We talk to Laurence Lemoine, founder of Valencia Expat Services, about living in Valencia. Spain’s third largest city is perfect for international families. Laurence shares her knowledge of the city, its inhabitants and the Valencian culture while taking care of the bureaucratic side of relocation from family admin to setting up a business.
Well…I’m not at all surprised! I would say that the way of life is very agreeable for many different reasons. Of course the weather is a major point but Valencia has much more to offer. It is a very safe city it is a reasonable size (little traffic, very low pollution, good food, beautiful beaches, friendly people and an interesting culture). And on top of this, the cost of living is medium low and there is a good educational and health system.
Valencia is 100% family-friendly! People are very joyful and there are a lot of things to do and to discover for families. Parks, museums, aquarium, monuments, landscapes and more. The family life is very easy in this city – it is child friendly and offers a lot of activities for the family.
Any kind of remote work! The best is to already be working online because the industrial sector does not offer so many opportunities for a career. When the pandemic comes to an end, hopefully the touristic sector should start again and create more opportunities.
There are a lot of international schools and they are always at the top of the main rankings and the public universities are really good offering a lot of different studies. There are good public and concertado schools but are often not so attractive to the expats because they impose the Valenciano language.
I would say there are still efforts to be made on behalf of both sides: the Valencianos have to open up a bit more and the expats need to make more effort in learning Spanish to be able to have a better integration. In the last 20 years I’ve seen a lot of progress. Here in Valencia Expat Services: we do a lot to create bridges between Valencianos and expats with the organisation of diners and different events.
The key and the challenge is to be able to learn and speak Spanish as I mentioned above. The rest comes easy especially with the help of Valencia Expat Services for everything to do with administration, education, housing and socialising.
I would say that the most family-friendly neighbourhoods are the ones close to the ‘famous’ river Turia Park, the incredible garden of 8 kilometres long that crosses through the middle of the city; this park is multifunctional for all families. But in Valencia you never live far from the park, making most of Valencia a good neighbourhood to live in!
Fantastic, fun and friendly!
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