Out on the Town

If you’re looking to live in a city where there’s always something going on, then Valencia is the place for you as it’s famous for its vibrant nightlife. The main spot for nightlife is, undoubtedly, the Barrio del Carmen, located in the historic heart of the city. Here, Bohemian tradition (quiet cafes and get-togethers on outside terraces) rubs shoulders with modernity (many clubs offering a wide variety of music).

The student nightlife is found along the Avenida de Aragón, in the Plaza de Canovas, also in the university area along Avenida Blasco Ibáñez, in Plaza de Honduras, Plaza Xúquer and Juan Llorens. During the warmer summer months there is also a lot of nightlife on the beach along the Paseo Neptuno. Other vibrant areas include the Port and in the area surrounding Malvarossa Beach. The Spanish operating hours however do take some getting used to. The bars don’t get busy until well after midnight and although the discotecas open at about 2am, they don’t get going until 3.30/4am, closing at 7am.

Botellons are very common in Valencia. Essentially, the botellon is Spain’s version of drinking on the street. It is not unusual for large groups of young people to assemble in a public place and bring bottles of beer or vodka. While it is strictly illegal, often the police turn a blind eye. It is popular to hold one before heading into town on a night out. Of course, these take place a lot more often during summer months!