Valencia is an expat’s beloved choice for its affordable rental prices, quality of life, and of course, the accessibility to the beach. Anyone can tell you that living in Valencia is a wonderful experience – but why? Here are 5 reasons you should pack your bags and move to Valencia!

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1. Rich in history

Valencia is one of those cities with history on every corner – especially if you live in the city centre. It’s the magic of the narrow cobblestone streets, and buildings with hundreds of stories. It’s the squares that come alive at night, and the mysterious churches that are a fantastic sight to see. And let’s not forget to mention everything you get to learn in Valencia’s museums – the city comes with a spectacular history and it’s waiting for you to explore it.

2. Unique traditions

Living in Valencia, you’ll notice many traditions you can’t really find anywhere else in Spain. Well, maybe you can, but every Spanish city is special – we promise this is not just a cliche. Valencia’s mega festival Las Fallas (15th – 19th March) attracts many people from around the world, and Dia de Valencia (9 Oct) creates a unforgettable atmosphere and local pride.

3. Accessibility to the rest of Spain

Valencia is close to Madrid, as well as Barcelona, making it easy to commute for anyone who wants to opt out of living in a huge city. Madrid is less than 2 hours away by fast train, and you can get to Barcelona in 3 hours. On top of that, you could easily make it a weekend trip to Mallorca, Alicante, or any other seaside place for the well-deserved peace of mind.

4. The delicious food

One of the big advantages of Valencia is its food. All-i-Pebre, Horchata, Mojama de atun, Sepia amb Ceba, and of course Paella. Top it up with Agua de Valencia and you’ll never be able to leave this city.

5. The glorious weather

If you’re a fan of the sun, but hate cold Madrid’s winters, Valencia might be your perfect choice. I can’t tell you how good it feels to replace the December weather in Madrid to a 20C sunny weather in Valencia during December. If you’re here to chase the sun, you should definitely chase it in Valencia.

Bonus: the cost of living

Valencia comes with an added bonus that many other Spanish cities tend to miss: the cost of living. No matter where you want to live, you’ll be able to find some affordable apartments or rooms to rent in the area. There’s really no wonder that so many students, as well as others, move to Valencia and make it their base. We totally get it! Brb, packing bags ?

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