Spain, a country rich in history, culture, and diverse landscapes, is a traveler’s paradise. From the bustling streets of Madrid to the sun-soaked beaches of the Balearic Islands, Spain offers a multitude of experiences that cater to every kind of wanderlust. Among the many jewels in Spain’s crown, two cities stand out for their unique charm and captivating allure – Barcelona and Valencia.
I think Spain is the best country to live in Europe if you have income/business in other country. I have been living in Marbella, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Valencia. Both Valencia and Barcelona are big cities and I compare living in the city and not the metro area.
Weatherand Pollution. The weather in Valencia is a little bit milder, but for me there is not big difference. Barcelona is more polluted – at least iphone weather app says that.
Parks. This is why I like Valencia the most. It has 9km long park Turia located in the old bank of the river. Apart from that I like the Cabecera park (next to Bioparc zoo), Jardin de Vivers (collection of roses and kids playground to learn traffic signs) and finally the new Parc Central next to Ruzzafa. The city of Barcelona really lacks parks and greenery.
Barcelona here is real winner. 4x more startups funded in 2021 compared to Valencia. Trade shows and fairs. Meetups and conferences = probably 10x difference. Barcelona startup district.
We have spent 7 winter months in Marbella. Renting a 140 square meter, 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath apartment for 1750 euro at Alhambra del Mar condominium.
The best thing about this condominium is – location. It is in the middle of the old town and Puerto Banus. Both walking distance. Many cafes and restaurants are close and my favorite Cuppuccino cafe just 50 meters from my apartment. Only 10% of apartments have people living during winter months.
Negative things about this condominium: no heated pool. (november is already cold to swim)
No decent tennis court nearby. (Grand Melia hotel which is 5 minutes walk has both tennis and padel courts, but tennis courts are very poor) view from balcony