Valencia, Spain’s third largest city, is strategically located in the middle of the Mediterranean coastline, equidistant from Madrid and Barcelona.
Being home to the most important container port on the Western Mediterranean coast and one of the world’s largest trade fair centres – El Palau de Congres, Valencia attracts a significant number of international visitors every year for business. Having hosted world class sporting events such as The America’s Cup competitions, the European Grand Prix of F1 racing and the Valencia 500 open tennis tournament, Valencia has rapidly developed into a vibrant, attractive city, boasting modern facilities and noteworthy tourist attractions such as the City of Arts and Sciences. With 300 day of sunshine a year, an average temperature of 18ºc, over 20 km of beaches and fine local cuisine (the star dish being the Paella), Valencia is an ever popular choice with visitors to Spain both for vacations and relocation.
Lucas Fox provide a wide variety of properties in and around Valencia, including the desirable Ademuz, Alfinach and Monasterios Puzol areas to the north and north-east of the city respectively.
Free schooling in Spain is obligatory between 6-16, but generally begins around 3. From 16-18 students can also study the Bachillerato, enabling them to enter University in Europe and the US.
Valencia offers a choice of private and state schools, as well as local and international schools, including the American School of Valencia and El Plantio International School.
The public healthcare system has a very good reputation and compares very well to other international systems. Free access is available with a Tarjeta Sanitaria Individual. To qualify for a TSI a Social Security number is required, as given to those who have an employment contract or are self employed and paying autónomo social security contributions. Around 25% of people have private health insurance. This generally means faster access to a greater choice of specialists. Spanish companies offering private health insurance include Mapfre, Asisia and Sanitas.
There are several public hospitals in Valencia, the main being the Hospital General Universitario, Hospital Clinico and Hospital La Fe.
There are plenty of shopping opportunities in Valencia, ranging from large, modern department stores to designer boutiques and little, local independent shops.
Bordered by the beautiful Turia Gardens and the sea, Valencia boasts one of Spain’s largest historical centres – El Carmen - a charming neighbourhood characterized by winding streets dotted with Roman and Arabic historical treasures such as Valencia Cathedral, the Torres de Serranos and the UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Lotja de Seda.
The almost one million inhabitants speak Spanish and Valencian and a strong sense of cultural identity prevails, reflected in the lively local traditions and celebrations, the most famous of which has to be Las Fallas, an explosion of colour and fireworks held in March.
Valencia is well connected by road to the main motorways that link the city with other cities in Spain, including Alicante, Barcelona and Madrid.
ETM (Empresa Municipal de Transports de València) offer an extensive bus network with extra services in the summer to reach the beaches. The metro and tram services are modern and efficient and serve the city and its metropolitan area.
The high-speed rail (AVE) network gives access to Madrid in 1 hour 40 minutes and Barcelona in 3 hours.
Valencia Airport (VLC) is just less than 9km from Valencia City with a regular shuttle service to the centre.
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