A couple of our clients decided to write down their reasons why they wanted to move to Valencia and they passed it onto me to put into the blog. I think it gives a very good overview of the thought process and reasons why a young couple, in this case from Eastern Europe, may want to come to live in a vibrant city like Valencia. Take a look. Take it away Piotr.
Why did you move to Valencia? It’s a question we have been recently asked a lot and it made us think about all the motives possible. Here’s our personal list summing up the most important reasons to move to Valencia:
1. Here comes the sun!
We come from Poland where average of sunny days throughout the year is around 90. Comparing to Valencia’s 300 days of year when the sun says “rise & shine”, that makes a big difference. Apart from that winters are not that cold having in mind what we left behind and the summer is what it is supposed to be: hot and sunny, which is not always that certain in the Baltic Sea region.
2. Valencia is 3rd largest city in Spain…
…yet it’s not that saturated as Madrid or Barcelona. In other words Valencia is a place where you can find everything that a modern city has to offer and even more. For example: communication. You can move around the city and suburbs in subway, tramway, train, bus, by bicycle or you can move around by car enjoying some of the large and almost empty 5 line avenues. Even in peak hours we haven’t seen traffic jams like we are used to observe in Poland.
And if you need to travel out of the city, you have a great communications with major cities in Spain and in Europe by plane, train, car or even by ship.
Spanish cities are well known of their beautiful castles, old or monumental buildings. Valencia also has a lot to offer in the matter of architecture which makes it a unique and a “must see” place on the map of Spain. Apart from modern and futuristic constructions like Ciudad de las Artes and other nearby starship like buildings, Valencia is like a piece of the Caribbean right here in Europe. If you have ever been to any of the Caribbean Islands, Cuba for example, and you go for a walk through the Cabanal district you will understand it right away.
4. Forget about boredom.
Valencia is a city that always has something to offer to successfully strip you of your boredom. Practically everyday, and especially weekends, you can browse through websites or paper magazines about events in Valencia and there’s always something going on. Even without looking up any information, it only takes you to have a walk downtown, along the port and the beach or down the Turia to come across one of plenty activities that are happening at the moment.
Oh, and did I mention the Turia?
That’s one of Valencia’s wonder. Once the Turia river flooded the city in 1957 the old riverbed has been converted into a long park divided by around 20 bridges and passages into sections. Each section has something different to offer: athletic tracks, football pitches, gardens with fountains, museums, exhibitions squares, children playgrounds, skate parks and more. It’s like a fantasy park only a few minutes walking distance from the city center which, once you enter, gives you an impression as if you were in the countryside, escaping from all the city’s hustle and bustle.
6. Green City
Talking about parks, Valencia is a very green city considering that the Valencian County climate is very dry with a real drought problem. Spanish sun and not too many rain showers has its price. Traveling from the north of Spain you can mostly find desert like scenarios with ground or mountains that paint with yellow and red rather than green. Valencia is an exception in this case. A number of parks and squares with specially hydrated grass brings up an image of a very green city, even more than Barcelona or Madrid in our opinion. That green grass is something that we know well from Poland and we felt lack of in other Spanish cities.
7. Healthy City
Touching the green subject Poland with all its rich nature blooming becomes problematic during spring for people with allergic problems like myself. April through June were always months that I was hoping to pass as fast as possible, but not anymore. In Valencia this problem has disappeared allowing me to enjoy the beauty that spring brings with all the colours and fragrance. To be able to breathe without any problems is a great advantage and for any asthmatic person it could be a number one reason to move to Spain. Not mentioning all the quality food you can get at local food markets.
8. Bad / Good Crisis
The crisis has struck down the Spanish economy, but on the other hand created great investment opportunities. The prices in the real estate field dropped dramatically over last few years. If you’re thinking of investing or just buying yourself a flat, house or a mansion, this is the right time to do it. In our case we’ve moved here to stay, and if it wasn’t for the crisis it wouldn’t be possible for two young people from eastern Europe to buy a flat in Spain.
9. The surroundings
Valencia has a perfect geographic location. If you like beaches (who doesn’t like beaches?) in this county you can find one of Spain’s finest wide beaches, with natural tiny-grained sand and also some great Mediterranean rocky, postcard-like corners. If you get tired of the sea, you can go for a one hour drive up north or west and explore mountains with really incredible views and landscapes. Once you have enough of mountains and the beach, you can go not too far south and spend a relaxing time by the Albufeira lake. And that’s all only within one hour drive from the city center. If we go further out, other counties have even more to offer. And did I mention a ski resort about 90 minutes from Valencia where you can enjoy all the “white” sports in the winter time…
10. You feel in Valencia like Alice in Wonderland
Combining all the different aspects of the city: its modern and old, colonial architecture, the Turia Garden with all parks, the beach, the surroundings, local “fiestas” like famous Fallas, all these ingredients mixed together can give you an impression of being in Wonderland just like Alice, and even can give you a headache.
Why? Well, let’s see. During the first two months when we got here, we tried to get to know as much as we could about the city and its districts to find out which one would be the best for us to settle down. This way we literally walked through almost half of the city on foot, this way getting to know it quite well. And it’s like being in a magic book. You’re in one district with characteristic architecture, local people and their customs and you keep on walking and 15 minutes later you enter another district that is like a different town with different rules and characteristics. Let us say that there are a lot of districts in Valencia. One moment you can be making business downtown and just few minutes later you can be at the beach and feel like in a vacation resort or just find yourself enjoying the siesta laying down in a park in the middle of the city but feeling as if you were somewhere in the country side. You can walk across one of the most modern architecture beauties in the world and next enter a Havana-like district.
Finally when you come to a place where you see a huge Gulliver model tied to the ground with a bunch of kids jumping over it, you think “is this a fairytale” and start to look around if there’s no rabbit from the Wonderland hiding somewhere.
Well this is not a fairytale. This is Valencia. Just be careful when you come down to visit. You may love it that much that you will not want to leave. Just like it’s happened to us.
Joanna (Joanne/Yoanna) Ruszczyk
Photographer and graphic designer.
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Piotr (Peter/Pedro) Nowak
Website designer, Computer IT specialist and salsa dancer after hours.
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