Valencia is the capital city of the autonomous region of Valencia. Spain's third-largest city, Valencia has a population of around 800,000. The city's history dates back to its founding as a Roman colony in 138 BC, and its rich cultural heritage is exemplified by its many architectural delights spanning the ages. If you are an Erasmus student planning to take your studies to this fine Mediterranean city, you'll no doubt be wondering which the best places to visit in Valencia are. This guide takes a look at some of the most important attractions.

Historic downtown district 

It is one of the biggest and most charismatic of Europe. There converge the different architectural styles and a cultural and artistic variety. 

Carmen neighborhood is the old city center, and it is by far the most important place to visit during your studies in Valencia. This district is home to many buildings dating from the Roman and Arabic periods. It is also a fashionable district home to many excellent restaurants, bars, shops and nightlife venues, and as an Erasmus student in Valencia, you'll likely spend much of your time here. With its many ancient winding streets and picturesque buildings, Carmen neighborhood is a delightful place to explore on foot. It is also home to many important landmarks, including the Convent of Carmen and Valencia Cathedral.

Valencia Cathedral is one of the city's primary landmarks, and it should be one of your top priorities in your list of places to visit in Valencia. Though the building is mostly Gothic, it has many elements from other distinct architectural periods including Baroque, Renaissance and Neo-Classical. The original Gothic parts of the cathedral were built between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries.

The Central Market is one of Valencia's top shopping venues as well as one of the most important places to visit in Valencia. Designed in 1914, the Central Market is a perfect example of modernist architecture in its own right. Inside, you will find over one-thousand stalls and shops selling just about everything you can imagine. It is open every day except Sunday from 07:30 to 14:30.

More places we recommend to visit in The Historic downtown district: The Virgin Square, Queens Square, Round Square, The Almudin, Valencian Courts, Serranos Towers, General Government Palace, Gentleman Street, Quart Towers, La Lonja (Marketplace), Santos Juanes Church, Town Hall Square, North Station, Bullring, Marques de Dos Agua Palace, Columbus Market,  

Old riverbed, Turia River

Do you want a little break from all the Erasmus parties? Valencia is the ideal city for open-air activities. Why not discover the natural beauty and stunning architecture of the Turia Gardens? Located in the old riverbed of the Turia River.  It is a green long of Valencia; an enormous and varied garden with green spaces and sport facilities. Its current appearance is due to the catastrophe that took place in 1957, when the Turia River overflowed and flooded a great part of the city.  Turia Gardens is the perfect place for walking, jogging, or cycling. You can even play football and softball, or go skateboarding. Nearby, the City of Arts and Sciences is definitely worth a visit. You can easily spend a day in this fascinating centre.

The City of Arts and Sciences

Traveling to Valencia is synonym for visiting the City of Arts and Sciences: a set of buildings that wait for the traveler right at the end of the Turia former riverbed´s gardens, just before the river meets the sea: this great green area is the city´s lung, and the favorite place for Valencia n’s to meet and enjoy their free time. Main reasons to visit The city of Arts and Sciences:

  1. To visit Sciences Museum´s exhibitions, and to submerge in the world of science.
  2. To listen to the sounds that the belugas emit in the Oceanographic.
  3. To live authentic adventures in IMAX format in the Hemispheric, and to be wrapped by a 900 square meters screen.
  4. To travel to the outer space and to feel the zero gravity in the Museum and, at the same time, to enjoy incredible images of the European Spatial´s missions.
  5. To feel as the keeper of some of the most curious animals of the Oceanographic, like belugas, walrus’s and dolphins. 6. To experience the electricity and to be amazed by its effects.
  6. To live great experiences in the digital cinema 3D in the Hemispheric.
  7. To learn about the history of the Valencia Football Club and the relationship between science and sport.
  8. To live one night sleeping with sharks. 10. To enjoy a unique architectural set. 

Bioparc Valencia

Biopark Valencia is a new generation zoo, based on the concept of "zoo-immersion". Bioparc Valencia, located in the city, is a modern zoological park, created by employing the concept of zoo-immersion, immersing the visitor completely in wild habitats. It is a world model to discover the heart of Africa thanks to its most beautiful an threatened elements.

More Amusements Parks to see: Devesa Gardens, Ricardo Tormo de Cheste-Valencian Comunity circuit, Terra Mitica, Terra Natura. 

Museums

Valencia has a wide diversity and variaty of museums as few cities in Spain do. Museums to suit all tastes: IVAM -Valencian Institute of Modern Art, The MUVIM - Valencian Museum of the Enlightenment and Modernity, The Prehistory Museum Of Valencia, Bancaja Civic Center, National Ceramic and Sanctuary Arts Museum, San Pio V Museum, Valencia Museum of Ethnology, "L´Iber", Museum of the Tin Soldiers, The collection, The rooms, Almansa, Benlliure Museum - House, Museo Fallero.

