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First Impressions of Valencia


As an international recently moved to Valencia, here are some of my first impressions in case you are considering making the move to Valencia too!


  1. So much to do!

Upon moving to Valencia I realised just how many things there are to see and do in this city! Whether you like sport, art, film or architecture there is really something for everyone. Here are some of my top spots to visit:

  • City of Arts and Sciences: the breath taking architecture and the range of facilities like the IMAX cinema, the opera house, the aquarium and the science museum make this an absolute must-see!
  • Bioparc Valencia: this ‘zoo’ is spectacular and the best part is that it houses the animals in their natural environments, making it feel less like a zoo and more like the wild!
  • City Bike Tour: the weather here is unbeatable and with new bike lanes all across the city, the city bike tour is such a great way to see what Valencia has to offer! Some of the main monuments along the tour are: Serranos Towers, Barrio del Carmen, Plaza de la Reina and the Tower of Miguelete.
  1. Transport made easy

One of the first things I found was how easy it is to get around! The metro network in Valencia is easily accessible and reliable too. Also, there are scooters and bicycles stationed around the city that you can hire day to day or just for a one-way journey! The Mobilis card is another plus which allows you to use all public transport in the city and it’s affordable too.

  1. Beach vibe

Lastly, Valencia has a coastal feel to it. The palm trees, light coloured buildings, sunny skies and abundant Mediterranean restaurants really give it a beach vibe! And of course, the beach is right here, only 10 minutes by car from the centre to Playa de la Malvarrosa. This makes Valencia a completely different option to Madrid and a great place to visit or move to if you really want to get a feel for the Spanish culture and way of life!


To find out about even more activities on offer in Valencia, click here. Or if you would like to visit for a longer stay, check out the various custom programs we have to offer.

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