“I’d love to live here.”
I just couldn’t help but think that precise sentence the entire time I was in Valencia.
What did I love about it?
Honestly… what didn’t I love about it?
#1: Valencia MIXES IT UP
I’m a sucker for cities and countries where the historic and the modern clash with one another. It’s the reason I was wild for Rotterdam, the reason I was captivated by China, and the reason I lost my heart in Rome.
And Valencia doesn’t have to yield to any of the places I just mentioned.
There’s such an extraordinary mix of historic and modern (I mean, have you seen the Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias?) that I couldn’t help but drool all over this Spanish city. Not literally, of course.
#2: Beautiful weather
Yay, warm temperatures! Need I say more?
#3: The food
Ah, great food.
It always manages to make my amazing days even better and my bad days kind of less bad.
In Valencia, there’s no shortage of such great food. For starters, there’s arroz, fresh seafood, an abundance of tapas, churros, and – how could I not mention it? – paella.
By the way, did you know that paella was invented in Valencia?
#4: Agua de Valencia (and other drinks)
I’m so crazy about Agua de Valencia that I just couldn’t resist the urge of giving it a mention of its own.
As a mixture of orange juice and cava (and some other things as well, admittedly), two drinks that happen to be among my favorite beverages in the world, this iconic Valencian drink is right up my alley.
So I beg of you, if you ever make it to Valencia, just give it a try.
On another note, the sangria is great as well.
#5: There’s a lot to see and do
There’s no shortage of fun activities in Valencia.
Some places worth a visit are the Cathedral, the Central Market, the Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias, Valencia’s central squares, La Lonja de la Seda (the Silk Exchange), the modern art institute IVAM, the Serranos tower, and Turia Riverbed Park.
And that’s only for starters.
Just take a stroll around the city and you’ll find that there’s lots and lots to see.
Like this amazing street art for example.
#6: But there’s also time for relaxation
I just loooooove cities that know how to relax.
And Valencia has it all in that regards.
Actually, most of southern Europe has it all in that regards.
There’s this weird trend that I feel happier whenever I find myself in southern Europe.
I’m less stressed, take better care of myself, and am much nicer as a result.
Guess what? Living in Valencia would probably fit in nicely with my latest goal of practicing self-care more.
Book me a flight, guys!
#7: Bonus points: there’s a beach
So when you have this lively, yet relaxing city with lots of activities, great food and drinks, and great weather, what could possibly be missing?
Oh, I don’t know, a beach perhaps?
No sh*t… Valencia has that as well!
So, who knows… There might come a day when I won’t be able to stop thinking the following sentence the entire time I’m in Valencia: “I just love living here.”
Where would you love to live? Why?
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