Expats in Valencia often ask us where can I find an English-speaking doctor near me? so we've put together this handy list and map of doctors, clinics and hospitals using information provided by the British government's Foreign Office and the English-Speaking Healthcare Association in Spain.
Expats in Valencia
Valencia is one of the most popular regions in Spain for expats due to its wonderful climate, beautiful coastal and inland areas, excellent flight links, delicious food and wine, and low property prices.
According to Valencia City Hall Statistics Office, in 2019 there were over 100,000 non-Spanish nationals living in the city, representing about 13% of the metropolitan population. In 2020, it was ranked the best city in the world for expats in a study of more than 66 global destinations.
We are Local Experts for Valencia and offer expat advice both directly and through other hand-picked expat service partners in the region.
The Spanish National Statistics Institute says that in the wider Valencia region - known as the "autonomous community" - there were just over 700,000 foreigners resident in 2019, which makes up just over 14% of the total population.
Within the region there are pockets with even higher proportions of immigrants, especially in and around coastal towns and/or the Alicante area, such as Torrevieja, Orihuela Costa, Denia, Benidorm and Javea, which are all particularly popular with expats.
Indeed, in the Alicante area alone there are more than 350,000 non-Spanish residents, some 19% of the local population. Of those, almost 70,000 are British, so getting on for 4% of all those living in the Alicante area are expats from the United Kingdom.
The high proportion of British expats in Alicante has even led to United Kingdom nationals being elected as town councillors in places, although this is changing with Brexit as non-EU nationals are not allowed to stand in local elections.
There are a number of healthcare options for expats in Valencia, from public to private, depending on individual circumstances.
There is a wide range of legal services that expats may require when moving here, or once they are resident in Spain.
One of the cultural differences that expats tend to find hardest to get used to in Spain, is how tax and other official administration is handled. Negotiating what may seem a sea of red tape is a lot easier with good accountants and other advisors.
While many countries have embassies in Madrid, a large number also have consulates locally in the Valencia region, including Valencia city, Alicante, Benidorm and Castellon.