The Port

Valencia has always been a city subjugated to the sea, although, as Valencia n’s  say, facing away from the sea. The origins of maritime villages go back to the 13th century. Fisherman who settled this area has been, and currently is, joined to the Mediterranean Sea. 

Things to Do, Celebrations and  Festivals  in Valencia, Spain

Are you looking for things to do? In Valencia, there are so many activities happening in and around the city, you'll never be stuck for something to do. With a huge coastline, Valencia has some of Europe's best beaches. Many green and pleasant public parks are available for everyone to use, and throughout the year Valencia hosts numerous festivals, open-air parties, music events, and firework displays. Spain is a country which loves to party, and its third largest city, Valencia, is certainly no exception. Erasmus students coming to study in Valencia will be able to experience some of the most exciting festivals, carnivals, celebrations and more throughout the year. The following guide takes a look at some of the most important events.

Parties, Festivals and Celebrations in Valencia, Spain

Fallas de Valencia

The Fallas is a traditional celebration commemorating Saint Joseph.  Walking through the city you can gaze at satiric and mocking monuments set in the streets the 15th which is burnt the 19th. The five-day event is best known for its fireworks and dolls, locally known as 'ninots,' and the main event takes place on midnight of the last day.

Fiesta de San Juan

Known around the world as Saint John's Eve, the Fiesta de San Juan takes in the form of a traditional midsummer party in Valencia and Catalonia. The festivities are marked by great bonfires, special foods and firework displays.

Fiesta de Bous a la Mar

Bous a la Marm, or 'Bulls to the Sea,' is another Catalonian festival held in the province of Alicante during the second week of July. It is one of the most important bull-related events in the region.

Fiesta de Moros y Cristianos

The Moors and Christians festival takes place on April 22 for two days and again in the end of July. Most of the festivities are in Alicante, another city not far from Valencia. This historic festival is often characterized by elaborate costumes, singing and dancing.

Sexennio de Morella

The Sexennio de Morella is a festival held once every six years during the second half of August in the city of Morella in the Community of Valencia. The festival celebrates the town's recovery from the plague during the seventeenth century.

Feria del Dulce Artesano, Peladillas y Turrones de Casinos

This fair is held annually for three days commencing on November 22. Since 1886, the fair has been one of the most important food and drink fairs of Valencia, and visitors will be able to enjoy a variety of wines and homemade foods.

Carnaval de Vinaròs y Disfraces

The Carnival of  Vinaròs is held right before Lent, and it is one of the most important in the Spanish Mediterranean. One of the main events is the Gala of Queens, characterized by its elaborate costumes, floats and dancing.

Carnaval de Torrevieja

Celebrated yearly throughout the month of February, the Carnival of  Torrevieja is characterized by many alternative events such as the National Drag Queen Contest and the Carnival Queens presentation.

Tomatina

The infamous Tomatina is a truly unique and bizarre festival held in the Valencia town of Buñol in late August every year. The festival is characterized by its enormous tomato fight lasting one hour and consuming over one-hundred tons of tomatoes.

Other interesting Festivals and Celebrations in Valencia and Valencian Comunity, Spain: La feria del turron de Casinos, Concurso Paellas Sueca, Alicante del Chocolate, Saint Vicente Ferrer holiday, Fair of July, Valencia Day. 

Discotheques and pubs

Each section of the city has its own unique neighborhoods that boast a distinctive flair. Part of the joy of studying in Valencia is to get to know various parts of the city as well as the one where you intend to settle down. These neighborhoods have great reputations for their social scene and nightlife. It's next to impossible to feel bored in Valencia with so many interesting places to go with attractions to see.

Ruzaza Neighborhood

As one of the city's most notable fashionable neighborhoods, Ruzaza attracts a vibrant mix of people who frequent the cafés, book shops, and traditional taverns (which are known for their delectable regional cuisine). There are also many modern pubs and restaurants that are popular among locals and visiting students alike. The neighborhood is known for its aesthetic charm and its various restoration projects. For a resplendent cultural mix of people, this neighborhood always has something lively and fun in store for visitors. The discotheques and pubs of this area are vibrant with an exciting mix of music and dance.

Juan Llorens/Abastos

Centrally located, this area is always a convenient and exciting idea--especially when it comes to dancing. There are restaurants as well as wineries that contribute to the entertainment fabric of the neighborhood. The pubs and discotheques typically are brimming with people but these businesses do tend to close early. Many people often start out their evening here as it's a great meeting place between friends from different parts of the city.

