When you are thinking of moving to Spain you are presented with a plethora of options as to places to base yourself. After all, Spain is such a rich and varied country with so many different and interesting places. However here in Valencia we are ever so slightly biased, so today we thought it time to look at why Valencia should be the place you base yourself so you can explore not only the region but also the rest of Spain.
Firstly, Valencia is very well situated and has an enviable climate. (As I write this it is pouring down outside but that is weather not climate) The World Health Organisation says that the Valencia region has the best climate in the World and for once I choose to believe them and not question the criteria. Over 320 days of sunshine and enough precipitation and humidity to make it greener than most other areas of Spain make it look good almost always.
This climate means that the “Huerta” (orchard) around Valencia is verdant and visually attractive of course but it also means that when you buy a house you often get orange and lemon trees as added extras, they sort of grow like weeds.
Valencia is also very well situated for visiting other parts of Spain and even better has fantastic communications. Whether we are talking about the superb AVE train to Madrid in just over an hour and a half at over 300km/h, the excellent motorway network or even the comprehensive public transport system or ridiculously cheap and efficient rental bike system in and around the city, you always have options and don’t forget, walking around Valencia is a visual delight too.
The fact is Valencia is a manageable city that you can actually . The two biggies in Spain are Madrid and Barcelona of course. Valencia is a quarter of the size without the pollution problems of Madrid, not to mention the climate, or the unsustainable tourist numbers in Barcelona, (it’s ridiculous and has meant the city is no longer a city to live in to the same extent it used to be, it is now much more a theme park). Valencia also doesn’t have the high cost of either yet it can boast of having equally good facilities and arguably a better lifestyle to offer.
And speaking of lifestyle when you ally the climate to the cost of living in the city, one of the lowest in Spain currently, and then add in a dash of fiesta, some excellent gastronomy, a city park to die for, some amazing day trips within an hour or two of the city and still within the Valencia region, an airport just a ten minute taxi ride into the city, superb sports facilities not only in the city itself but in every small town and village surrounding it and a fantastic city beach reachable in ten minutes from the centre, then the lifestyle cocktail adds up to something very tasty.
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