Expats moving to Valencia rave about everything that this coastal city has to offer.
General Information About Valencia
As Spain's third largest city, Valencia offers expats an alternative to Madrid and Barcelona. As with Barcelona, the Valencia metropolitan area is situated on the Mediterranean Sea, which can make for a nice alternative to landlocked Madrid for those looking to be on or near the water.
Cost of Living in Valencia
An expat planning to retire in Valencia asked about the possibility of moving there with a budget of $2500 a month. One expat responded that "This is a high amount and it is possible to live well with less. Renting is not that expensive and regular expenses [are low]."
The Cost of Living in Valencia is lower than the cost of living in Barcelona and Madrid. Here are some comparisons of the Cost of Living of Valencia vs. New York City and the Cost of Living of Valencia vs. New York City.
Expats Advise Visiting Valencia First - For Fun
An expat in Valencia shared: "I had also visited the city several times to make sure I knew what I was going to encounter. The people here are amazing, and very friendly, for the most part. The cultural aspects of this area are also incredible, and there are so many things to enjoy about the city."
Trips to experience a city before you move there are critical. When it's as fun and exhilarating as Valencia it's an added bonus that you're not only scouting out your potential new home but also taking a trip of a lifetime.
Best Neighborhoods in Valencia
First, you should know that the term "barrio" in Spanish means "neighborhood." Those coming from the United States might recognize it as a reference to a neighborhood where most people speak Spanish. In Spain, it is a more general term for any neighborhood.
Ruzafa - Expats from New York City or London who would be comfortable in their respective "SOHOs" will find themselves at home in Ruzafa. In other words, it's a great place for off-beat culture with lots of great shops and restaurants.
- Once a village that was near Valencia, it is now a district that attracts a lot of students due to its proximity to universities. It is located in the north east of the city and borders the districts of Alboraia (to the north), Orriols (to the west), the University of Valencia district (to the East) and Primat Reig (to the south). Enjoy Carnival here in February and, with the rest of the city, participates in Fallas.
Canovas - Boasting an attractive layout and availability of apartments for people with a wide-range of budgets, Canovas also offers plenty of restaurants and cultural opportunities without the counter-cultural baggage of some of the other popular districts in Valencia.
Visit airbnb Valencia to find a place to stay when you go to explore Valencia.
Expat Healthcare in Valencia, Spain
Expat healthcare in Spain is considered excellent by world standards. One expat wrote: "My policy costs 1017 Euros or about $1109 annually. It can also be paid monthly through a bank deduction. There is no co-pay, which is the requirement for the Spanish visa, so most treatment is included, but not prescriptions or outside consultation."
Here is a medical list for Valencia from the U.S. consulate in Valencia.
Expat Advice on Life in Valencia
An expat living in Valencia shared about her treatment in the city:
"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."
She added that "Lifestyle in Valencia is about family, friends and enjoying the Mediterranean lifestyle."
Speaking Spanish in Valencia
An expat living in Valencia advised others to learn Spanish, while others have said it's possible to get by without learning the language. One expat shared "In Valencia, you will have more opportunity to use Spanish - although in the Old Town many people in the restaurants and shops speak English."