Looking for something a little out of Valencia city centre? Bétera and Pobla de Vallbona could be very good options. Both towns are part of the Valencian community with easy access to the main city via the Metro. Nonetheless, both municipalities themselves have much to offer such as shopping centres, international schools, and their own history.
With a strong focus on the local culture, immersing yourself in Bétera couldn’t be easier. The nearby E´scorpion Golf Club also provides the town with some local activities. The town also has serval farmhouses built as restaurants and for recreational activities.
Bétera has a strong traditional aspect within the village and the once existing Castle remains as a prominent historical landmark in the centre of the town. Properties closer to the town are known to have this traditional appearance, however if you are looking for a modern twist, urbanizations such as Maravisa, La Sima, La Cañada and Montesano might be more suitable.
Similar to Bétera, but more modernised with beautiful urbanisations nearby. History is still felt in some of its downtown streets, with buildings such as the Parish Church of San Jaime Apóstol. Some of the houses on the old Calle Mayor still display heraldic shields on their facades.
If you want to enjoy the outdoors, the Mirador del Tos Pelat is a good option for hikers and cyclists without presenting too much difficulty. You can also go to the wooded area of La Manguilla, which has comfortable picnic areas.
Both towns are also close to La Vallesa, a nature reserve, and the Turia National Park, popular for making the most of the outdoors, with hiking trails, easy routes to cycle around. Best of all, there is a metro station within La Vallesa forest, making it easy to travel to and from on a nice day out.
It is also worth mentioning the schools around these areas, as there are well-known, desirable institutions such as the British College La Cañada and English School Los Olivos. Others include Home School International and bilingual colleges, perfect for consideration if raising a family.
If the city life isn’t for you, or you are considering the practicality of working in Valencia and residing in the suburbs living the Spanish lifestyle – both these quaint towns have you covered! Tempting, isn’t it? Just remember your sun screen!
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