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Valencia: Europe's Rising Star
Friday, September 8, 2023 @ 7:57 PM


One city that has recently gained the spotlight for expatriates looking to transition into Europe is Valencia. Over the last decade and a half, Valencia, Spain's third-largest city, has metamorphosed remarkably, making it one of the most appealing places to reside in Europe. Valencia’s charm is undeniable, with its superb quality of life, vibrant culture, excellent infrastructure and commendable public services.

A City Reimagined

Valencia's journey began around 20 years ago, when city planners embarked on an ambitious program to reinvent the city. They skillfully managed to balance maintaining Valencia’s historical roots while embracing modernity. Coasts were cleaned up, historical monuments were preserved, parks were beautified, and old, run-down areas were regenerated, paving the way for a fresh, vibrant, and sustainable city.

An outstanding example of this transformation is the Turia Gardens, a park created on a dried-up river bed, now one of the largest urban parks in Spain, known for its vibrantly manicured gardens, sports facilities, and playgrounds.



Infrastructural and Technological Revolution

In terms of infrastructure, Valencia has seen transformative changes as well. Today, Valencia boasts a well-developed transport system comprising a high-speed railway network, a state-of-the-art airport, and an efficient tram and bus service, all ensuring seamless connectivity throughout the city.

As for technological advancement, Valencia has embraced a smart city model, ensuring high-speed internet availability throughout the city, making it an extremely attractive option for digital nomads and foreign businesses looking to establish their presence in Spain.

Quality of Life

Over the years, Valencia has done an excellent job of balancing bustling city life with peaceful seaside living. The city offers a perfect blend of clean streets, safe neighbourhoods, tastefully designed architecture, and an impressive range of outdoor activities, not forgetting the city’s famous blue flag beaches.

Additionally, Valencia prides itself on its healthcare system, which is frequently ranked amongst the world’s best, giving residents access to excellent healthcare facilities and services.

Valencia's cost of living also plays a significant role. Despite the rise in popularity, living costs - such as housing, eating out, groceries, and transportation - remain significantly lower compared to other Spanish cities like Barcelona and Madrid or other major European cities.

Also noteworthy are the city's initiatives towards sustainability, including its commitment to renewable energy, waste management, and preserving biodiversity.



Cultural Kaleidoscope

Culturally, Valencia is just as enticing. The city is famed for its rich historical heritage, stunning architecture, and a plethora of cultural festivals, including the world-renowned "Las Fallas". A year-round calendar of exciting events, festivals, and traditions, not to mention the city's vibrant nightlife, ensures residents can immerse themselves deeply in the Valencian culture.

Besides, Valencia has a vibrant culinary scene, with Paella Valenciana as its crown jewel, offering a dazzling array of Spanish cuisine that food-lovers worldwide appreciate.


Embracing Foreigners

The city has done an excellent job of fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment for foreigners looking to transition to Spain. There's a thriving expat community, and the city is recognized for its people's warmth and friendliness. English language skills have vastly improved, making it easier for foreigners to integrate, and local authorities provide numerous resources and support to newcomers.

In conclusion, Valencia's rapid progression in the last 15 years has not only transformed it into a modern, captivating city that appeals to people from all walks of life but has also established it as one of the best places to live in Europe. Whether you’re a retiree, a digital nomad, or a family looking for a new chapter, Valencia beckons with open arms. 

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marcbernard said:
Saturday, September 9, 2023 @ 10:49 AM

Now that Vox have got their fingers into the ruling bunch in Valencia, let us await the reduction in future accolades!

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