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FITC Football Academy visit Valencia

The Essex based football academy FITC visited Valencia in May with 12 players (and 12 parents) and three coaches including the head of the academy, Nicky Fitch. The plan was to take in the footballing sites of the city before enjoying a coaching session with local top flight side Levante UD, before a friendly match against the same clubs academy, a very exciting prospect for both FITC and Valencia Sports Tours alike as this was our first collaboration with Levante UD in this manner.

Day 1 – Arrival and the Mestalla

With FITC staying for two nights, every part of the trip was taken care of. After the coach collected the group from the airport and checked into the hotel, following a little refreshment, it was back on the coach and straight to Valencia CFs famous Mestalla Stadium for a tour. A club steeped in history, with players such as Kempes, Ayala, Silva, Villa and more adorning the walls, plus the chance to take in the changing rooms and of course go pitchside and sit in the dugouts, this was a great way to start the tour for everyone involved. With all the football activities on day two, it was now time to relax for the rest of the afternoon and evening. With the FITC hotel accommodation featuring a great pool on the roof and the famous Valencia blue skies prominent, most of the group spent the afternoon in or around the water, while others took to the Turia park and a visit into the old town area of El Carmen. A three course meal included at the hotel brought everyone together in the evening before the long day took its toll.

Day 2 – Levante UD

Valencia Sports Tours partnership with Levante UD allows teams to come to Valencia and train at their facilities just north of the city. Should the visiting sides be of a high standard, we are also able to offer friendly fixtures against the Levante academy sides, offering both parties the opportunity to test their metal against international opposition. This is what FITC came for and the day didn’t disappoint.

The day started with the short drive to Levante’s stadium (Estadi Ciutat de Valencia) where they were greeted by Ferdi, one of their coaches for the session later on but also the man who would take the group around the club’s stadium. Levante has a very different feel to Valencia, a smaller club without as many trophies but more than a match with their history. Taking the kids into the Levante family was the message and this led perfectly into the coaching session which took place at their Buñol training ground. Ferdi and two other coaches (including the club’s youth goalkeeping coach) took an hour and a half session with FITC, working through exercises which encompassed the clubs methodology. Thoroughly enjoyed by all, this led into lunch before Nicky and his two FITC coaches had the opportunity to sit with Pablo Rota, head of methodology at Levante UD, an opportunity that was gratefully received by Nicky and his team.

Following a break and lunch, it was onto the game. The U12 side from Essex started with real pressure, fully dominating the opening period they were able to take control of the game with two goals unanswered in the first half, although Levante showed glimpses of what they could offer. Following the break a hard-fought game saw the home side come back with two second half goals to draw level but it was FITC who seemed to finish the stronger but honours remained even at the final whistle.

The day finished around the dining table at the hotel, discussing the day that had passed. With the evening of free time the final part of the trip before the coach back to the airport in the morning of Day 3, the time seemed to have flown by. The players, parents and staff all returned to the UK with many memories and positive experiences to take home with them.

We can’t wait to see FITC again in the future and thanks to Nicky and Daniel at Levante UD for their commitment to making the tour a successful one.

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Valencia CF and Levante UD La Liga Round Up

Valencia Mestalla

The weekend of 19 May saw two important events here in Valencia, my birthday and the final weekend of the La Liga season for our two local sides. Although in different halves of the table, both sides have achieved more than was expected of them, with both clubs and sets of fans very happy with the final positions.

