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Valencia is the third largest city in Spain, with a diverse and multicultural population. Originally the capital of an autonomous Valencian region, you will hear a dialect of Catalan (the language spoken in Northern Spain) spoken here. Although almost all Valencians speak Castillian (normal Spanish) it is a delight to hear Valencian, being as it is, a dialect that sounds like a blend of Spanish, French and something all its own.

Getting there

Valencia airport, also known as Manises Airport, is located about 15 minute by transfer coach from the city centre. As well as many major international airlines, Valencia also hosts budget airlines flying to and from the UK.


Unlike the Costa Del Sol and Costa Brava, Valencia does not have a large population of American and UK expats. Immigrants in Valencia tend to be from Morocco and African nations, so cultural diversity is plentiful. The English-speaking expats who do live in Valencia prefer it this way, staying away from the resort ghettoes of English-speaking sunbuurned bodies ordering fries for lunch.


There are International Schools in Valencia that offer the British Curriculum. These service a wide geographical area and students can travel many kilometres each day between there home and campus. The most popular International Schools are: The British School of Valencia (http://www.bsvalencia.com/introduccion.htm), Los Olivos English School (http://www.school-losolivos.es/english/index.html) and Caxton College (http://www.caxtoncollege.com/index.php). All of these teach in English, Spanish and Valencian.

Getting Around

Public Transport in Valencia is excellent, although the city centre is compact enough that it is easier to walk when in the the Central Business District. For travel in and around the city, the bus is best: It has an extensive network, frequent services and costs no more that 1.20 Euro per ticket. Once you get a little further out, use the (safe and clean) Metro system, which offers more frequent and regular services than the bus.

Settling In

Adjusting to the heat of Valencia can be difficult for those who arrive from the UK, especially in summer. Although a Spanish summer is beautiful, if you are not used to heat, try to avoid arriving in August. Also, it can be frustrating for newcomers to realize that banks and post offices are only open for about 4 hours a day (usually 10am - 2pm) and that most shops are closed in the afternoon for siesta. Try to go with it, get a nap in the afternoon and you will become more accustomed more quickly.


Rent in Valencia is pretty cheap. A one bedroom apartment will cost no more than 350 Euro per month, while a 3 bedroom, 2 bathrooms villa with an open fireplace and a pool can be had for around 600 Euro per month. For those who are more interested in buying a home, allow about 270,000 Euros for a three or four bedroom, two-storey family home in perfect condition.

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