There are many reasons that a person decides to settle in a place to live. Family ties, inertia and work are three of the obvious ones. However over recent years Lifestyle Design has become much more important. As we become more mobile and the world is shrunk by better communications in terms of both the internet and transport connections we have greater choice in life. If you are able to make a choice and are not tied down to your traditional hometown or a life driven by work and commuting why would you choose Valencia? Well, we have put together a not so short list for you. Let’s present, just for you, 112 Reasons to move to Valencia.
Paella in Valencia. Avoid the tourist areas and head down to El Palmar in the Albufera for the best ones
2) Two Opera Houses
The original Opera House or Palau De Música in Valencia has been superseded by the new one in the City of Arts and Sciences but the sound is better in this one.
3) The Mediterranean
Malvarrosa Beach by The Mediterranean. Warm, clear, clean water of the Mediterranean in Valencia.
4) The Turia Riverbed
Valencia’s Riverbed Park Is Truly Wonderful. A park, a tourist attraction, an outdoor gym, a sports field and a bike track all in one. Read more about it here.
5) Green Space
A Fantastic Park in La Eliana. Most small towns have their own secluded and shady parks to enjoy
6) The Science Museum
City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia By Night. The biggest tourist attraction in Spain is surprisingly in Valencia.
7) The Fallas Museum
Fallas Museum Where One Fallas Model Each Year is Rescued And Kept
La Virgen and her Flower Dress. Fallas is big, brash, loud and totally mad. A mid March fiesta that is unmissable.
Mascleta Fireworks In Valencia. A mascleta is loud, very loud, it also seems to defeat the object of fireworks being predominantly a daytime thing. But stand next to one and you will be amazed.
10) Ruzafa’s cafe society
Ubik Cafe In Ruzafa. One of the huge numbers of Coffee Shops in Valencia’s Hipster Paradise of Ruzafa
Fartons are Iced Buns Served With the Acquired Taste Horchata (Image by Wikipedia)
12) El Palmar
El Palmar In The Albufera at Sunset. This is where the rice for the Paella is grown and it is also a twitcher’s heaven at different times of year as migrating birds congregate.
13) The Albufera
Albufera Lake In Valencia. Surrounding El Palmar you can take a boat ride on the Albufera and enjoy the sun setting over water.
14) Valencia football club
Valencia Football Ground – Mestalla. They have another unfinished ground too but this 55000 capacity open ground is fantastic. Don’t go if you get vertigo.
15) Levante Football Club
Levante Football Ground in the Rain. Just promoted back to La Liga as champions and with season tickets from as little as 120 euros Levante are the hipster alternative to Valencia.
16) Minority Sports
Roller Derby In Valencia. One of the multitude of minority sports represented in Valencia.
17) Outdoor Lifestyle
The Outdoor Lifestyle in Valencia. It even includes playing Quidditch in the Turia park!
18) Cycle Tracks
Cycle Paths predominate in Valencia. One of the best cities in the world for the cyclist (Photo via Valencia Tourism)
20) the Sierra Calderona mountains
Views From The Sierra Calderona Mountains can be stunning all the way down to Valencia and the coast. On a very clear day you can see the balearics.
21) Loads of interesting trips within an hour of the city
Chulilla A Small Village Just 45 Minutes From Valencia is one of the amazing number of lovely little villages near to Valencia.
Naquera in the Sierra Calderona Mountains gets you away from the heat of the city and yet is just 20 minutes from the coast. Take a look at our properties in Naquera here.
23) Beach Bars
Beach Bars in Valencia. This one is on the Patacona and is one of five excellent and well priced places to spend a shady afternoon watching the kids play in the Mediterranean.
24) The Patacona
The Patacona Beach in Valencia is a Popular Place To meet Up And Shoot the Breeze. The beach wall doubles as a picnic table on summer nights. Grab your bit of wall early.
25) The Marina
The Marina Real in Valencia Was Developed For The America’s Cup. It now houses a variety of superyachts and less opulent sailboats.
The Aviary at the Oceanografic in Valencia. The best par of the City of Arts and Sciences to visit over and over again.
Lemurs at the Bioparc in Valencia. Due to be extended in the next two years the Bioparc has one of the best cafes in Valencia overlooking the savannah.
28) the Developing Parque Central
The Developing Parque Central in Valencia. First phase due for completion in September 2017. Will provide another huge urban park on top of the railway sidings in Valencia.
29) Affordable Housing
30) Decent Rental Costs
You can rent an apartment in Valencia from just 450 Euros per month
31) An Easy Life
Life in Valencia can be a lot more relaxing. You just have to know how to live it.
32) Ultra Fast Internet
With Ultra Fast 4g Internet all over the city you can work from anywhere.This post is being written in a coffee shop overlooking the Patacona beach.
33) the Metro
Valencia metro links up the whole city seamlessly. You can get from the airport into the centre in 20 minutes and to the beach in ten more.
Grab a Valenbisi Bike and Leave it Anywhere in the city. Amazing value at under 30 Euros per year.
