Our New Neighborhood: El Carmen: A Visual Journey

No, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth.

But we have just about completed our move to Spain. We have been here in Valencia for about 3 weeks. We have been staying pretty busy managing all of the bureaucracy that comes with a move abroad… finalizing our residency visa here in Spain, registering our stay at the local police station, picking up our health insurance cards, obtaining our residency cards, etc. I apologize for the lack of new posts. Priorities. Priorities.

Most of our time, though, was taken up exploring the various barrios or neighborhoods here in Valencia, and seeing long term apartments for rent. Obviously, choosing the right neighborhood to fit your needs and lifestyle is important.

I am happy to announce that we have found it!

It may not be our forever home… I think it is way too early to stake that claim… but after dozens of apartment viewings in various barrios around the city, we have just signed a 9-month long-term apartment lease on a lovely little open-floor-plan, 2-bedroom/1-bath apartment in the barrio of El Carmen, one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in the city!

El Carmen is known for culture and community.  There is a vibrant art and music scene here including amazing street art… that will be the topic of an upcoming post… stay tuned. It is a small, tight-knit community with mostly small, pedestrian streets so relatively quiet without the street noise you get in busier parts of the city. It is tucked away to the north of the old city away from the train stations, large boulevards, major label shopping stores and most of the tourists.

We are also just one short block from the Turia river park, a 7km long green park that stretches the entire length of the city. It has walking and jogging paths, separate bike paths, gardens, fountains, green grass on which to picnic, running brooks, water fountains, play parks for the kids including a giant play structure with ropes, ladders and slides, soccer fields, cafes, etc… you name it, it’s got it!

It is inside the old city so we are just a few minutes walk to some of the most amazing architecture and historical sites that Valencia has to offer like the cathedral and the old city towers and gates!

But enough of me blabbing!

You want to see what I’m blabbing about! Images speak louder than words. All of these are just steps from our front door in Barrio del Carmen, Ciutat Vella, Valencia, Spain.

So, without further delay… I present…

Our New Neighborhood: El Carmen: A Visual Journey

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Placa del Carmen in the light
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Placa del Carmen: 13th-century church
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Fountain next to Placa del Carmen
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The old monastery is now a cultural center housing precious art
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One of the many cafes which line Placa del Carmen
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Local bar and cafe; the heart is a map of the old city 🙂
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Signposts along the city walking and cycling paths show direction and distance to local sights
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Pont de Sant Josep Segle XVI: a pedestrian-only bridge over the Turia river park
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One of the many medieval towers and pedestrian bridges that encircle the old city
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Honestly, I don’t remember what this is. What do you expect from a small, one-man blog operation?!! 😉
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Plaza of the Virgen: large plaza behind the cathedral

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I hope you enjoyed this short visual journey. Hopefully, many posts to come. I hope to feature some of the amazing street art here locally in El Carmen in an upcoming post.

I would love to hear from you! Comments, questions, and feedback, of course, are always welcome!

Have you been to this amazing city?

Are you planning a trip to Spain in 2019?

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