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I spent 8 days in Valencia with my boyfriend for new years. We really enjoyed it honestly. We found the city quite walkable, even though it’s relatively big, very bike-friendly, felt super safe riding around. Didn’t find the public transport to be bad at all, but then again we come from a capital with much shittier public transport. Food is affordable, there’s tons of cafes and restaurants everywhere (they were constantly full though). My biggest issue was that barely anyone speaks any English, but from my understanding this is an issue in most of Spain. If you’re looking to move there also remember there’s no central heating in most buildings, so if it’s winter time, it’s gonna be cold. People use small radiators for the most part, but obviously that only makes a difference if it’s kept on for hours in one room. Overall though, I really enjoyed the city, it was peaceful yet lively.
8 months ago
Prices have gone up, so living in the center is not that cheap anymore. Another thing: low-quality tourism has grown uncontrollably in the past few years due to lack of planning from the City, becoming a true nuisance for locals, especially in downtown. The city feels overcrowded and noisy, too much for its size and population–yes, it is a big village, not a buzzing city. Other than that, the weather is generally quite good, and although public transportation is bad, you can move around pretty easily. Not and “absolute gem” by any means (architecture is horrible other than in the center), but livable.
1 year ago
Staying in Valencia is relatively cheap, but I must admit that it’s a bit boring here too. If you’re looking for a place where to get some stuff done – this might be it, but I’m not coming back.
I totally second the review that said “It’s more of a big village than a buzzing city”.
1 year ago
I’m Irish and found it a to be a great city, What more can I say 😉 Has las Fallas too which is quite frankly one of the most amazing festivals in the world.
1 year ago
I’m an American expat living in Valencia with my wife and 2 children for the past 6 months and I feel like this is the most underrated city in Europe. Hoping the word doesn’t get out because this place is an absolute gem.
2 years ago
Been here for 3 months now. Have lived in several cities around the world and can say Valencia has provided the best quality of life. It has everything – a massive beach, a wonderful park that runs through the city, tons of great bars, cafes and restaurants, and a decent nightlife too. It’s also cheaper and less touristy vs Madrid and Barcelona. And if you live near the center (which is possible due to lower rents), you can walk or bike everywhere. There are lots of bike paths and the metro is far nicer than London’s. My bet is that it will become really popular with nomads very soon. If you come, explore Ruzafa, a hip, central area filled with great cafes for working.
2 years ago
Beautiful city with happy and very open-minded people. Almost every time I go out I see at least one gay couple holding hands or kissing in the center, on the beaches. I think the ‘gay friendly’ score could easily be ‘great’.
2 years ago
Best city in Spain in terms of value for money. City has a very nice city center and great beaches. Perfect city to live well and get lots of work done. Don’t go there if you’re looking for a party city or historical sight seeing (It’s more of a big village than a buzzing city).
2 years ago
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I’m looking to spend 1-3 months in Alicante or Valencia this fall and would like to take a Spanish class there.
planning on going to Valencia for a while and am looking for an appartment from April to summer. Any Ideas where to look for? Appart from airbnb…
Also any tipps for area to live in and work spaces are most welcome.
thanks and best regards,
Use the pages Idealista and Fotocasa, the spanish used them!
thanks for your replies! Housesitting is not really an option unfortunately – I prefer to rent a flat for a few weeks/months.
Ruzafa seems like a nice neighborhood. I am also asking for airbnb alternatives because airbnb prices for full apartments are quite high. I am a bit surprised but maybe that’s normal rental prices in Valencia and I am just very late. Or authorities started targeting airbnb, so that there are increased costs for landlords and less competition.
Hi there! A local here
Ruzafa sure is a great neighborhood lo live but definately more pricey than the rest of Valencia. Valencia is really walkable and cyclable and everything is pretty much within a 15-20 minute reach so maybe looking for a more economic location doesn´t make a big difference. There is not really a part in city center you should avoid so I find it hard to make a mistake there. Personal tip: The beach area (Malavrrosa and Patacona) although beautiful can be kind of empty and isolated during the week and specially in winter. I wouldn’t move there and rather rent a bike to go to the beach whenever you want. Just sayin’
For your reference an OK flat of around 80 sq meters with furniture should cost you 600 euros/month plus extra costs (water, electricity, etc) if you were to rent long term so for a three month stay I wouldn’t pay more the 700-800 for the whole month. Avoid touristy areas (Ruzafa, Carmen, Centro) if you don’t find anyone willing to rent for a couple of months.