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For Levante UD, after a stunning previous season that saw them walk the second division and secure promotion to the top flight, the prime target was stay in the league and not head straight back down. Levante started well with two wins and three draws in their first five matches (including a win against Villareal and draws away to Real Madrid and home to local rivals Valencia). However, things took a very sharp turn for the worse, with only one win from the end of September 2017 until the board sacked manager Muniz on 4 March 2018, the Granotas were in a very different position, precariously placed near the bottom of the table and a very bleak outlook. The board promoted reserve team coach and former Levante player Paco Lopez to take over until the end of the season. Although this temporary appointment didn’t fill Levante supporters with promise, it couldn’t have gone any better, in fact no one could quite believe the transformation. With a title chasing 25 points from an available 33, including a 5-4 home victory against Barcelona in the penultimate game of the season (the champions only defeat of an almost perfect season) Levante UD finished in a very respectable 15th, 17 points off the relegation zone and only 14 points away from a European spot. The club finished on a massive high and we hope they can take this into the new season.

Levante UD beat Barcelona 5-4 to stop their unbeaten season

Valencia CF were consistent from day one. With both Real and Athletico Madrid as opponents in their first 3 matches, drawing against both and winning their opener meant only Barcelona’s perfect start separating what would end up as the final top four teams. Valencia ran through until Xmas on good form with Real Madrid slipping up on several occasions, so by Xmas Eve, Valencia were just 2 points behind Athletico on 36 and 3 ahead of Real on 31. Form and morale was high and with Sevilla in 5th position with a very hit and miss type of season, it was Valencia’s champions league spot to lose.

2018 started well for Los Che, winning their first few matches and pulling away from a rocking Real Madrid side who drew to Celta Vigo and then lost at home to Villareal, before they undone all their hard work with a loss to Las Palmas, who would eventually be relegated. Then two further losses, a heavy 4-1 home defeat to Real followed by another to Athletico away the week after and the tables were finally turning. Would Valencia be able to rally and stay in contention? Yes they could! Back on track with wins against local rivals Levante and then bottom club Malaga saw them pick themselves up and move away from any challengers behind and well in contention for 3rd spot alongside Real Madrid, with Athletico Madrid the only side anywhere near Barcelona. The results kept coming, but with Real also moving at the same rate, Valencia ended up in a very strong 4th position on 73 points, some 12 points ahead of closest rivals Villareal and looking a completely different side to the one who finished 12th the previous year with just 46 points having suffered 18 losses. New manager Marcelino has done a fantastic job following on from ‘Caretaker’ manager Voro after he took the club through to the end of last season following a terrible period under Italian Prandelli.

So Valencia CF move into next season with Champions League football to look forward to and Levante UD looked every bit a decent side by the end of the season, with every chance of kicking on and shedding the yo-yo club moniker it has somewhat obtained from recent years. Moving into the 2018/19 season, there will more incredible matches like the 5-4 Levante win VS Barca, Real’s 4-1 win at the Mestalla, local derby matches, Copa Del Rey and Champions League to look forward to in Valencia. Make sure you take the opportunity to visit this wonderful city and experience the best sport in the world here too!

Barry Eaton

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Visit Valencia and watch Valencia CF VS Real Madrid this January – Offer

With Valencia flying high in La Liga, this fixture takes on another dimension this January. Valencia VS Real Madrid has always held some tension and magic but with the positions of both teams at present, for several years, this fixture has not had the importance in respect of league positioning than it has this season.

Following Real Madrid’s loss on 2016/17 season here at the Mestalla, they will be desperate to revenge this defeat as well as set themselves up for the remainder of the season in their chase for the title. Valencia on the other hand will hope they are still hot on the tails of Barcelona at the end of January and want to push Real Madrid further away from challenging.

All is set up of an amazing match on the weekend of 27 January and you can be here in Valencia to watch the occasion unfold.

 

FROM AN INCREDIBLE £279, YOU CAN VISIT THE CITY WITH THIS PACKAGE –

2 NIGHTS IN A CENTRAL 3* HOTEL WITH BREAKFAST – Either Friday to Sunday or Saturday to Monday (match 27 January, 16:15)
AIRPORT TRANSFERS
TICKETS TO SEE VALENCIA VS REAL MADRID

PLUS, the following week, Real Madrid return to Valencia to play another La Liga match against Levante at Estadi Ciutat de Valencia, and we will be offering the same package from £245.

