Valencia is Spain’s third-largest city; it has all the benefits of a major metropolitan area such as bus, train, and air connections. It also has great healthcare facilities and plenty of recreation opportunities. This city is full of culture, with science and art museums, theaters and concert halls.
Getting around by public transportation is easy. During my time in Valencia, I was living in Bario del Carmen, and I walked to most everything. With the benefit of big-city amenities, Valencia’s cost of living and real estate is much less than that of Madrid or Barcelona… and offers conveniences of a modern city along with a true taste of living in old style Europe.
Lunch, including a beer or glass of wine, will run to about $12. Rent for a two-bedroom apartment in one of Valencia’s best neighborhoods starts at about $550 a month. If you would rather buy a place, the price for a small apartment in a trendy neighborhood starts around $100,000.
Here are some average costs:
A meal at an inexpensive restaurant in the City Center, including drink $12
Domestic Beer, 0.5-liter draught at a restaurant $2.30
Cappuccino (medium) $1.80
Apartment Rent, 1 bedroom in the City Centre $680.
And most food and produce at the grocery store was higher quality and cost less than what I would expect in the U.S.
Valencia lies on Spain’s southeastern coast and has many of the things that attract tourists to Spain, all in one place: The city has a vibrant café culture, with a maze of little streets and impressive architecture and medieval buildings.
It’s also right on the Mediterranean, so you can enjoy the broad sandy beaches and grab some seafood fresh from the sea. There are also ultra-modern visitor attractions at the City of the Arts and Sciences, and it all goes to make Valencia one of Spain’s best destinations for living or retiring.
Nomads, living here month-to-month, staying in the city center, using a co-work space and eating out every meal can expect to spend about $2,300 per month.
An expat with a year lease can get by for under $1,400 per month.
If you’re good at living cheap and sharing a flat with friends, you can get by for under $900 per month.
My budget for living one month in the city center, staying at inexpensive hotels and eating out at least once a day was about $1,400.
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