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Location spotlight: Valencia

Location spotlight: Valencia

The tapestry of Valencia entwines a capital city with high cultural cachet, a wild rural retreat and a bustling beachside. Cosseted on three sides by mountains and on the fourth by the Mediterranean Sea, in the centre of the province is a flat plain where the city of Valencia sits like a crown. Both the city and the province are sought after by property hunters, enticed by the subtropical climate, the sweet smell of orange groves and the sights and sounds of the year-round fiestas.

The Costa de Valencia meets the Costa Blanca to the north and the Costa del Azahar to the south. It’s the best coastline from which to catch a boat to the Balearics and many of the resort towns began life as either ports or fishing villages. Some of the beaches are long stretches of golden sand whereas others are sheltered coves. The numerous ports make this shore popular with boat owners; moorings can be found up and down the coast.

Valencia city is not only the capital of the province but the capital of the whole of the Valencia Community, which incorporates Alicante and Castellón too. It is the fourth largest city in Spain and has an abundance of great restaurants, exciting nightlife and is home to one of the most famous fiestas in Spain — Las Fallas. It has a clean, safe city beach and the beautiful Jardin del Turia public park running through the centre. The avant-garde architecture of The City of Arts and Sciences sits alongside the fairytale towers of the mediaeval Old Town. 

Other cities worth exploring include Lliria, an ancient town famous for its music schools and orchestras, the tranquil town of Oliva, popular with property hunters looking to be near beaches with waves for windsurfing or kite-surfing, and finally Gandia – another beachside city but with a distinctive Valencian flavour.

Valencia airport is just outside the city and has flight connections to several European countries. Within the city, there is an extensive network of Metro trains and trams. It’s worth noting that Valencia is a bilingual community and many of the street signs are in both Castilian (Spanish) and Valencian.

Who lives there?

Valencia city, in particular, is showing huge growth in property enquiries from international buyers. British, American, French, Dutch, German and Scandinavian nationals make up the expat community.

There’s everything from rural homes, urban townhouses and coastal villas and apartments on offer. One third of properties sold are purchased by international buyers. The average property skims just under the national average by 15% at €210,000.

Why do they come?

The city of Valencia in itself is a huge draw to this region, not only because of the beauty and entertainment it provides but because of the booming economy. There are plenty of city centre properties to choose from or opt for one of the many satellite communities that house people who prefer to commute. Valencia province has an excellent gastronomic scene as well as a varied culture of traditional festivals.

The low cost of living attracts digital nomads taking advantage of high-speed internet, families looking to relocate while maintaining an easy connection to home and retirees who want to enjoy the energy of living in a bustling city without the overcrowding you’ll find in places like Barcelona and Madrid. Our Podcast guest Mike chose this province so that his family, including many grandchildren, could easily visit him from various airports in the UK.

Explore more areas of Spain with our Guides to living in Spain.

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