Carmen

Especially popular with college students and young people in general, this part of the city has a splendid Bohemian air and is filled with exciting nightlife options. Extremely popular with tourists, Carmen boasts an eclectic zeal that makes it a fun place to live or spend an evening. While less alternative than it used to be, Carmen still retains its vibrant spirit; yet people of all tastes invariable wind up here as there seems to be something for everyone.

City of Arts and Sciences/Port

As a new and up-and-coming area for nightlife, this city section is in the midst of radical change which makes it appealing for the nightlife set. The coolest and most exclusive parties are popping up in this part of town and adding an air of hipness that is unmistakable. This area is attracting increasingly more students and is well worth checking out when you're looking for something fun to do.

Canovas

The social scene of any city is always shifting. Once upon a time Canovas was the must-visit area of Valencia for nightlife; now that reputation is relaxing but there are still plenty of restaurants and a few noteworthy clubs that boast plenty of dancing and great cocktail specials. For an evening on the town filled with drinking, excellent food, and friendly people, this neighborhood is always a welcome idea.

Alameda/Aragon

This ritzy section of the city has the air of the upper class. Along the Paseo de la Alameda, one finds extraordinary outdoor restaurants surrounded by picturesque flowers and trees. When the weather is pleasant, as it often is, this is where many people wish to come for an outdoor meal and to dine among friends with a view of the Turia River. Strolling along the tree-lined avenues is a great way to conclude a fine meal before heading to an exclusive club in this neighborhood or in another part of the city.

Blasco Ibañez, Honduras and Cedro Square, Benimaclet

For an awesome array of activities like outdoor live concerts, this area is a standout. Especially frequented by university students, the section of Valencia has a youthful aura that is also evidenced by its myriad of discotheques--many of which do stay open quite late making this a popular area to end the evening in style!

Valencia has a celebrated history as one of Europe's most popular cities for nightlife.Though hot spots necessarily may change from one season to the next, Happy Foreigners World does its utmost to keep international students in the know about where the hippest places to hang out and go dancing all night are likely to be found. Be sure to visit each of these and other upcoming nightlife areas to find out which one suits you best; don't be surprised if you wind up liking them all for their characteristic charms!

Valencia's Beaches and Natural Attractions 

The glittering Mediterranean Sea may well be one of Valencia's most beloved attractions! It once carried ancient Romans to its shores to found the city and it now attracts throngs of visitors to its beaches. Today's beaches of Valencia have their distinctive charms and natural characteristics. Getting to know them is part of the joy of living in this port city. The following guide will introduce you to the city's most renowned beaches.

South

When heading southward along the Mediterranean coast, beaches like Alfafar, El Saler, El Perello, La Albufera, El Palmar, Sueca, Cullera, Gandia, Oliva beckon. Experience each one for its beauty and social scene. Everyone visiting Valencia will find it an enchanting experience to linger along this southern stretch of beaches.

El Saler

El Saler and its picturesque meadow is a mere few minutes from Valencia. This natural marine coastal formation is utterly unique and has caught the attention of world-wide geographical experts. This eye-catching large pine forest separates the Valencia Albufera, a fresh-water lagoon, from the sea and must be experienced at least once during any visit to the city. Nestled amidst salt sea waters and the sweet flow from Albufera, this stand of trees is a true sanctuary of Valencia. While the city boasts many modern attractions, this natural splendor is a perfect place to spend the day reading and relaxing.

Alfafar-El Palmar

Alfafar is composed of ten square kilometers of fertile land devoted to rice growing. Next door, El Palmar lures visitors with its gastronomically splendid island located in the middle of the park that allows. See and taste all the delicious rice varieties. This region is world famous for its rice and marshy geography which is so conducive to growing this integral food crop that everyone loves.

Gandia

Situated just twenty kilometers from Cullera and past Tavernes is vibrant Gandia which is the hot spot during the summer season when its beach teems with tourists from abroad as well as other parts of Spain like Madrid. Bask in the area's beauty before enjoying a meal of 'fideua,' a celebrated dish of noodles. Though it takes about an hour to reach, it is well worth the trek and has a wide assortment of restaurants, pubs, and discotheques to entertain visiting students and tourists throughout both the winter and summers.  

Other must-see places to visit in southwards of Valencia include Sueca, El Perello, Cullera, Oliva.

North (heading toward Barcelona)

The northern route from Valencia along the beautiful Mediterranean leads travelers to sites like Alboraya, El Puig, Pucol, and Sagunt. These seaside haunts may dizzy the senses with their aura of enchantment, but they will prove to be unforgettable and should not be missed when visiting Valencia if possible.

