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Help with Valencia neighborhoods

Can anyone give some background as to the different n'hoods in Valencia city? Thinking about renting a flat for a couple of weeks next May-June and would like to better understand where to consider - or better yet, what areas to take off the list! Looking for a safe,convenient, lively, pedestrian friendly area (we won't have a car) close to good food (and food markets/stores). We are fluent Spanish speakers and prefer to be in a more "local" area but close to hot spots. Any suggestions?

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1. Re: Help with Valencia neighborhoods

If you want to be close to everything you should stay in the center. We stayed southwest of the cathedral but this was not a very nice area (drugs and prostitution). If we go again we would stay southeast of the cathedral. The area around Mercado Colon/Corte Ingles was very nice.

You could also stay near the beach but then you have to travel by metro to the city. We liked going to the beach during the day but having an easy walk back to the apartment after dinner/drinks.

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Thank you for your feedback! This is very helpful. When you say southwest area - is that near el Parc de la Cultura/Plaza de Toros area? Also, would you mind sharing what some of your favorite beaches were? Thanks much!

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The area we stayed in was Calle Flor (not good area). I think north of the Torro would be okay, but we never went south of that area. For us that did not feel like part of the center. Everything around the catedral and southeast around Mercado Colon was very nice.

We only went to one beach. Malvarrosa Beach. It was very good. Sandy, with a long pedestrian street with restaurants and bars looking towards the sea. Every couple of hundred meters there were facilities for renting deckchairs and umbrella's.

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El Carmen is the historic old quarter, there you have the traditional winding streets filled with novelty shops, restaurants and bars. Tranquil Plazas for outdoor dining and refreshments. This is an ideal area to stay as you have everything within walking distance.

The beach of Valencia is one long beach with 3 different names / areas, nearest the port you have Las Arenas, then in the middle you have Malvarrosa and at the northern end La Patacona. It is all very nice, there are more restaurants at the LasArenas end, the Malvarrosa is where all the youngsters go and tends to be the busiest part and Patacona is the newest area with fewer restaurants and people. Hope this helps.

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Hello,

For me the best neighborhood is around El Corte Inglés Sorolla, Calle de la Paz, Calle Colón y Plaza del Ayuntamiento. It´s the commercial center, plenty of shops, restaurants,...and very close to the historical center. It`s beautiful and safe. If you want to rent an apartment, you can see the web page www.wellhome-valencia.con, maybe you can find someone interesting. Regards

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Hi we were in Valencia July 2010 and we loved it. We were based near the city of sciences which was fine as it is very easy to get around the city on public transport and taxis are pretty cheap. Our favourite beach was El Saler to the south of the city. It has lovely clean water and golden sand. You can get sunbeds etc near the restaurants, but if you walk a wee bit further on it is quieter (there is a also a bit that is for naturist's if that's your cup of tea!). You catch the yellow metro bus from Valencia to El Saler village (takes about 20mins), then a 5 - 10 min easy walk will take you to the beach, some buses do a detour down to the beach, but I think that may only be in high season. Well worth it if you want somewhere a bit quieter than the city beach. We also had nice tapas for lunch in the restaurant on the beach.

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