Valencia is a fantastic city to spend a couple of months, don’t miss your chance!
hey there! the advice on areas to avoid was really helpful. which other areas would you recommend?
Sorry, I’ve just seen this message today. Apologies.
L’Olivereta is very nice and Patraix is also cool. La Saïda and Mestalla area also nice
Benimaclet is an authentic and active neighbourhood. Very local.
Are you already living there?
Aw! Valencia was my first nomad home! I got my accommodation with Airbnb so can’t help with alternatives. But I lived in the Rusafa area and can highly recommend this. It’s an arty neighbourhood with a few nice cafes to work in and a short walk into the centre.
If you don’t mind some responsibility you could give housesitting a chance. There are many offers in Spain and if you are lucky you could get quite a big house with all amenities. Most sits also come with pets, however. I’d say TrustedHousesitters.com and MindMyHouse.com are the best sites. If you don’t want to spend much money, try MindMyHouse first, it’s only about 20$.
Edit: If you sign up, I’d love to give you my referral link.
Hey all, my first post in the forum
I’m currently in Benidorm escaping the crappy UK winter, and while I like it here (I’m in a quiet, “Spanish” part of Benidorm – yes, quiet parts do exist!) and I’m fortunate enough to only have to pay for bills as I’m staying in a friends apartment (hence the choice of location).
It’s full of old people or Brits coming out to get blind drunk.
I’m thinking of heading up to Valencia for about a week and wondered if anyone on here has been and can recommend places to stay and to work from? I’ve done a bit of googling myself and seen a few cool places, but wanted to get a nomads perspective
Ah I actually arrived back to the UK from Spain yesterday I ventured to Alicante and Valencia while I was there, only for weekends though so wasn’t working, Valencia is such an awesome city though I wish I could have stayed longer. Have a good time dude
Jump over to Ibiza if you’d like. Got a room, if ya’ll traveling through…
thanks for the offer man, but staying in Valencia til xmas!
no worries… just being friendly. it’s pretty cool there. i’m a bigger fan of barcelona, though, i wont lie
haha I almost the EXACT similar experience. Staying with friends in Torrevieja, but now in Valencia for a week. I guess you’re not there anymore?
Hey Nomads, would love to know any thoughts here.
Top of the list are currently Tenerife, Lagos/Ericeira (Portugal) & Malta??
Would love to know if anyone can vouch for these at this time of year.
Beautiful beach would be the dream. Basically European Bali! I’m sure something many of us are searching for.
Thanks a million. Much love.
Hi! I want to relocate to Spain and I was wondering if someone can recommend a SIM card with a good data package.
Hi, Gaby! I use Simyo all across EU actually, it’s one of the best deals in Europe 🙂 For more information, please see this wiki prepaid-data-sim-card.fandom.com/wiki/Spain — it’s the best resource on prepaid data sims anywhere in the world. The only catch is if you’re a resident you can get much better deals using contract subscription.
yes, it’s available on ebay (i.e www.ebay.com/itm/Tarjeta-SIM-Micro-Nano-de-Prepago-SIMYO-10-DE-SALDO-INCLU-DOS/392575928376?hash=item5b67594838:g:jNIAAOSwzkRd0t-z) but you’ll need to contact them afterwards on whatsapp / DMs to activate it for you as passport data is required.
Hi ! thanks a lot for your advice , looking at the fandom page . Do you know if you can order the sim cards online ?
I’m looking for a monthly rental in Barcelona. I’m only planning to stay 1 or 2 months.
Not exactly in Barcelona but south in the Valencia region: www.sun-and-co.com A community of around 15 digital nomads under one roof
Hi, we are trying to find a house to rent for 2-3 persons near Las Palmas for 4-5 months at the moment and it seems to be almost impossible except through Airbnb which is super expensive. Any advises or local contacts?
✅ Pretty safe
✅ Fast internet
✅ Lots of fun stuff to do
✅ Warm in the spring
✅ Perfect humidity now
✅ Good air quality on average
✅ Nomad List members liked going here
✅ Many Nomad List members have been
✅ Easy to make friends
✅ Very easy to do business
✅ High quality of education
✅ Great hospitals
✅ Roads are very safe
✅ Great freedom of speech
✅ People can speak basic English
✅ Very safe for women
✅ Family friendly
✅ Very friendly to LGBTQ+
❌ Cold now
❌ Not many members right now
❌ Feels crowded
❌ Many people smoke tobacco