We will be happy to advise you on all elements of your stay from places to visit, eat and drink and anything else you would like to experience in Valencia.

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Price based on two people sharing a room. Single person supplement available.
Additional nights or reduced length of stay possible, please contact us to discuss your options.
Airport transfers from Valencia Airport to hotel only. Transfer options from Castellon (1 hour) and Alicante (2 hours) available at additional cost.

PRICES ABOVE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DEPENDING ON TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR EITHER MATCH

 

Ridiculous Offer!! See Barcelona and Athletico Madrid in Valencia this November

We have put together a package that will make ticket sellers weep! From ONLY £349  per person (based on 2 sharing) you can have all this –

From Friday 24 – Monday 27 November
3 nights in central Valencia 3* Hotel with breakfast
Return airport transfers
Tickets to watch Valencia vs Barcelona at the Mestalla
Tickets to watch Levante vs Athletico Madrid at Estadi Ciutat de València
As much advice and support in making the rest of your weekend in Valencia as incredible as possible!

With return flights on these dates direct for as little as £50, this is a no brainer for all football fans across the UK!

Should you wish to discuss this further, create your own bespoke package or just take in one of the matches, just let us know and we can offer a price just for you.

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The Valencia Derby at Levante on 16 September

With Levante UD now back in the top flight of La Liga, the city of Valencia is buzzing about the renewed rivalry between the two local clubs. On 16 September, the battle will commence and we have tickets available for you.

From ONLY *£140 per person, you can visit Valencia for 2 nights in a city centre hotel including breakfast and this includes your tickets to the match!! If you visit the football ticketing site, already this match is selling for extraordinary amounts, with prices well over £140 for just your match day ticket so we know our value is second to none!

Levante have stepped up to the task so far this season with a win at home against a decent Villareal, followed by a well deserved draw against Deportivo de la Coruña in an exciting match which a very soft sending off against Levante who were on top for the 90 minutes, except for 2 chances for the away side which saw 2 goals before half time.

Valencia have also started positive, something that cannot be said in the previous couple of seasons with an expected home win on match day 1, followed up by a great 2-2 draw against Real Madrid away from home.

So the stage is set for a great Valencia derby, make sure you are a part of it.

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*Based on two people sharing a hotel room.

New La Liga season, visit & watch Valencia and newly promoted Levante!

This weekend sees the start of the new La Liga season and for 2017, with the dominating display of Levante UD last term, they now join Valencia in the top flight.

As a result you have double the opportunity to enjoy some of Europes best teams play in the city but not only that, the two local teams will square up twice in a hotly contested derby match which have been electric in past years.

Below we have highlighted some of the notable weekends available to you to come to Valencia and enjoy matches at the two great local stadiums, the imposing Mestalla and the Estadi Ciutat de València. Weekend of note for those looking to get as much football in as possible, the weekend of 24 November sees Valencia vs Barcelona and Levante vs Athletico Madrid!!

Get in touch now to book your football weekend and we will create a package perfect for you, with transfers, accommodation, match tickets, restaurants, nights out and more, whatever you want to get out of you weekend, we will provide. Packages start from an amazing £80!! Contact us here.

Matches of note –

Mon 21 Aug – 7:15pm: Levante vs Villareal – TICKETS & PACKAGES STILL AVAILABLE
Sat 9 Sept – 4:15pm: Valencia vs Athletico Madrid
w/k of 16 Sept: Levante vs Valencia
w/k of 21 Oct: Valencia vs Sevilla
w/k of 25 Nov: Valencia vs Barcelona AND Levante vs Athletico Madrid
w/k of 19 Dec: Valencia vs Villareal
w/k of 27 Jan: Valencia vs Real Madrid
w/k of 3 Feb: Levante vs Real Madrid
w/k of 10 Feb: Levante vs Valencia
w/k of 28 April: Levante vs Sevilla
w/k of 12 May: Levante vs Barcelona
Of course there are many other great matches and weekends of football for both sides so for all fixtures, visit the Sky Sports La Liga page HERE
Before booking flights, please wait for advice from us on the best dates for your trip.
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Stay in central Hotel plus tickets for Valancia VS Real Sociedad from only £70

