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Friday, July 11th, 2014

Buying a property in Valencia: The finest areas (II)

Plaza del Ayuntamiento ValenciaIn our previous article, we featured the Pla del Remei district, which is home to the Eixample neighbourhood. The next stop on our tour of the best areas to invest in Valencia, however, is a street which connects Pla del Remei to another district: San Francesc.

Plaza de toros ValenciaThis street is Carrer de Colón, and represents the major shopping hub of the city, featuring department stores and shops from key fashion brands and consumer giants such as Apple. The street runs through the city centre, linking the Plaça de la Porta de la Mar to the historical Plaza de Toros and its spectacular train station Estació del Nord. The latter was designed in a modernist vein by the architect Demetrio Ribes.

Estación del Norte train stationA number of roads run perpendicular to Carrer de Colón and lead to the Plaça de l’Ajuntament. An example is that of the Carrer de Correus, which includes many offices belonging to notaries, lawyers and economists. The Plaça de l’Ajuntament is a popular, open space from which the thunderous mascletàs are launched during the Fallas festival and whose stand-out feature is the city council building. It represents one of the three most important squares in Valencian social life and tourism, providing easy access to other iconic parts of the city. The remaining two squares, Plaza de la Reina and Plaza de la Virgen, are both situated in the city’s Old Town, in the very heart of Valencia. Despite its antiquity, the streets and buildings in this area have been beautifully preserved and it now exemplifies one of the most sought-after addresses in the city, owing to its dimension and legacy.

Mercado CentralOnly a short walk away are the Miguelet and Santa Catalina bell towers, the Valencia Cathedral, the Basilica of our Our Lady of the Forsaken (the city’s patron saint), the Llotja de la Seda (silk exchange that has been recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site) and the Mercat Central. After stopping to rest at one of the market’s many stalls, we can move on to wander around the Carmen neighbourhood, which offers many restaurants and bars, and is very popular both with the local Valencians and tourists alike. Streets in this area include Carrer de Quart and Carrer dels Cavallers, and can be enjoyed time and time again due to the presence of various historical palaces and stately homes.

Las Arenas beachDespite Valencia’s classical past, it must not be forgotten that it is also a Mediterranean city, situated on the sea, and therefore lives between these two contrasting characteristics. The beaches in the city itself are El Cabanyal, La Malvarossa and Las Arenas, and are easily accessible via bus or tram. Located next to the neighbourhoods of Cabanyal and Canyamelar, this is a great place to find excellent restaurants. These city beaches are of a blue flag standard, meaning they are very high in quality, and they also hold the ‘Q’ certification for tourist quality. The nearby areas used to be fishing neighbourhoods, and have preserved their characteristics until today, housing charming, old villas that can still be found just a few metres from the sea. To the north sits the Patacona beach, which is very popular with local Valencians, but actually forms part of the municipality of Alboraya. This is the home of, perhaps, the region’s most popular drink: horchata.

This article will continue in Buying a property in Valencia: The finest areas (III). If you would like to read the first part, click here for Buying a property in Valencia: The finest areas (I).

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