Sunday, September 11, 2016

Biking in Valencia

Valencia is a great city to bicycle around for exercise, fun and transportation and is getting

better every year.

The city is flat and the weather great.  The local government has been adding new bike lanes and dedicated cycle calles. 

The river park runs 8 km from the Bioparc to the Aquarium.  With the bike trails it is a short ride from one end of the city to the other.

For transportation and convenience you can get a Valenbisi account for just 29,21€ a year.  But you must have a Spanish bank account.

Valenbisi is for transportation not touring or joy riding.  It is free the first 1/2 hour than the price goes up.

  • Annual Hire Card fee: 29,21€.
  • First ½ hour of use: free.
  • 30 to 60 minutes: 0,52 € every 30 extra minutes.
  • Every 60 extra minutes: 2,06 € for every 60 extra minutes. 

For tourists who have a credit card with chip and pin  they can  get a weekly pass for 13,30 €.

If you plan on staying in Valencia for medium or long term and you have a place to store a bicycle  it is advisable to purchase a personal bike.

If you plan in leaving the bike outside at all it is best to purchase a used bike and 2 good locks.  There are many places to purchase well maintained used bikes.  If you find one online at a site like or  it is  advisable that you meet the person in their home and get a photo of their ID.  DO NOT purchase a bike otherwise as it could be a stolen bike.

Some shops we recommend are

Biciklo    -              C/  Pere Bonfill 3                                963921790
                               New and used bikes

La Bicicleteria   -  C/  Zapateros  8        
                               665 94 73 62
                               Used and custom made

Cycloclinic.       -   Mercado de Ruzafa,                                          Ouside
                               Used bikes 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Empadron and Residency

If you are new to Valencia you need to register with the local government where you live.

You will need to go to the Office of Empadron in the City Hall, Ayuntamiento.  The office entrance is on the left side of the City Hall on C/ 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Outlook for the 2016 exchange rate for when to buy Valencia property

Guest Post by Peter Lavelle

 If you’re thinking of buying a property in Valencia in 2016, you may be aware that one of the things that most affects the price you pay is the exchange rate. After all, if the pound strengthens versus the euro, this significantly cuts the cost of buying Valencia property, as it means you receive thousands of euros extra when you transfer money to Spain.

With this in mind, is there a chance that sterling will strengthen against the common currency in 2016? Well, let’s take a look, as well as how this could benefit you when you buy your property in Valencia.

1. The most likely outlook for 2016 is that the pound to euro exchange rate rises, as the UK votes to Remain in the European Union.

According to the latest poll by OBR and The Telegraph, 53% of Brits intend to vote for the UK to Remain in the EU, on the referendum to be held on June 23rd, while just 41% plan to vote Leave. This would lift sterling, because it would remove the biggest cloud currently hanging over the UK’s economic outlook, and in turn lend you a helping hand when you buy your Valencia property.

For example, were the pound to jump from its current 1.26 back to 1.43, where it was before David Cameron announced the referendum date, a £250,000 transfer to Spain would get you €42,500 extra. Quite a boost!

2. Sterling may also fly higher versus the common currency this year, if the Eurozone debt crisis reignites.

According to the European Central Bank’s bi-annual survey of 141 banks, 81% have become less profitable since the ECB implemented its emergency monetary stimulus. This is to say, the ECB’s own stimulus to lift the Eurozone’s economy is actually hurting the currency bloc’s banking sector. If this escalates, it could drag down the euro, which in turn would make Valencia property less costly.

3. The pound may weaken versus the euro, if the UK shockingly votes to leave the EU, in the upcoming referendum.

Of course, there’s always the possibility that the polls could be wrong, and UK voters could favour Brexit on June 23rd. This is possible, because according to electoral strategist Sir Lyndon Crosby, Leave voters are more motivated. Were this to happen, the pound could tumble, because according to virtually every economic analysis available, leaving the EU would damage the UK economy.

With this in mind, to protect yourself against exchange rate volatility when you buy a Valencia property, you could set up a forward contract. This fixes the exchange rate where it is, meaning that were sterling to fall either before or after the referendum, you’d be protected. You’d be able to transfer money to Spain to buy your Valencia property at the exchange rate you’d locked in.

With all this in mind, you’re now in the best position to make the most of the exchange rate when you buy a Valencia property in 2016!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

US News & WR recommends Valencia to Seniors for lifestyle and cost

Retire in One of Europe’s Best Bargain Cities: Valencia

US News and World Report writes about the charms and low cost lifestyle of

 Some of the info is a bit out of date, (3€ haircuts?, 350€ apartments?),   but the general take is correct.  Valencia is a great place to live, and an inexpensive and safe place to retire. 

We tell our clients it can be less expensive in Valencia for retirees than Mexico or Costa Rica and  without the security concerns of Latin America.   On top you  are a short  and inexpensive plane trip from Paris, Rome etc... for great getaways.

The health care system is good and extremely inexpensive in comparison to the United States. The weather is good for outside activity year round, and the lifestyle is healthy.

A retired couple from  Florida who moved to Valencia last year  each lost 20 lbs in the first 6 months without dieting from  walking more and living well.  