Package Options

Package Options

- Choose number of nights stay over match date of Wednesday 26 April

- Include tickets for Valencia CF VS Real Sociedad at the incredible Mestalla

- Add transfers, restaurant bookings, club entry, golf day and so much more

- From ONLY £70 per person (one night in hotel and match day tickets, based on 2 people sharing). Match tickets only available on request. Flights currently from £60 return from London

The Match

The Match

Real Sociedad have had a great season, sitting at time of publish in a Europa League spot, it is vital that they keep pushing for points right until the end of the season and a visit to a resurgent Valencia side is an exciting prospect.

Valencia are all but safe following a shocking first half of the season that saw them in a potential relegation batter. Following a stunning home win against Real Madrid, the results have improved somewhat and are now mid table. But with a die hard fan base not satified and still hurting from the last 18 months of under performing, finishing the season in style is a must, making this match have more importance to a team which looking at the table, doesn't have a lot to play for.

Accommodation and Flight Info

Accommodation and Flight Info

The basic package offers a centrally located 3* hotel. However we have many options with 4*, 5* and apartments available for your stay. All accommodation will be located centrally so you can access the buzzing city and Mestalla itself with ease.

Direct flights to Valencia go from Gatwick, Standsted, Luton, East Midlands, Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin. Bristol and Stansted also fly to Valencia Castellon, which is about an hour from the centre of Valencia. As mentioned, some london flights are currently as low as £60 return around the dates of this match.

For more information or to book your tickets, please contact us via our CONTACTS PAGE HERE. Please confirm tickets prior to booking your flights!

Stay in Valencia and watch Valencia VS Real Madrid for only £95

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- Fantastic apartment in centre of the city, one night 22 February

- Great tickets to watch Valencia VS Real Madrid at the famous Mestalla

- Price based on 4 sharing - £95

- Price based on 3 sharing - £110

- Price based on 2 sharing - £130

The match takes place on WEDNESDAY 22 FEBRUARY. Additional days stay are available on request

The Match

The Match

Valencia's most passionate and anticipated match of any season is against Real Madrid at home in the incredible Mestalla. No love is ever lost for this match and the atmosphere, especially as an evening match during the week, will be incredible.

Valencia are not having the best of seasons, but following a few decent results, are moving up the table and will want to move into the latter part of the season on a high with a crucial win. They will also want to put a stop on Real's charge for the title.

Witness some top level football with arguably the worlds best footballer CHRISTIANO RONALDO, plus the likes of BALE, BENZIMA and some of the Valencia youngsters that hope to follow in the footsteps of Los Che greats like Kempes, Cañizares, Ayala, Romario and more recently, David Silva, David Villa, Jordi Alba and Juan Mata.

Flights and Accommodation

Flights and Accommodation

Flights are currently between £50-£75 RETURN from London airports with Ryanair (Stansted) and Easyjet (Gatwick and Luton). Flights are also great times with an early morning flight out Weddnesday and an evening flight back Thursday, giving you two full days in the city. Flights from East Midlands, Manchester and Glasgow are also available.

The apartment is based right in the centre of Valencia and walking distance to the Mestalla itself! The apartment has two bedrooms and perfect for 2 to 4 people for this short stay. Also, with a creamics expo happening during this week, hotels are impossible to find and if you can, prices sky high!!

Contact us NOW by sending a message to info@valenciasportstours.com or call +44(7870) 215 474. This offer is very limited so do not hesitate!!

Please check with us if booking flights for confirmation of game date and time. Ticket only option without accommodation available, please ask for a quote.