35) the Muvim film and tv Museum
The Muvim Museum in Valencia with some of the most innovative graphic displays
36) Roman remains at the Almoina
The Roman Remains Found in Valencia are displayed underground at the Almoina. And we have a lot of Roman Remains in Valencia.
37) Lemon Trees
Lemon Trees Grow Like Weeds in Valencia. Just like the oranges you can find them everywhere.
Classical Facades Abound All Over The City. Just Walk Around Looking Up
39) Modernist and traditional architecture
City of Arts and Sciences Emphasises The Modern Architecture Whereas The Traditional Facades Above Give a Stunning Contrast
40) Agua De Valencia
Agua De Valencia? Orange Juice, Cava and Vodka. Not for the faint hearted as it goes down so easily.
41) The River Turia valley walk or bike ride
The River Turia Valley Walk or Bike Ride From Bugarra Into The City Has Loads Of Bridges Criss Crossing The River
42) Valencia Property
Valencia Property Making The Process of Buying in Valencia Look Easy For You (But of course)
43) Football Pitches Everywhere
One Of The Many Football Pitches in The River Turia. If football is your thing then you will not struggle to find a pitch to play on.
44) Fantastic Sports Facilities
Fantastic Sports Facilities Abound in Valencia But The Starting Point Is Open Public Space Such as The Beaches and Riverbed
45) Relaxed Police
The Police Are Generally Relaxed Here Except When The Royal Family Visit
46) Central Market
Valencia’s Central Market Dome and Ceiling. The Food Is Great but the Building is Even Better
Benimaclet Fruit Shop. Benimaclet is one of the lesser known student haunts in Valencia. On the edge of the city but well communicated and near to the Universities. A Great Place to Live
48) The Trade Fair
There Have Been Trade Fairs in Valencia Now For 100 Years. There’s probably one for your business or interests
49) Vintage Fashion Shops
Vintage Shops Can Be Found Everywhere Throughout The Carmen and Ruzafa in Valencia
Valencia Blues Almost Every Day
51) the Malvarrosa
Fountain at the Malvarrosa beach
52) the Cabanyal area
Traditional Fishermen’s Cottages In The Cabanyal Are Usually Tiled Often in a Quaint Way
53) The Sand Dunes at El Saler
Sand Dunes At El Saler Beach to the South of the City
54) Menus of the Day for Under Ten Euros
The Menu Del Día Is a Spanish tradition. Great Value For Money
55) The Silk Market
La Lonja – The Silk market in Valencia. A Trading Point For Marco Polo
56) Ruzafa Market
Ruzafa Street Market. There is the traditional food market and then the outside market a couple of days every week.
57) The Town Hall Visit
The Town Hall is Now Open For Visits After Years Of Being Closed. The New Government Wants You To See Inside
58) The Post Office Dome
The Post office Dome in Valencia. Walk in. Look Up
59) Urban Shopping
The Mercado de Colon in Valencia is One of the many Urban Shopping Centres in the City
60) Levante Cricket Club
Cricket in Valencia is Played at the Baseball Ground in the Turia Riverbed. Levante CC are always looking for more members.
61) Smoking Balconies
Most Valencia Apartments Don’t Have Terraces. Many Have Balconies Though Traditionally used To Smoke On. Keep an Eye Out For Them
62) The Ateneo Sky Bar in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento
The Ateneo Sky Bar in The Plaza del Ayuntamiento is a Great Place To Have Your Cocktail Overlooking the Square. The Building Isn’t Bad Either
They Love A Good Mascleta Daytime Fireworks Display in Valencia
64) Boat Rides on the Albufera
Relax on an Albufera Boat Trip From El Palmar. This guy gets it right
All-i-Pebre is a traditional Valencia dish. That’s why we have eels in here.
Valencia is the Home of Valencia oranges of course. Streets full of orange trees and the smell of orange blossom
67) Tree Lined Streets
Calle Barraca in the Cabanyal is just one of the many palm and orange lined streets in Valencia.
68) The Bridges
One of the many bridges that cross the riverbed in Valencia. Each Valencia bridge has its own style
69) Great Public Transport Options
Valencia Main Railway Station. A Great starting or finishing point for any journey and just one of the places to get around from Valencia.
70) Lack of Traffic
The lack of traffic in Valencia compared with most other major cities is striking. Even right in the centre there are not usually traffic jams in Valencia
71) Balcony Dressing Week in Ruzafa
A Decorated Balcony During Ruzafa’s balcony week. The idea is to speak out about social and societal issues
72) Fine Arts Museum
The Fine Arts Museum By The Riverbed in Valencia.
