Why is Valencia the European Green Capital 2024?

Valencia will become European Green Capital 2024

In one year’s time, Valencia will become European Green Capital 2024 thanks to its efforts to become a sustainable city.  But what does this recognition mean for Valencia and for Valencians?

Valencia European Green Capital 2024

Valencia is the best city to live in. This is what Forbes magazine assures in its latest list of the 50 best cities in the world, and this is what a study carried out by InterNations assured in 2021.

The capital of Turia has many attractions: located next to the beach, with mild temperatures and more than 300 days of sunshine a year, it has excellent communications by land, sea and air, affordable prices, a high quality of life and a wide range of leisure, culture, restaurants and education.

In fact, in Valencia, there are different university campuses, both public and private, where it is possible to study scientific or humanistic subjects.

But Valencia is also a city that has recently opted for more sustainable development

Valencia will become European Green Capital 2024, Albufera lake

Proof of this is that it will hold the title of European Green Capital in 2024, thus joining the exclusive club formed by other capitals such as Stockholm (Sweden), Hamburg (Germany), Vitoria, Nantes (France), Copenhagen (Denmark), Bristol (United Kingdom), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Essen (Germany), Nijmegen (Netherlands), Oslo (Norway), Lisbon (Portugal), Lahti (Finland), Grenoble (France) and Tallinn (Estonia).

As has happened with Valencia being World Design Capital in 2022, throughout 2024 Valencians will enjoy an extensive calendar of activities around sustainability, including workshops for all audiences, film festivals, exhibitions or local initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint in collaboration and in which companies, businesses and public entities will participate.

But why has our city received this prestigious award?

1.   The Turia riverbed is the longest urban park in Europe. In total, it covers 120 hectares and is 12 kilometres long, connecting the City of Arts and Sciences with the Bioparc.  In this large park, events and open-air activities are organised, and it is very common for Valencians to go there to do sports (running, cycling, skating, etc.).

Valencia will become European Green Capital 2024, Turia Park

2. Valencia is committed to protecting its green spaces. Among them, the Albufera Natural Park stands out, a unique wetland with rich biodiversity located very close to the capital.

Valencia will become European Green Capital 2024, boat Albufera lake

3.   Valencia’s streets and squares are safe and friendly for passers-by. Proof of this is that in recent years the city has been pedestrianised to make its historic centre more walkable and cleaner.

Valencia will become European Green Capital 2024, pedestrian streets

4.   Our city is a model of urban sustainability and ecological transition and is becoming cleaner and less polluted every day.

5.   If you come to Valencia to study Spanish, you can cycle practically everywhere: we have a network of more than 160 kilometres of cycle lanes, and we are one of the best cities for using this clean and beneficial means of transport for the environment and for your health.

Valencia will become European Green Capital 2024, Bicycle city

6.   Valencia is also a pioneer in the application of audits of the carbon and water footprint of tourism activity, which allows us to take the necessary measures and establish the necessary solutions to achieve carbon neutrality in the sector by 2025.

7.   Thanks to new technologies and digitalisation, Valencia has become the Capital of Design and the Capital of Smart Tourism in 2022. Holding the green capital in 2024 will be a new challenge for a modern city willing to open up to the world.