Alboraya

Known for its quaint farmhouses and splendid plantations, Alboraya is celebrated for its fine beaches and delightful 'hotchaterias,' where horchata is sold to quench the thirst of beach-goers (horchata is a cold beverage made from tiger nuts and is delicious; be sure to order a farton, a sweet bun with sugar icing, to go with it). The surrounding landscape of Alboraya's beaches is filled with fertile, multicolored fields that will delight the senses with their sights and rich smells of earth and sea.  Alboraya enjoys a timeless appeal with its captivating traditional villages and four kilometers of pristine coast. Be sure to visit Barranco del Carraixet, Port Surplaya, and Patacona--popular destinations for Valencians looking to enjoy good beach weather in a beautiful locale.

Sagunt, a Coastal Must-Visit Attraction

This ancient city on the sea is famous for Castillo de Sagunto (Sagunto Castle) with its Roman and Moorish ramparts. The picturesque walls and natural enclaves are beloved by the Valencian community for their extraordinary beauty and ecological significance. The Teatro Romano de Sagunto (Sagunto Roman Theatre), a building declared as a National Monument in Spain, is located in the castle's foothills. The theatre is a major tourist attraction and is regarded as among the most significant ancient Roman sites in Spain. Be sure to visit the celebrated festival 'Sagunt a Escena" (Sagunt to Stage) held at the theatre during the late summer. This is a lovely city to explore for its cultural and natural attractions.

Traveling in the surrounding countryside and regions around Valencia brings its own charms, its own visual enchantments. During your stay in Valencia, be sure to get out of the city from time to time to experience this lovely and sweet region of Spain.

North

Heading northwards toward Rincon de Ademuz, travelers will meet with a great gastronomic, cultural and natural landscape heritage. Rich with custom and tradition, the various counties of Valencia's northern parts must be experienced for their unique character; be sure to make plans to visit: Lliria, Casinos, Villar de Arzobispo, Chulilla, Tuejar, Titaguas, Rincon de Ademuz.

West

Heading in the direction of Madrid, visitors will pass towns and landscapes that are strewn with attractive spots for day-trippers. Loaded with unique settings and vibrant communities, this region is well known for its friendly and charming settings.

Cheste

An international meeting place associated with the region's renowned motorcycling events and races, Cheste is a popular municipality that is well known for the Ricardo Tormo Circuit. Just fifteen minutes from Valencia, this area has long been a staple of international circuits. While the adrenaline of the racing attracts many to Cheste, be sure to see its other attractions like its revered church and the 51-meter-high Bell Tower.

Buñol

Known worldwide for its festival 'La Tomatina' held the last Wednesday of every August, Buñol Attracts travelers from far and wide to enjoy a most singular battle characterized by the hurling of tomatoes! Participants look forward to this lively tomato-throwing event each year. Yet Buñol is home to other attractions like Castillo de Buñol, a major fortress that protects the entrance to a narrow gorge. Aside from its scenic splendor, the town is also well known for its superior gastronomy.

Other places that make exceptional destinations when journeying west include Chiva, Siete Aguas, Requena, Utiel.

When traveling to the southeast (by train), the railway from the North Station to Moixent will allow visitors to enjoy the well known Valencian Communities of Alzira, Xativa, and Moixent.

Food, atmosphere, and natural scenery make traveling in this region a lovely idea.

Erasmus Valencia, International and Exchange Students in Valencia, Spain

Happy Foreigners World exists to help Erasmus students settle in the beautiful Spanish city of Valencia during their studies abroad, and with a population of around 800,000, the city has a great deal to offer students from all around the globe. We at Happy Foreigners World have helped numerous international and Erasmus students with our services, including assisting them find suitable accommodations, spanish courses, bike rental, and many things to do during their free time.

The Erasmus program is the largest and most important student exchange program in the European Union; it exists to give Erasmus students the opportunity to take their studies abroad for a period of time during which they can meet people from all over the world, experience a different culture, and learn a new language. While most of our international students come from elsewhere in the European Union, we also work with students from the USA, China, Taiwan and many other countries around the world. For many Erasmus students in Valencia, this is their first experience in a foreign nation. One of the great aims of the Erasmus program is to promote understanding and to broaden one's experience. Consequently, it can be decidedly helpful to work with a network like Happy Foreigners World that assists with housing but also many other aspects of living in a foreign nation like Spain.

Valencia is home to some of Spain's best universities and it has a wonderful climate with an average of 320 days of sunshine every year. Erasmus students and other exchange students in Valencia will have the chance to enjoy some of the best beaches in Europe during their free time as well as the many attractions of the city itself. Happy Foreigners World will help to ensure that your time spent in Valencia is both enjoyable and productive. We can guide you tothe best festivals, parties, and cultural attractions and can arrange everything from bike rentalto daytrips to other places in the region. Happy Foreigners World can also help you arrange all of the important things you need to live comfortably in Spain including opening a bank account, getting you a mobile phone with a local SIM card, understanding rental contracts and so more.

