Remote Workers Guide to Valencia, Spain

As you may know, we have recently moved to Valencia, Spain, as we both have remote jobs we figured, why not go back to amazing Spain? So far I absolutely love it!

Valencia is an amazing place – it has lovely weather all year round with many sunny days, a pretty beach, a beautiful and large park, a historic city center, not too many tourists and a lot of great restaurants and cafes.

It also boasts an expanding community of remote workers and digital nomads, with a healthy balance of some people staying here long term and others staying for just a couple of months.

 

 Coworking

Working at Garage Coworking

There are plenty of coworking places in Valencia, and new offices keep popping up as the remote worker community grows. Most of them also organize fun social activities amongst themselves.

Here is a list of the most popular ones:

We worked for a while at Garage Coworking, which is located near the Mercado Central, very central. We rented a table and paid a monthly fee (178 euros), which includes a meeting room, printing services, a small kitchen and water and coffee.

 

Accommodation

Ruzafa

Accommodation in Valencia is cheap compared to other cities like Barcelona and Madrid; but because of the recent influx of foreigners, rents are starting to rise here as well.

For long-term rentals, you can find a decent 2-bedroom apartment for around 600-1200 euros, depending on the area and the state of the apartment. You can have a look at idealista.es and habitaclia for apartment and house listings.

Just note that in Spain, when you sign a rental contract via a real estate agency, you will have to pay an agency fee that can be substantial. Unfortunately, it’s quite hard to find places that don’t have an agency as the middle man. Having an agency in between is always safer, but it is also costly here in Spain. 

For short-term rentals, you can check out Airbnb, where you can rent a one-bedroom apartment for around 600-900 euros a month, depending on the period. In the summer, it is obviously more expensive.

 

Prices

Prices are generally pretty low compared to other Western European cities. You can eat at a pretty fancy restaurant for around 25 euros a person.

Wines and food are quite cheap, though I would say that the prices at the supermarkets are generally the same as in other parts of Europe.

Having said that, I do notice that Valencia is gaining more and more traction – as more expats are moving here and more tourists are discovering the city. Therefore, prices might be starting to rise in the coming years.

 

Remote working community

As previously said, more and more expats are moving to Valencia, which also includes remote workers and digital nomads. The community itself is great – people are super friendly, supportive and helpful. 

The group of Valencia Coworking & coffee meets every Wednesday afternoon at a cafe to work together and after go for drinks somewhere.

Here are a few Facebook groups you can join if you find yourself in Valencia:

 

Neighborhoods

El Carmen

Some of the most popular areas in Valencia for remote workers are:

Ruzafa – Probably by far the most popular neighborhood is Ruzafa, which is the area just below the city center. It’s a very cute neighborhood with loads of cafes and restaurants. More on Ruzafa below 😉

Cabanyal – Cabanyal is the area near the beach. Loads of people love it there as it’s a very rustic neighborhood very close to the beach.

El Carmen – this historic neighborhood is located on the edge of the center, with a lot of cute little streets and alleys, street art and amazing restaurants.

Beniclamet – this used to be a separate village but as Valencia grew, became part of the city. It’s a cute little neighborhood, popular with students and for its nightlife.

Mestalla – Mestalla is an upcoming and newer area and boasts a lot of beautiful buildings. The football stadium of the Valencian team is located here, so it might get busy on game nights!

 

Things to do 

There are a lot of great things to do in Valencia and I will soon be writing a dedicated blog post for this topic.

For now, you can have a look at this list:

Valencia Beach

The Beach – Valencia has quite a nice stretch of beach, that can be easily reached by public transport or bike. In the summer, the water has a nice temperature, however, it can be quite busy with tourists, especially at Playa de las Arena and Malvarrosa. If you want to escape the crowds, going to Port Saplaya is a good alternative, which lies just outside of Valencia and easily reachable by bus or taxi.

Ciudad de los artes

Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias – This futuristic architectural wonder has been featured in the popular series ‘Westworld’ and truly is a sight to behold. Roam around and marvel at the buildings, visit the museum and the aquarium.

A cute square in the city

Walking around the city center – The best way to explore Valencia is simply to walk around and discover all the hidden gems in this historical city by foot. The city center of Valencia is not very big; you can probably see everything that’s there to see in the center in one day.

Strolling around in the Turia Park

Biking or walking in the Turia park – The Turia park used to be a big river running around the city, but because there have been many floodings in the past, the government decided to drain it and build a park in the remaining riverbed. The result is a gorgeous stretch of green, walking and biking paths and many sports fields.

Mercat Central

Mercado Central – Foodies will no doubt be enticed by this big fresh food market in the middle of the city. Stroll around, buy a bocadillo (sandwich), drink some freshly squeezed orange juice and try some Horchata. There is even a specialty coffee stand serving delicious coffee!

Blackbird cafe

Have brunch and coffee in Ruzafa – Ruzafa is the hipster neighborhood in Valencia; it’s easy to see why with all the coffee places and boutique stores. Located just below the city center, it’s a lovely area to have a stroll around – and have a coffee of course! I would recommend going to Blackbird cafe, which is probably my favorite cafe in Valencia.

Paella

Eat Paella – Valencia is the birthplace of Spain’s most famous dish, paella. It is actually quite difficult to find a nice restaurant with a good paella, but I’ve got some nice local recommendations for you:

Casa Carmela  – Very popular place by the beach. They make authentic paella in the traditional way. Make sure to reserve in advance. Location

Alqueria del Pou – Great paella place with a beautiful terrace. Location

 


 

I hope that this blog post has painted a nice picture of Valencia because it is truly a wonderful place 🙂

Questions? Drop me a comment in the comment section below!

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