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Kim Jautze Avatar
Kim Jautze
I’ve been at the Taronja school for only one week but I’ve had a great experience with the teachers, the methods that they use (which are super interactive and fun) and the organization of the school. I would definitely recommend this school if you want to learn Spanish in Spain!
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Stef_Ferra91
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No Regrets! Ero alla ricerca di un'esperienza estiva differente, qualcosa che potesse permettermi di accrescere il mio bagaglio culturale e perché no di crescere, conoscere gente migliorare una lingua che sempre mi ha affascinato, così ho deciso: me ne vado in Spagna, a Valencia (ne ho sentito parlare così tanto che mi son detto devo assolutamente andarci). Così inizio la mia ricerca di scuole, ne vedo un pò inizio a fare le prime indagini perché comunque si vuol sempre andare in un posto che ti faccia star bene, ne vedo una, due però nessuna che mi abbia fatto scattare la "scintilla" finché non mi imbatto nella scuola TARONJA, inizio a visitare il loro sito a leggere un pò di recensioni cosi li contatto, è che dire i piccoli dettagli fanno la differenza, assistenza e cordialità fin da subito, dalla prima email è cosi ho deciso che è qui che avrei passato le mie 2 settimane. Un'esperienza stupenda che porterò sempre con me, che non vedo l'ora di ripetere il prima possibile. In Taronja si respira un ambiente familiare, tutto lo staff è sempre disponibile, simpatico e meritano un sentito complimento. I prof sono tutti giovani quindi imparare e migliorarsi diventa molto più facile. Cosa fondamentale sono le attività organizzate dalla scuola avrete sempre qualcosa da fare e non è mai qualcosa di noioso! Sono felicissimo della mia scelta!
Hasta pronto Taronja!
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Fedele CV Berta Ochando
recomiendo esta escuela por ser una de las escuelas acreditadas por el Instituto Cervantes y pertenece a Fedele Comunidad Valenciana. Cumple con todos los requisitos de escuela segura y las actividades que realizan integran a los estudiantes en la cultura de la Comunidad Valenciana y sobre todo de Valencia.
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Max Weigand
I enjoyed my classes at the Taronja school. I had nice teachers (Ne, Sa, Ya) and learned a lot of Spanish. I got a lot of attention from the teachers, the interns and the organizing staff. There are a lot of younger students (18-30) but I am sure middle-aged or older students have a lot of fun as well. I felt a little bit like back in school 18 years ago. I enjoyed this feeling.There are many activities during the week. You get the chance to talk a lot of Spanish (if you want to talk Spanish). I can't understand most bad recommendations. If you want high-educated native speakers with classes of 4 persons and the very same Spanish level someone has to tell me a country in Europe where you get this below 800 Euros a week! The price-performance ratio is very good, in my opinion. I am sure for the money you pay you get a Spanish boost and a good time (I can't say anything about the accommodations, because I stayed somewhere private). I sometimes have the feeling that in the eyes of foreigners spanish teachers and staff are expected to work for small salaries (instead of a fair salaries). Maybe this is something to reflect on and everybody is free to invest in private lessons. The new school building is very, very nice! I strongly recommend this school (also for students older than 30)!
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yazmin hunter
I came to Taronja on a friends recommendation and I am so glad that I did! I only did one week intensive and am already signing up to do more lessons. The classes are interesting and fun. The teachers are enthusiastic. Also the daily activities are really well organised. Fully recommend for anyone - no questions asked 🙂
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Patrick Golz
Really amazing language school in Valencia. Groups are small and the teachers are very nice and know what their doing. And they organize really cool events every day to get to know the other students and practice your Spanish. Will come back next year for sure.
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Paola Campanelli
Fantastic friendly school with perfect service. ¡Me gustó todo!!
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Alessandro Schuler
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Sehr positive Erfahrungen!
Ich habe die Spanisch-Sprachschule Taronja in Valencia 2018 für 4 Wochen und dann erneut 2019 für 3 Wochen besucht. Mein Eindruck ist absolut positiv und ich kann jedem meiner Freunde nur dazu raten, solltet ihr euch für eine kleine Sprachreise in Spanien interessieren.
Die Kurse bei Taronja sind inhaltlich super organisiert und der Lernfortschritt ist durch die recht kleinen Gruppengrößen (ca. 5 Personen plus/minus) immens. Sämtliches Lehrmaterial wird bereitgestellt. Alle Lehrer sind sehr kompetent, freundlich und engagiert. Die Unterrichtseinheiten sind zu 99,5% in spanisch.
Neben der klassischen Unterrichtsform wird auch mit Hilfe von Spielen gelehrt. Wir haben je Woche musiziert, gesungen, getanzt und gekocht. Die eingesetzten Medien (Youtube, Apps, Whiteboards, ...) sind sehr neumodisch. Wünsche oder Ideen der Schüler wurden aufgeschnappt und der Unterricht dementsprechend individuell angepasst.
Neben den eigentlichen Kursen bietet Taronja eine Vielzahl an zusätzlichen sozialen Aktivitäten am Abend an. Man hat wirklich das Gefühl in die spanische Kultur integriert zu werden.
Valencia hat als Stadt einiges zu bieten und es herrscht ein sehr angenehmes maritimes Klima.
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Very positive experience!
I visited the spanish language school Taronja in Valencia for 4 weeks in 2018 and for 3 weeks in 2019. My impression is absolutely positive and therefore I‘d like to encourage all of my friends in case you are interested in attending a language school in Spain.
The courses at Taronja are super organized and you can learn in a fast pace due to the small groups (around 5 students per class). All the learning material is provided by Taronja. All the teachers are very competent, friendly and motivated. Nearly 99,5% of the lessons are Spanish.
Besides the traditional style of classes, you also learn by playing games. Every week we plyed music, we danced, we sang and we cooked. They used innovative media (youtube, applications, whiteboards, ...). Student‘s wishes or ideas were considered and the lessons were adjusted accordingly.
In addition to the official lessons, Taronja offers a lot of social activities during the afternoon and evening. Thus you have the impression you become easily integrated to the Spanish culture.
Valencia as a town is very interesting and offers a lot of possibilities, combined with a maritime climate.
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¡Experiencias muy positivas!
Tuve clases de español en la escuela Taronja en Valencia durante 4 semanas en el 2018 y 3 semanas en el 2019. Mi impresión es absolutamente positiva y solo puedo aconsejar a cada uno de mis amigos si estás interesado en un pequeño viaje de idiomas en España.
Los cursos en Taronja son súper organizados. El progreso del aprendizaje es inmenso debido a los tamaños de grupos bastante pequeños (aproximadamente 5 personas más o menos). Se proporciona todo el material didáctico. Todos los profesores son muy competentes y además son muy amigables y motivados. 99,5% de las clases son en español.
Además de la forma de enseñanza clásica, también se enseña mediante juegos. Tocábamos música, cantábamos, bailábamos y cocinábamos cada semana. Los medios utilizados (youtube, aplicaciones, la pizarra técnica,...) son de última tecnología. También los profesores recogían los deseos o ideas de los estudiantes y adaptaban las clases en consecuencia.
Además de los cursos teóricos, Taronja ofrece una variedad de actividades sociales adicionales por la tarde / noche. Realmente tienes la sensación de estar integrado en la cultura española.
Valencia tiene mucho que ofrecer como ciudad y hay un clima marítimo muy agradable.
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