Valencia is home to several universities, including the University of Valencia, Polytechnic University, Catholic University and the University of Cardenal Herrera. We can also arrange intensive Spanish language courses before you begin your studies so that you will be better prepared for studying in Spain. However, we also recommend that you take a brief course in Valencian, a dialect that is the most frequently spoken language in this region of the country. Once you arrive in Spain, we will tell you where to go to meet people while enjoying some of the best nightlife and most active social scenes that Europe has to offer. We'll arrange a variety of extracurricular activities for you so that you can make the most out of your time spent in Valencia as an Erasmus student.

Our network is pleased to work with Erasmus Valencia and international students that have chosen to make Valencia part of their life for the duration of their studies. From exploring Catalan culture, ancient and renowned one, to finding a nearby bike rental, students have so much to explore about this old city on the enchanting Mediterranean Sea. Erasmus students in Valencia can depend upon our guidance for finding a flat in their budget in a neighborhood near their university. In this way, we not only assist Valencia's foreign exchange students, we give their families peace of mind so they know that these university students have a helpful network to rely upon for just about every aspect of life in Valencia, Spain. We look forward to meeting new exchange students to Valencia and we can't wait to help you feel right at home in this dazzling Spanish city.

Universities and other Centers of Education in Valencia, Spain

With a population of 800,000, Valencia is Spain's third largest city, and in recent years, it has become a mecca for international students such as Erasmus students on study exchange programs. If you are planning to take your studies to this fine ancient city, you'll find a range of exchange programs in the various universities of Valencia.

University of Valencia (UV)

Founded in 1499, the University of Valencia is one of the oldest and most important higher educational centres in Spain. If you are wondering where to study in Valencia, this is one of the best venues for Erasmus students and other international students. While the majority of the courses are conducted in Spanish, there are many others available with Valencian Catalan or English. The university has three campuses, employs around 3,300 academic staff and has 45,000 undergraduates and 8,000 postgraduates. The university maintains many links with other universities around the world, and it is heavily involved in international exchanges making it one of the best places to study in Valencia for foreign students.

Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV)

Established in 1971, the Polytechnic University of Valencia is the second largest university in the city. The university has around 38,000 students. The campus contains fourteen schools and faculties, and it specializes in various branches of engineering, architecture, computer science and fine arts. The school offers various programs for international Erasmus students. It also provides a number of language courses as well as diplomas in Spanish as a Foreign Language.

University of Cardenal Herrera (CEU)

Opened in 1970, the University of Cardenal Herrera is one of Valencia's smaller private universities, although it maintains associations with both of the above universities. This university is also a great place to study in Valencia for foreign exchange students, and its international student exchange programs are growing every year. There are five faculties dealing with health sciences, veterinary sciences, law, business and political science. It has around 7,000 students.

The Catholic University (UCV)

The University of Saint Vincent the Martyr is the principle Catholic university of Valencia, Spain. It is a relatively small private university with around 6,300 students. The university also takes on international students from elsewhere in Europe and beyond, and it provides 43 different degrees through its eight colleges.

Other centers of education in Valencia, Spain

Business & Marketing school ESIC, European University of Madrid, International University "Menandez Pelayo", Florida State University, Valencian International University, National University of Distance Learning (UNED) (Centro Alzira Valencia) 

The Best Places, Areas To Live For Students in Valencia, Spain

Perhaps you're still looking for somewhere to stay in Valencia or you're trying to move to a more convenient area of the city. Don't worry – we are here to help you find everything that the city has to offer, especially if you don't know where to live. In Valencia, we have many rooms available for Erasmus students. Happy foreigners world can help you find student accommodation in the most convenient parts of the city. From student dorms to single apartments, there are many different types of accommodation available, depending on your circumstances.  The following guide will introduce you to the best places or areas to live for students in Valencia, Spain. 

Beach

Water lovers enjoy living near the beaches of Valencia. Living in the beach neighborhoods of Valencia allows a proximity to UPV as well as Politecnic University of Valencia. Erasmus and international students will enjoy all the fun of beach life as well as their proximity to Tarongers Camp. The beach is a lively area known for its excellent social scene and multitude of student parties and gatherings. During the Valencia's hot weather, the beach is the best place to be. Picnics on the beach are popular among students and as Valencia enjoys mostly great weather, the beach is an extraordinary feature of the city. Stroll along the Paseo Maritimo with its enchanting views and enjoy hanging out on the beach, soaking up the sunshine, and taking part in beach and water sports. This is a thrilling section of the city that will not disappoint international students studying in Valencia.

