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The clock is ticking, and it’s the final countdown to your move to Valencia. I was in your exact shoes in June of this year when I decided, on a whim, to spend the summer in Valencia, a city I’d never been to before. Unlike the mixed reviews I got about other Spanish cities, everyone seemed to collectively love Valencia, which totally justified my somewhat crazy decision.

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Now that I’ve been in Valencia for a month, I can honestly say that Spain’s third-largest city is guaranteed to enchant you with its beautiful architecture, kind-hearted people, and delicious food – whether you’re here for 6 months, 1 year or more. While moving abroad is never an easy feat, follow these tips both before and after your arrival to ensure a smooth move to Valencia so you can start enjoying the fiestas and siestas.

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What to do before arrival: 

Join the Expats in Valencia group

Need advice on getting a NIE, finding a cool gym, or unearthing Valencia’s hidden gems? Then Expats in Valencia is the right group for you! It is filled with knowledgeable expats from all over the world and is an excellent resource for all your burning Valencia questions. What’s more – they host plenty of fun events such as tapas outings, networking events and more.

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I’ve learned incredibly important things such as where to get the best internet, how to decipher a menu utilizing the power of miming, where to find the best horchata, and where to get my nails done at a reasonable price. #Priorities.

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