By Morag Peers (travel writer)
When looking at places where to buy an apartment by the coast one of the very best places to consider is the coastal town of Valencia. Spain’s third largest city has a lot to offer and should be top of the list when looking for a great place for a holiday.
Getting to Valencia in Spain from the UK is very easy. The most cost-effective route is with one of the budget airlines such as Ryanair and easyJet, who fly direct from Gatwick, Stansted and Manchester airports. There are several flights per day, and by selecting your days to travel carefully, the price can be as low as £23 one way. The public transport network in the Valencia area is superb, meaning that once you have landed it takes no effort to hop on a bus or train and speed away to the city centre or one of the surrounding towns such as Denia or Cullera. For tourists who prefer to go under their own steam, there are many car hire options at the airport too.
As Valencia is situated on the Mediterranean coast, the climate is pleasant and temperate all year long. Snow and ice is almost unheard of, so when it is cold and wet in the UK, the weather in Valencia is more likely to be sunny and warm.
There is a huge choice of accommodation in the Valencia area, with something to suit everyone. For short stays or vacations, there is a wide range of holiday rentals, ranging from smart apartments with shared pools and sea views to huge, luxurious villas with infinity pools and top of the range furnishings. Those wishing to make a permanent move to the Mediterranean, or invest in a second home will find that the difficulties in the Spanish economy have resulted in a large amount of housing stock coming into the market. Prices are competitive, and now is the time to snap up a bargain on that holiday apartment or home in the sunshine of the Mediterranean.
Spain’s national dish, paella, originated in the Valencia region and the area is well known for its culinary tradition. Every restaurant and bar will have its own variation on the classic recipe, and in general food is excellent value for money. Make sure to try the other local specialities made with rice, as well as the fruit and vegetables which grow in the fertile farm land.
Valencia offers something for everyone, from top class shopping and museums to a nightlife which rivals the clubs found in Ibiza or Barcelona. It’s the perfect holiday destination for people wishing to combine fantastic beaches, great shopping and nights spent in some of the best clubs in Europe. For those who prefer a quieter night out, follow the Spanish tradition of “tapeo”, which is going from bar to bar, having something to drink and small snack or tapa at each bar.
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