Blasco Ibanez (Blasco Ibañez), Mestalla, Aragon

As one of the best areas of Valencia for international students, Blasco Ibanez is close to the University of Valencia Blasco Ibanez campus. The university is known for its disciplines of psychology, medicine, geography, history, and philosophy and draws many Erasmus students to its doors. This neighborhood boasts many convenient features like the Metro stations of Facultats and Aragon. Students will find that it takes only an enjoyable fifteen minute walk to reach the city center. In addition, it only takes fifteen minutes by foot to reach Turia River where students can enjoy outdoor exercise like running or simply to relax after a fun Erasmus party. This neighborhood is also located near the Campus of Futboll Mestalla, an area that typically teems with students. With its plethora of cafes, buses, and supermarkets, this is an incredibly convenient neighborhood to call home while studying in Valencia.

UPV (Politecnic University of Valencia), Tarongers, Blasco Ibanez (Blasco Ibañez)

This student-friendly neighborhood is a thrilling section of Valencia that enjoys many advantages. It is situated close to the University of Valencia Tarongers campus and Politecnic University of Valencia (UPV). This area is especially popular with students because it is also just a fifteen minute walk to the beach. Students enjoy living and hanging out in this zone which is also home to a myriad of parties and social events. This is an exceptional area for all students who congregate, gather, and meet in the various neighborhood places.

Benimaclet / Metro Line 4

This is another popular neighborhood where many of Valencia's students choose to live. Filled with friendly gatherings and parties, this area is situated near Politecnic University of Valencia (UPV), Tarongers, and the Blasco Ibanez (Blasco Ibañez) campus. For students interested in Valencia's past and iconic cultural features, this section of the city is filled with atmospheric old buildings and architecture. Many students enjoy its air of the past and quaint charms. Of course, old buildings aside, this neighborhood is also home to plenty of bars, pubs, and discotheques. With its vibrant nightlife, students will enjoy living and socializing in this neighborhood of Valencia. Students who study in Burjassot also find this a convenient area to live because it is near Tramway Line 4 that can take them directly to Burjassot.

Between the City Center and Universities / Line 4

Situated ten minutes by foot from Torres de Serrano (the Towers of Serrano), this area is located near the City Center and is home to many local attractions--pleasant cafes and student-friendly pubs. Situated near Tramway Line 4, this is also a convenient area for students who travel for courses in Burjassot. Located between Benimaclet, Blasco Ibañez (Blasco Ibanez) and the City Center, this area has something for everyone and is an excellent place for students to live.

Center, Carmen, Ciudad Vella (Old City Center)

This neighborhood is a great place for international and Erasmus students to procure accommodations. Located near universities of ECAD (Escuela Superior de Diseno), Catholic University of Valencia (UCV), University of Cardenal Herrera, and the University of Florida. Near Moncada and the Old City Center, this section of the city is well known for its monuments, historical, and cultural attractions. It's a terrific place for visiting students who come to Valencia. A tourist-friendly neighborhood, students will enjoy the sites and attractions of the area immensely. With exciting nightlife and many parties throughout the year, this is a celebrated area to rent an apartment of room.

City Center Metro Lines 4 and 5

For international students studying at ECAD (Escuela Superior de Diseno), the Catholic University of Valencia (UVC), the University of Cardenal Herrera, the University of Florida, Moncada, and Burjassot, this is a popular neighborhood to choose housing in Valencia. The neighborhood is also close to the Metro Station Xativa and the Ruzafa neighborhood. With its myriad of bars, cafes, and beautiful architecture, this is a delightful place to call home with studying in Valencia.

Accommodations: Housing, Apartments for Students in Valencia, Spain

If you are looking or searching for an apartment or student accommodation in Valencia, especially if you are an Erasmus student, we are here to help you find your ideal flat in this extraordinary corner of Spain. Whether you are looking for an apartment or room rental, we have many outstanding rental accommodations in various neighborhoods of this city, many of which are in walking distance from area universities. Since these neighborhoods are popular among native students as well as international students, it can be difficult to procure a rental, particularly during peak periods. We work to find students the housing they need, but we encourage Erasmus students to book early to avoid disappointment. The sooner you book student housing in Valencia, the greater selection you will have in any region of the city. Happy Foreigners World has many different types of accommodations for students on offer such as Valencia apartments and flats; students may choose a rental that suits all of their needs.