73) The Carmen
The Corner of Caballeros and Quart, the Plaza Tossal in Valencia’s Carmen District. Vintage shops, bars, clubs, restaurants and nightlife galore in the old town of Valencia
74) The Cafe Teatro Circuit
One of the many bars that appear on the cafe teatro Circuit in Valencia. Small theatre groups and stand up comedy can be seen regularly
75) Ubik Coffee Shop and Books
Ubik Cafe in Ruzafa. One of the best places to read, drink and eat
76) Cakes and Pastries in Ruzafa
The Dulce de Leche Cake Shop on Pintor Gisbert Is One of The Many You Can Find In Ruzafa
77) Arepas and Other South American Food Shops
Arepas Filled With Carne Mechada. You can find them all over Valencia
78) Chinatown Supermarkets
Chinatown in Valencia by the main railway station is a great place for shopping for all things Asian. Has a life of its own and is growing all the time.
79) An Airport Five Minutes From The City
Valencia Airport Where you can get the metro straight into the city centre or a car will take you there in just over 5 mins
80) Valencia City of Running
Fancy a half marathon or marathon in preparation for the World Marathon Championships?
81) Taxi Drivers Who Know The Way
Taxi Drivers in Valencia in general Know the way and actually take that route
Serra is a lovely little town in the Sierra Calderona mountain range just half an hour away from the city of Valencia
83) The Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Gardens are an excellent escape from the streets of central Valencia.
84) Paddle Board Paradise
The Mediterranean Is Often Like a Millpond. Perfect for paddle boarding, even at night
85) The Bullring
The bullring in Valencia. Best visited for beer festivals, concerts and photo opps
86) The Main Train Station
The Main Station Facade at Valencia’s Estacion del Norte
87) Original Version Cinemas
The Arthouse Cinema Near Avenida Aragon is just one of the cinemas showing VO films in Valencia
88) Lots of Universities
Valencia Has a Huge Student Population. The University, Poly and private Universities can be found in various districts of the city
89) A Young Population
If you are opening a business there is a large young population just waiting to be given a chance. Sometimes you can get them off their phones too 😉
90) The Tin Soldier Museum
The Tim Soldier Museum on Calle Caballeros as Featured on “Spectacular Spain” recently
91) The Sobremesa
The Sobremesa is that period after you eat all of this. The time spent chatting after a meal drinking coffee, having a bit more wine and shooting the breeze. It can go on for hours
It grows like a weed and is rather beautiful in the Valencian spring
93) The Torres Serranos
Serranos Towers. The gate to the city when the river was navigable up to the old city. Worth a trek up to look over the rooftops of the Old Town
94) The Old Arabic Walls
Underneath the Plaza de Tossal you can find a part of the old Arabic Walls of Valencia. Also in plenty of places in the centre you can find traces of the old city walls
95) El Cid
The Statue of El Cid in Valencia stands a little incongruously on the edge of the Plaza de España. Looks a little like Charlton heston as do most El Cid statues
96) Music and Concert Venues
Intimate or outdoor such as the Viveros summer concerts or the City of Arts and Sciences festivals. There are plenty of music events in Valencia every year
97) The Comedy Circuit
Not only Spanish stand up but imported acts now come into Valencia to do comedy in English too. Recently graced by Eddie Izzard, Tony Law and Dane Baptiste
98) The Casino
If you are into a night at the Casino then Valencia has two, one near the Congress Palace and the other in Puzol
99) The Cathedral
The rear of the Cathedral in Valencia by night in the Plaza de la Virgen.
100) The Holy Grail
Indiana Jones and Monty Python wasted their time. The Holy Grail was in Valencia all that time.
Valencia has one of the best network of Cycle Paths in the world. That and with the city being mostly totally flat it is a cyclist’s paradise
102) the Berklee concerts
The Berklee Concerts outdoors at the City of Arts and Sciences are a regular summer attraction.
103) Outside Gyms for Everyone
Outside gyms can be found at the beaches, sports centres and park all over Valencia for young and old alike
104) Terraces at the Bars
If you have an enviable climate you may as well take advantage right? Outside terraces at the bars and restaurants make al fresco drinking and dining perfect
105) The Smell of Orange Blossom
Ok you cannot smell it in the picture but get here and you will know what we are talking about. The smell of orange blossom infuses most houses in Valencia
106) That Afternoon Breeze That Blows Through The City
The Breeze in Valencia allows a lot of afternoon kite flying. It also cools down the city making the climate even more acceptable
Some hidden art deco buildings are scattered through Valencia. This one on Calle Castellon is particularly interesting
108) Hidden Bars That Are Cool
The Hidden Room at Casa Montaña Especially for groups of friends to have an intimate soiree
109) The Cat House in the Carmen
The Cat House is hidden away in the Carmen. Well worth seeking out just for discovering hidden corners of the Carmen
The second gate to the city still standing, the Torres Quart guard the entrance into Valencia from Madrid and mark the start of the old town
Glastonbury in the sun by the beach. Benicassim is possibly the best music festival in the World. Just an hour and a bit north of the city.
If there is injustice we love a good protest in Valencia. This was a sign during the 15M protests a few years back in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. Solidarity is strong in Valencia because community is strong.
Is that enough to attract you here then? If you are tempted then contact us below or by mail. We will take good care of you and find you your ideal Valencia Property. I have also been asked why 112 reasons? Well that’s what i got up to. What would you add in?