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An Expat Talks about Living in Valencia, Spain

Oct 30, 2018


Valencia, Spain

An expat in Valencia talks about enjoying the Mediterranean lifestyle. You'll need to learn Castellano and a little Valenciano.

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Valencia

How long have you lived there?

5 years

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

Language Exchange (Intercambio), Meet Ups.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

Personally as a Filipina/British expat, I have not experienced anything negative. However, Valencians are very proud of their culture and language. Valencia city is becoming more diverse and English speaking shops and services are now becoming more popular.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Entertainment, translation services and teaching are just some of the jobs I know that are popular.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Lifestyle in Valencia is about family, friends and enjoying the Mediterranean lifestyle.

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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

I would advise to do a lot of research especially if you are moving with children. Understand the Spanish education system and be prepared to learn Castellano and a little Valenciano.

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