For international students, moving to an unfamiliar city can be difficult; it can take some time to overcome the language barrier and to understand the different customs of the foreign country. We are experienced in helping foreign exchange students--especially Erasmus students in Valencia--locate the right apartments, houses, or other types of student accommodations in the most suitable areas of Valencia. Naturally, many exchange students often prefer to live near one of Valencia's universities; other international students may have budget requirements when it comes to student housing. We work with students to find the accommodation that suits them best. Whichever country you are traveling from, you can contact Happy Foreigners World and we will answer any questions you have about the city, the universities, where to live, things to do, place to visit, and so much more.

The flats or houses for rent available for international students range from the simple to the more luxurious. Most of our apartments are fully furnished and have Internet access, but please be sure to read the description of each type of accommodation to confirm its specific details. The location and the cost of the apartment should obviously be taken into consideration. If there is anything more you need know, please contact us for additional details.

Shared apartments for students in Valencia also are popular choices for a number of reasons. Not only are the costs of the apartment shared between flat mates/roommates, but there are also more opportunities to meet new people and learn new languages and customs. Vibrant social life is, after all, a part of the whole Erasmus experience. Happy Foreigners World can find you relatively cheap and cost-effective housing in the best areas of Valencia: Blasco Ibañez, Tarongers, Mestalla, Benimaclet, Carmen, the city center, and more. You can book your room quickly and securely and be confident that we will find you the best deal. Remember that we have student accommodations that include apartments, studio apartments, houses/housing, and rooms for rent in shared flats, so we can cater to Erasmus students with various needs and budgets.

We're proud to be a popular choice for Erasmus students and, for this reason, Happy Foreigners World is constantly striving to help international students have a memorable and enriching stay in Valencia. It's such a beautiful city with so much to offer in the way of culture, art, entertainment, leisure, and history. The number of students looking for housing in Valencia is increasing year by year, so it's always best to book a room or flat as early as possible. We do have many rooms specifically for international students, but if the demand is too great we must operate on a first-come-first-served basis. Book your accommodation--flat or apartment room-- soon and join other Erasmus students in Valencia for an experience you'll remember forever. 

Traditional Spanish Dishes, Foods, Cousine, Valencian Paella

Many Erasmus and international students who come to study in Valencia are often excited about the prospect of eating in this city on the Mediterranean. Valencia's cuisine enjoys a wonderful reputation for its traditional meals that are influenced by both Spanish and Valencian culture. Moreover, there are other influences that can be tasted in some dishes like Moroccan, Italian, and even French. In fact, as a major metropolitan city, it's possible to taste flavors and dishes from all over the world as cuisines like Japanese, Greek, and even American food is represented in various city restaurants. Of course, Happy Foreigners World encourages students to taste what makes traditional Valencian cuisine so special and so memorable!

Valencia is especially well-known for its rice dishes that employ the region's high-quality rice which grows so well and abundantly in this part of Spain. Students can expect to find many dry rice dishes such as paella and rice-based stews known as arroz caldosa. Rice is added to casseroles as well in traditional Valencian cuisine. Of course, rice is often accompanied by a wide array of flavors and other ingredients like fresh vegetables, seafood, pork, and so forth to create exceptional dishes that will not soon be forgotten.

The Mediterranean, of course, provides its own bounty to the cuisine of Valencia. Fish, squid, shrimp, oysters, etc...make their way into many Valencian dishes. Esgarrat employs salted cod and roasted peppers for a flavorful dish. Arros negre is made with rice along with squid and squid ink and is a popular Valencian meal. Suquet de peix is made with eel, fish, garlic, and potatoes and is a delicious stew similar to Bouillabaisse. Students who enjoy cooking in their flats will be able to obtain plenty of delicious fresh seafood to complement their meals. If you enjoy seafood, be sure to order tapas when you go out for an evening with your friends so you can sample many seafood creations with their various accompaniments. 

Pork, lamb, beef, and chicken are also incorporated into various Valencian dishes. These are often served along with delicious sauces such as allioli or mullador. Paellas and stews will invariable feature plenty of vegetables to. Onions, peppers, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and many others help balance out many authentic Valencian dishes. Tomatoes are quite popular to feature in various meals too.

Finally, expect plenty of fresh citrus fruit when you visit Valencia. The city is famous the world over for its oranges and other fruits. Students may want to keep plenty of fresh fruit on hand during their stay in Valencia as it makes a convenient and healthy snack. Valencia is also famous for some of its desserts like pastissets, toro, coca, and fartons and horchata.

If you are curious about Valencian cuisine, be sure to contact Happy Foreigners World and we can advise you where to find traditional dishes in your neighborhood. We so sure you'll love the food of Valencia that it will be as memorable to you as all of your other living-abroad experiences!

