Valencia has been overlooked as a serious contender for retirement or investment, but it enjoys a wonderful climate, vibrant lifestyle, and great location and communications to the rest of Europe, on top of a highly affordable cost of living. Valencia wears its history on its architectural sleeve. Its Roman, Muslim, and early Christian past is all over, as well as its Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque city at heart. With such a rich and varied history, Valencia is a fascinating mix of cultures.
Valencia is well-located, with fantastic communications links to the rest of Europe. France and the ski-slopes of tiny, tax-free Andorra are under a five-hour drive and the rock of Gibraltar is also within easy reach.
With an average temperature of around 70°F year round, Valencia has perfect weather conditions for an active, healthy and varied lifestyle. This part of the Western Mediterranean has some of the finest beaches in southern Europe. The mountains are within easy reach and the Valencian Community offers excursions to national parks and other sites of historical and cultural interest. Valencia offers theater-goers, music-lovers, and culture-vultures a plethora of variety and venues, from the Berklee affiliated Palau de la Musica (the Palace of Music) where you can hear world class jazz, to hip clubs and live-music bars. A round of golf at any of several Valencia golf clubs cost less than 100 euros.