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Your Guide to Valencia's Barrios

Are you wondering where's best to live in Valencia? Or do you want find out where the cheapest places to eat are?

Well look no further! Here's your comprehensive guide to the different regions of Valencia and what they're known for:

1. Ruzafa

Sometimes called the 'Camden' of Valencia, Ruzafa is one of the trendiest areas to live in Valencia. Although it used to be on of the more 'grungy' parts of town, Ruzafa is now packed with charming coffee shops, stylish bars and cute boutique shops.

It's also an easy 15 minute walk from the Old Town and city centre, so is a great place to be if you enjoy shopping or like to visit the historic sites of the town, such as the Cathedral or Lonja de Seda.

2. Cánovas/Mercado de Colón

Situated in the centre of the city, Canovas is great for shopping -- Calle de Colón has all your favourite highstreet shops including Bershka, Zara, Kiko, Primark and many more, and is close by to Mercado Central, one of the most impressive markets in the city.

It's one of the more expensive areas for housing, but is a beautiful area with some spectacular architecture and scenery.

3. El Cabanyal

If you'd like to live close to the beach then El Cabanyal is the place for you! Located directly behind Las Arenas beach, you'll have easy access to sunbathing by the ocean in the summer, as well as to all the lively beach bars which line the seafront. One of my favourites is Boa Beach, which offers a variety of healthy foods, made with the best ingredients, and is a beautiful setting to enjoy a cocktail (or two!).

4. Algiros/Blaso Ibañez

This area is without a doubt the student hub of Valencia city. There are two universities here, so it's full of students and is one of the cheaper areas to live.

Blasco Ibañez is perfect for Erasmus students who are looking to meet similar people and the bars are often full, very lively and fun.

For cheap places to eat in Blasco, I particularly recommend visiting Low Cost Pizza, or, if you fancy putting a Mexican twist on your night, La Cervecería Chapultepec, both of which serve great food and drink at a very cheap price!

5. Benimaclet

Benimaclet has the feel of a small village and is very friendly, and it's narrow streets are pretty and welcoming. It's also one of the cheaper areas to live and is close to the universities, so like Algiros attracts a lot of students. Unfortunately, it's located far from the city centre and from the beach so it can be difficult to get around by walking, but it is well connected to these areas by tram and bus.

What's your favourite area of Valencia? Comment down below about your favourite things to do or places to eat!

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