a new location in the Bombas Gens factory-turned-art-centre. A range of tasting menus focuses on the Valencian ideal of fresh market produce, presented here in innovative ways that bring out exceptional and subtle flavours. There’s a weekday lunchtime set menu for €55.

El Poblet Ciutat Vella

Carrer de Correus, 8

This upstairs restaurant, overseen by famed Quique Dacosta and with Luis Valls as chef, offers elegance and fine gastronomic dining at prices that are very competitive for this quality. Modern French and Spanish influences combine to create sumptuous degustation menus. Some of the imaginative presentation has to be seen to be believed, and staff are genuinely welcoming and helpful.


// Vegetarian

Copenhagen Ruzafa

Carrer del Literat Azorín, 8

Bright and vibrant, the buzz from this popular vegetarian restaurant seems to spread a contagion of good cheer all along the street. It does a very toothsome soy burger as well as top homemade pasta, but the truth is it’s all pretty tasty.

La Tastaolletes Barrio del Carmen

Carrer de Salvador Giner, 6

La Tastaolletes does a creative range of vegetarian tapas and mains. Pleasantly informal, it serves good, wholesome food created from quality prime ingredients. Salads are large and leafy, and desserts (indulge in the cheesecake with stewed fruits) are a dream. There’s a daily lunch for €12 and outdoor seating.


// Tapas

Tasca Ángel Ciutat Vella

Carrer de la Puríssima, 1

This no-frills place has been in business for 70 years and is famous for its fishy tapas, but in particular grilled sardines, which are delicious. Order them with a cold beer or white wine and find inner peace.

La Pilareta Ciutat Vella

Carrer del Moro Zeid, 13

Earthy, century-old and barely changed, La Pilareta is great for hearty tapas and clóchinas (small, juicy local mussels), available between May and August. For the rest of the year it serves mejillones (mussels), altogether fatter if less tasty. A platterful comes in a spicy broth that you scoop up with a spare shell. It’s got atmosphere in spades.

Casa Guillermo València’s Beaches

Carrer del Progrés, 15

Looking spruce and modern these days, this renowned Cabanyal spot has a stratospheric reputation for its anchovies, which are very tasty, if rather pricey. Other dishes are innovative, delicious and more reasonable.

Bodega Casa Montaña València’s Beaches

Carrer de Josep Benlliure, 69

One of València’s most characterful spots, with venerable barrels and an older-era atmosphere, this place has been around since 1836. There’s a superb, changing selection of wines and a long list of exquisite tapas, including many seafood conserves. We fell in love with the smoked eel, but it’s all great.

Bodega Anyora València’s Beaches

Carrer d’en Vicent Gallart, 15

An evocation of old València through a modern design eye, this rehabilitated old bodega is visually lovely, with gleaming handmade tiles, a traditional floor and fresco vegetables on the walls. It does snacks to accompany your vermouth as well as quality fuller plates, which are based on nose-to-tail local tradition with a few modern twists and something for vegetarians, too.

Bodega La Peseta València’s Beaches

Carrer del Crist del Grau, 16

This Cabanyal alternative icon has had a bit of a makeover and seems a little gentrified, but it’s still an enjoyable, eclectic place next to the Grao market. Tasty tapas and decent wines and vermouth make it a good pre-lunch stop.

Convent Carmen

Plaza Portal Nuevo, 6

In the heart of Carmen, this old convent has left behind its original function to become a center of cultural leisure with a powerful gastronomic market, offering more than 100 dishes, served in their gardens.


Dulce de Leche Russafa

Carrer del Pintor Gisbert, 2

Delicious sweet and savoury snacks with an Argentine twist are the stock-in-trade of this delicately decorated corner cafe. The coffee is organic, the juices delicious and the service quality. It looks posh but prices are very reasonable. The weekend brunch is well priced and tasty.

La Más Bonita València’s Beaches

Passeig Marítim de la Patacona, 11

Pretty in turquoise and white, this idyllically situated beachfront place has comfy outdoor seating, a hipster vibe and a big interior and patio. It’s a charming venue for breakfast in the sun, or for muffins, cheesecakes or other delicacies any time of day. There’s also a terrace right on the promenade and a chiringuito (beach bar) on the sand itself.



Barrio del Carmen Carrer de Roteros, 21

The decor is stylish, modern and unpretentious – just like Francisco Borell and his cheery young team, who offer friendly service, an imaginative à la carte selection and a particularly good-value lunch menu (€11.90 weekdays). Portions are small but tasty.

Canalla Bistro Russafa

Carrer del Mestre Josep Serrano, 5,

Chic but commodious, with an interior featuring packing crates, cartoon chickens and other decorative quirks, this is where top Valencian chef Ricard Camarena can be a little more light-hearted. Sensationally presented dishes draw their inspiration from street food from around the world. Creative, fun and delicious.


Barrio del Carmen Calle Alta (Dalt), nº 42

Named for the civil-war hideout opposite and simply decorated in whitewashed brick, Refugio preserves some of the Carmen barrio’s former revolutionary spirit. Excellent Med-fusion cuisine is presented in lunchtime menus of surprising quality: there are some stellar plates on show, though the veggie options aren’t always quite as flavoursome. Evening dining is high quality and innovative.


Las Fallas, declared by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, are a unique celebration in the world. The Valencians live the tradition of this popular festival with authentic fervor and prepare for it throughout the year.

Fallas artists adorn the streets with huge wooden monuments that fill them with color, satire and good humour, while the smell of gunpowder and the festive atmosphere spread throughout Valencia.

After starting with the “Plantá de las fallas infantiles” on teh 15th of March, the different events will continue, such as the different “Mascletás”, until culminating with the spectacular “Nit del Foc” at dawn from the 18th to the 19th of March and the exciting “Cremá” on the same day 19 with the famous burning of the faults