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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Evaf1994
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Una piacevole sorpresa Ho frequentato il corso per tre settimane e non mi aspettavo sicuramente di trovarmi cosí bene! Le lezioni sono frizzanti ed interattive, il metodo di insegnamento è dinamico ed i professori molto preparati ed umani. La lingua viene imparata in maniera divertente e colorata, mantenendo sempre professionalitá.
Inoltre la scuola organizza attivitá ed eventi per tutti i gusti e le etá, nei quali approfondire la lingua, scoprire la cittá e conoscere molte persone.
Consigliata!
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Thomas K
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Ein wirklich sehr lustiger und lehrreicher Sprachaufenthalt in Valencia - un viaje inolvidable 🙂 Ich war letztes Jahr insgesamt zehn Wochen in Valencia und acht davon verbrachte ich in der Sprachschule Taronja. Dies war meine vierte Sprachreise, jedoch die erste in Valencia, deshalb kann ich auch behaupten, dass diese eine der besten Sprachschulen ist, die man finden kann. Sie ist nicht nur, meines Erachtens, günstig sondern auch wirklich strukturiert aufgebaut. Die Besucher dieser Schule waren sehr international und man konnte sich kulturell sehr gut austauschen, da man nicht nur in der Schule zusammen war sondern auch in der Freizeit. Die Schule hat diverse Veranstaltung, bei denen alle recht herzlich eingeladen sind, allem Voran die Paella-Dienstage, da wird nämlich bei lässiger Location gratis Paella angeboten und man lernt spielerisch neue Leute kennen. Mit einigen bin ich noch immer befreundet bzw. man hört und sieht sich via WhatsApp.
Da ich weiter dranbleiben werde, Spanisch zu lernen, ist es für mich sofort klar gewesen, dass ich heuer wieder die Taronja besuchen werde. Vielleicht treffe ich ja heuer sogar einen, der meine Bewertung gelesen hat in Valencia - würde mich freuen 🙂
Ich hoffe, ich konnte euch mit meiner Bewertung helfen und dass ihr auch so eine geile Zeit, wie ich sie hatte, in Valencia verbringen könnt.
P.s.: Für alle die die la tomatina (Das Tomatenfest, wo man sich einfach aus Spaß mit Tomaten bewirft) nur aus dem Fernseher kennt, habt ihr auch hier die Möglichkeit Ende August dabei zu sein, denn die Schule organisiert Bus und Verpflegung 🙂
Hasta luego :)))))
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Emilie Esposito
I chose the school for a last minute trip in Valencia (booked Saturday for a start on Monday) based on a quick Google search and was amazed by the classes and the activities organised after class. Probably a third of the students were working professionals and I didn’t feel « too old » as there were quite a few students older than me!
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jasic2018
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The best school for you to learn Spanish! ☺️ Great teachers, perfect atmosphere, great Activities! Every day is a new adventure, everyone is so opened, help you when you have question and helping you with your Spanish with good material and lessons. Love it, would recommend it to everyone! ️
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Monique S
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Molto buono tutto è perfetto; gli studenti e scuola: le scuole sono molto importanti e molto interessate di risolvere qualsiasi problema
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Lucia Angrisani
Profesores fantásticos, locations super bien....Todo perfecto!!!
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jack_dezza93
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La scuola numero 1 a Valencia Scuola eccellente con uno staff preparato e cordiale sempre pronto ad aiutarti per ogni necessità. Gli insegnanti sono tutti molto bravi, disponibili e simpatici. La struttura e moderna e funzionale con aule dotate di lavagne elettroniche, ipads e sala comune con computer. La scuola inoltre organizza attività molto belle e coinvolgenti, tra cui: lezioni di cucina spagnola, escursioni e paella di benvenuto. Sono stato alla Taronja per 4 settimane nelle quali ho migliorato molto il mio livello di spagnolo e conosciuto gente splendida. La consiglio vivamente a chiunque sia interessato a imparare lo spagnolo a Valencia
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Lee Freeman
I spent a fantastic week at Taronja in May 2019. The booking process was really straightforward (and I appreciated being able to sort out my accommodation through the school too) albeit a little embarrassing when recording a video of myself to have my level assessed 🙈. The booking information I received indicated that someone would be there to greet me at the accommodation upon arrival, but this wasn't the case – I didn't mind though because I'm a grown up and don't really need looking out for like that. The teachers and supporting staff were really friendly and helpful. The classes were challenging and taught entirely in Spanish, which I think is really beneficial and, for the level I was at (~B1), falling back to English shouldn't really be necessary. In the week I was there we alternated between days studying grammar (the present subjunctive) and more 'relaxing' days where we dived deeper into other topics such as ser/estar and por/para (though I would have been happier doing even more grammar studies, but maybe I'm just a glutton for punishment). I think what really stood out about my week at Taronja was the effort put into the social activities. There were things to do every evening and a weekend excursion had been organized too (but unfortunately I had to fly home that day and couldn't attend), so even if you arrive as a solo learner/traveller, you'll be able to find people to hang out with fairly quickly. In case it isn't clear, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend studying at Taronja, however I feel that attending for 1 week simply wasn't enough. Many of the people I met were staying for any amount of time from 3 weeks to 3 months. It's for this reason that I intend to return to Taronja next month for 2 weeks to try and really press on with improving my Spanish (and escape the miserable Dutch summer).
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