Is Valencia a good place to live? Location is everything when considering any move abroad…Valencia is perfectly positioned on Spain’s eastern coast and with easy accessibility, you could easily make it your forever home. Here are six very good reasons, apart from its location of course, why Valencia makes such a wonderful place to live:
Valencia has a wonderful all year round climate and with over 22,000 hours of sunshine on average every year, so it’s easy to see why so many Europeans come here to live.
2. Cheaper to live
The city offers the same as Barcelona and Madrid in terms of great restaurants and tapas bars, excellent transport systems and quality hotels but at much cheaper prices than its rivals.
With three beaches within walking distance of the city centre: Las Arenas, Malvarrosa and El Cabañal. The restaurants and tapas bars along the promenades offer time-honoured rice dishes like paellas and fideuá (noodles), cooked with a choice of local meats, vegetables or seafood. With a variety of trendy cocktail bars and restaurants to sit, you can relax and take in all the sights. There are many natural beaches along Valencia’s coastline for those who like to take a picnic.
Valencia is made up from its historical centre, the city centre itself (which is great for shopping), the beach area and the metropolitan areas surrounding the city. From the beach, the city is only a 15-minute metro ride into the centre. The centre is steeped in history starting with the cathedral. If you wish to climb the 207 steps up to the top of the Micalet, your reward for doing so is the best panoramic view of the city. You can see the holy grail which is a historic relic on show in Valencia cathedral receiving thousands of visitors year-round. Valencia’s rich history is evident everywhere, it’s reflected in their fiestas and traditions, their food and language.
5. Rolling countryside
Once out of the city, you don’t have to travel far to find beautiful green countryside, rolling hills, mountain ranges, lakes and fields of orange trees. Valencia is a mountainous region with some great walks with panoramic vantage points. If you drive an hour and a half northwest of the city, you can even enjoy a day skiing in the mountains with a choice of two ski resorts located the area of Teruel and some lovely rustic towns and rustic cuisine.
A short distance outside of Valenica city and only 30 minutes from the beaches, you have a wide choice of towns. All of the towns are located in picturesque countryside areas that have many villas for sale and at competitive prices. Ranging from the towns and areas in the southwest region just outside the city like Montroy, Monserrat, Llombai, Catadau and Turis. In the northwest areas of the province you will find bustling towns like Vilamarxant, Lliria and La Pobla de Vallbona . Here, it is still possible to find three-bedroom villas with a swimming pool for sale starting from just 100.000 Euros at this current time.
6. Coffee Culture
Coffee bar culture is everywhere and there are some lovely coffee houses throughout the city and surrounding towns. Spanish love their coffee and it’s a tradition that is deep-set, there’s a coffee shop on every corner, so be prepared to ignite your passion for coffee!
Despite it’s rich and colourful history, Valencia has many modern areas, just take a look at the City of Arts and Sciences, home to a host of amazing buildings including Europe’s biggest aquarium: The Oceanografic. It is also the site of the Science Museum, the Hemispheric and the concert hall for Valencia’s orchestra: The Palau de les Artes. Valencia as a community has so much to offer, it is a beautiful place to live with a long-established culture to match, so we hope to see you here house hunting very soon.