It’s time to kick back and relax in Valencia!
For many, the biggest reason to move to Spain and live in Valencia, in particular, is the easy life. Here you can distance yourself from the fast pace you’re used to and start enjoying life to the fullest – only the here and now counts. Something we feel we should all strive for! In addition, the real estate in Valencia is very affordable, and the quality of life is fantastic. But what does living the easy life and relaxing in Valencia mean?
Relax in Valencia
In Spain, everyone lives at a less hasty pace than we’re often used to. Of course, certain activities must be carried out one day, but the mentality is that such activities can always be done the next day in Spain. By living less hastily, the Spaniards also have more time to enjoy other things, such as the pleasant climate, the food and drink and the atmosphere of the area. This significantly improves the quality of life. Valencia, in particular, is the city where you can fully enjoy the pleasant Spanish life every day. So why not live the easy way and relax in Valencia?
Valencia: The Compact City
Valencia is a very compact city. As such, you don’t necessarily need a car to get from A to B in the city. In the major cities in Spain, most people live in apartments above shops or other facilities. The Spaniards, therefore, typically have everything they need at their fingertips. If you do purchase a car, note that it may be difficult to find a good parking space, with relatively high costs associated with parking in Spain. So, you may want to avoid purchasing a car if not necessary. It is also perfectly possible to cover the distances by bicycle. Valencia has good cycle paths and plenty of opportunities to buy or rent a bicycle.
Better still, all amenities in Valencia are easily accessible on foot. In the city, you live close enough to the supermarkets, markets, clothing stores and other large chain stores. So it is unnecessary to go shopping outside the city by car. In addition, the centre of Valencia is still flourishing, with more and more new shops being added. As a resident of Valencia, you can do your shopping in no time and then relax in Valencia city, spending your time on important things, such as seeing your family and friends, playing sports or doing other recreational activities.
Would you rather not walk or cycle from A to B? Then, thanks to the compact shape of the city, it is possible to use public transport. There is always a possibility for a bus, metro or tram in the area that can bring you to your destination quickly.
Relax in Valencia by Starting Your Day Right
Take a moment for yourself in the morning. Grab a cup of coffee, sit on a bench and watch the world go by (by this, we mean the real world, so put your phone aside). Drinking coffee in the local café (sometimes several times a day) is common in Spain. This is one of the places to meet up with your friends, have a break or meet new people. And, while you may be more accustomed to a cup of coffee in the morning, don’t be surprised if you see Spaniards sipping a morning beer or asking for red wine or cognac with their coffee. This is very common!
Finished your cup of coffee? There is so much opportunity to not only relax in Valencia but to also enrich your life! Why not do something that allows you to meet more people and immerse yourself in the culture? You could reserve some time to study, learn the Spanish language or take Spanish dance lessons!
Prepare Your Own Lunch
After these activities, it is time to do some shopping for lunch. The Spaniards prefer to cook with fresh ingredients. These are available in local stores. Many Spanish dishes require patience and time, so reserve a few hours to cook in the kitchen. The Spaniards make their dishes based on the products that the different seasons bring. So a lot is possible in this area. Would you like to learn how to cook in the authentic Spanish way? Then ask if you can apprentice with a local or take a course at a cooking studio.
After lunch, it is time to rest with a well-deserved siesta. However, not everyone in Spain does this anymore, as many people prefer to reserve more time for lunch. The large retail chains also prefer to stay open during this period. Some small local retailers close their doors during this time to take a rest themselves. You can choose what’s best for you! By having a siesta, you can quickly refresh yourself so that you’re ready to continue your day.
When you wake up after your power nap, you will see that the sun is still shining beautifully. Due to the pleasant climate and the many hours of sunshine in Valencia, we can guarantee that the sun will shine again the next day. So, if you don’t get around to getting your vitamin D today, you can always do it tomorrow. You don’t have to rush at all. Mañana mañana.
Tomorrow is Another Day
When the sun has set, you also get plenty of opportunities to discover interesting bars, restaurants and activities in the city. With the large number of restaurants, there is an abundance of food and drink options. Whether you like simple small dishes such as tapas or prefer to eat world-famous haute cuisine.
And here also applies: if you don’t do it today, you can always do it tomorrow. Many people criticize the relaxed way of life (“Mañana”) of the Spaniards. But this is precisely to ease things in life and to take more time for relaxation and fun activities in addition to all your obligations. In addition, you are always the director of your own schedule in Valencia. It can be as relaxed or hectic as you want!
It’s Time to Relax in Valencia
Have you fallen in love with the Spanish life and the surroundings of Valencia? Would you like to emigrate or buy a second home to spend the winter here? Do you want to come to relax in Valencia? Dream Properties Valencia is happy to help you find the right home that suits you in this vibrant city. Take a look at our range of houses, or use the free property finder service. Have you not (yet) found what you are looking for? Please contact us by phone or e-mail for personal guidance from our advisors. We are happy to help you.