Valencia is the third largest city in Spain, behind the pretty pair of Barcelona and Madrid, and has always been looked down on because of this. The theatre critic Kenneth Tynan dub it ‘the world capital of anti-tourism’ forty years ago, revelling in the city’s griminess, perverseness and lack of attention to the needs of visitors.
However things are changing and Valencia is now more than holding it’s own and is a destination in it’s own right, not just a gateway to the Costa Blanca!
Perhaps the most noted symbol of the new Valencia is the City of Arts and Sciences – a vast space-age complex of buildings. An opera house, a science museum, aquarium and showcase tennis court have all been constructed, attracting visitors from all over the world, and are frequently used as the backdrop in adverts for new sports cars.
The attractions of the older part of the city have also been given some much-needed attention. Valencia once felt neglected and down-at-heel. Now, however, a great number of these buildings have been restored and painted, their facades shining bright pinks, reds and blues.
So Valencia is back and looking good and is a great location to be an expat!
If you are heading to Valencia or Spain make sure you have taken out good travel insurance over 75 to cover for all medical conditions.