It really is a great place for anyone to live  but perfect for retirees.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Berklee  Valencia Commencement Concert

Saturday  11 July  at 21:00   at the Hemisferic

Where: Hemisfèric (Lago Norte) - Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias, Valencia, Spain
When: Saturday July 11, 21:00h (local time)

How to Attend: Tickets required for reserved seats. Free open seating for general public.

Berklee College of Music’s graduate class of 2015 is graduating on Monday July 13th and to celebrate students from all four master’s degree programs on Berklee’s Valencia campus are putting on a special concert that will take place on a floating stage that will be set up on the reflecting pool opposite the Hemisféric in the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia on July 11th.
The event will be streamed live online via Concertwindow. Click here to watch.
The concert features the following performances in a variety of musical styles, multi-media and technology displays, and screening of film cues from the Master in Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games.
Daniel Marin & Friends – Flamenco Percussion Ensemble
Djank Yucca (Nick Bernstein & Gianni Abbott) – “Djank Yucca Presents”
George Lacson (GLP) – “Ain’t it Funny” (Original song)
Gonzalo Eyzaguirre & the Colectiva Corazon – “Nena” (Original song)
Jaewon Kim & Friends – “Aria” (Original song)
Jana Sustersic & Friends – “Uptown Funk” (Mark Ronson)
Ji Hwang (Ji-Unit) – Funk medley (James Brown/Tower of Power/Jackson 5)
Juan Manuel Guevara & Friends – “Construção” (Original composition)
KB Killaz (Kyle Bagley) – “Apple Tree” (Original song)
Lili d’L Sol, Oscar Bahamonde & Bruna Lucchesi – “Amanecer” (Original song)
Maria Achaiba & Friends – Tocoban (Lord Kitchener)
Mi Young Kim Orchestra – “Spain” (Original composition)
Scratch Ambassadors – “Kashmir” (Led Zeppelin, arr. Webber)
Shane Del Robles & Friends – Little Liza Jane (traditional folk song, arr. Robles)
Sharif Elmahdi & Friends – “Evil Love” (Original song)
Sissy Dinkle, Bruna Lucchesi & Mariko Reid (trio) – Medley “It’s a long way”

Tickets are required for entrance to the seated area on the floating stage, but we welcome everyone to bring a blanket or lawn chairs and come and watch on the lawn opposite the Hemisféric.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Broadand Internet Access in Spain

                      Credit NASA
Internet access is a must these days like having electricity and running water. Most of our expat clients first ask about internet access before they even see an apartment. Some owners may have an active account when you arrive. For most long term rentals you will contract with the ISP of your choice. 

The main providers are:
  • Jazztel - The first ISP to provide ADSL2+ throughout the country.
  • Ono - Spain's first cable Internet/telephone and TV provider.
  • Orange - the Internet branch of Uni2.
  • Movistar - Former state telecom monopoly.
  • Vodafone - ADSL and VoIP provider. Purchased Ono Spring 2014

Internet service in Spain is slower than in some other European countries and slightly more expensive. Though very fast options are becoming available as Fiber Optic cable is being installed in the major cities and good deals can be found. Especially in combination with mobile phone contracts.

To set up an account you will need an N.I.E. (Número de Identidad de Extranjero) and a bank account in Spain. We can help with setting up your internet, and with NIE and opening a bank account if neccessary. A bank accont is neccessary as the bills will automatically be debited from the bank account each month.

Installation time these days is quite fast, usually within a day or two. We had a case where we called in the AM and the technician installed the line that afternoon.

Telefonica the legacy phone company still controls the phone lines. So if you contract ADSL interent with Jazztel a technician from Telcor, owned by Telefonica will come to install the line. The router will then be delivered to you by courier within a day or two and you will set it up yourself. If you contract with Movistar, owned by Telefonica they will bring the router for you. Ono the only cable internet provider will supply a cable modem and router.

Installation and a wifi router are generally free. Some companies may ask for a 12 or 18 month contract for free installation and the router.

Basic contracts are for 10 to 15 mega download speeds. DSL companies usually have higher speeds sold as "Máxima velocidad" (maximum speed) or "Hasta 20 megas" (up to 20 Mbit/s); in those offers the speed of the connection depends of the quality of the line (length of the wire, distance from central exchange, attenuation, noise) as those speeds are just at the limit of the ADSL2+ technology. Jazztel gets better results with its "Hasta 30 megas" (up to 30 Mbit/s) because that connection works with VDSL. In contrast to those unguaranteed offers, Ono, the main cable provider, sells its connections as "x megas reales" (x true Mbps).

Depending on location you can expect 50 to 100megas with the more expensive fiber optic service. Ono is now offering 50 megas at a good rate to compete with the fiber. In some areas they offer up to 100mega download speed. We recently did a test on a mobile phone conected to wifi in an apartment in the old city and the download speed was 38mega which is quite good.

All require a fixed telephone line installed even Ono the cable provider. It costs 14 to 16€ a month on top of the internet service. You can get package deals with TV service provided as well.

For basic service, a phone line and internet access, expect to pay ~40a month with tax included.

All of the companies offer discounts if you contract your mobile phone with them as well as your home internet access. Ono was recently purchased by Vodafone. When service was upgraded in one of our apartments Ono offered us 25% off the discounted package rates for Home internet and our mobile phones. The combined cost is now just slightly more than we were paying for  internet access alone.