Transportation, Emergency, Police in Valencia, Spain

When visiting or settling into life in Valencia, be sure to keep this useful information handy. We update this information as needed. Please feel free to contact us with any questions!

Transportation

As Spain's third largest city, Valencia has a sophisticated and extensive transportation network. The following information will allow you to easily get in touch or locate each service provider.

  • Valencia International Airport (VIA)
  • Address: Manises s/n, Valencia
  • Phone: (34) 961-598-500

Valencia Railway Stations  

The Norte Railway Station of Valencia is located in the heart of the city. Daily connections to Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Alicante, Port Bou (French border), Granada, Zaragoza, Bilbao and trains to other provinces leave from here. For more information, tickets and train schedules see RENFE, the Spanish Railway Service.

· Valencia Nord, in the city center Address:   Calle Xativa 24, Valencia 46007. · Cabañal, in Av Blasco Ibáñez s/n. Valencia Central Bus Station  The main bus station (ESTACION DE AUTOBUSES) in Valencia is just around the corner from the Expo Hotel Valencia. From this station, 12 bus companies make their way to all major cities in Spain and Europe and there's also a metro station just a minute's walk from the bus station called  TURIA which is on Line 1. Address: Av. Menendez Pidal 13, 46009 Valencia Metrobus Yellow buses (CVT Red de Transporte Metropolitano) -Fernanbus  takes you to Valencia's suburbs. To find out where each line goes, simply click on the link at the top of each bus route. EMT Buses - The red Valencia city EMT (Empresa Municipal de Transportes) buses have 91 lines by day and 7 by night. EMT travels within the city of Valencia. Additional details about tickets and fares can be found on their website. There's also customer information  that includes frequently asked questions regarding getting on buses  and other needed information which is quite useful. Address: EMT Office, Pl. Correu Vell  5, 46001 - València Metro   Valencia's Metro covers 134 kilometers of track and encompasses 5 lines; additional lines are planned for future expansions. This transport service covers the city and also extends into Valencia's suburbs. For more information, visit:  http://www.metrovalencia.es/page.php?idioma=_en Medical Emergencies The following link provides information about both private and public hospitals in and around the city of Valencia: http://www.infopaciente.com/hospitales_centros_salud.asp?id=48 Please note: the most renowned public hospital for foreign exchange students (urgent care) is: Hospital Clínico Universitario Avda. Blasco Ibáñez, 17, 46010, Valencia Phone: 963862600 Fax: 963862657 The telephone extension for medical service (Ambulancia is 061) If you require immediate help for an emergency, you may call the Valencia police for help contacting medical transport and for additional assistance.

In Spain there are three branches of the Police force: 

Municipal Police - Policia Municipal/Local or Guardia Urbana

These police forces may be found in towns with a population of over 5,000. They wear blue uniforms with white chequered bands on their hats and sleeves; they handle minor crimes such as traffic offences, protection of property, civil disturbances and the enforcement of municipal laws. Please note, on the spot fines can be imposed for a range of offences.

National Police - Policia Nacional or Cuerpo Nacional de Policia 

These forces are stationed in towns with a population over 20,000 residents. They wear brown uniforms and deal with serious crimes such as theft, rape and muggings, and are also used for crowd control.  The Policia Nacional is housed in a Comisaria de Policia (police station), which has an "extranjeros" (foreigners) department that primarily deals with matters such as Residence Cards.

Criminal & Traffic Police - Guardia Civil  

This force deals with major crimes and also patrols Spain's highways and rural regions; they can often be seen patrolling on motorcycles deal and assisting with road accidents. They also act as immigration officers and frontier guards. They wear avocado green uniforms and olive green caps similar to military garb.

If you need to contact the police in an emergency you should telephone: 

  • 062 - for the Guardia Civil
  • 091 - for the Policia Nacional
  • 092 - for the Policia Municipal/Local
  • 112 - for other emergencies telephone

Important Reminder:

Please use one of our associates for translation services if you need to go to the police station to report a crime; this will expedite the process and prevent communication errors. Moreover, they will also ensure that you reach the correct police station!

National English Speaking Police Line Phone: 902-102-112

This is an alternative to a present translator. Upon calling this service, an operator will take all your details in English and translate to Spanish in a report that will be sent to a local police station near you. They will discuss the event with you and advise you which station to visit. The report will be sent electronically to the station in time for your arrival! This service has garnered high praise so we are happy to share this information.

For additional information, visit: http://www.policialocalvalencia.es/

Fire Service/ Brigade (Bomberos) and Sea Rescue

  • Report a Fire Phone: 080
  • Rescue at Sea Phone: 900-202-202

If you have any questions about these services, please contact us and we will be happy to provide advice or assistance.

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