Ayora in Valencia: Neighbourhood Guide for Students!
Ayora neighborhood for students (or Aiora, in Valencian language) is named after the Palacete de Ayora, a small palace commissioned by the trader José Ayora that lies within its boundaries. It’s a residential and quiet area, quite close to the University Area and with great connections with the rest of the city. It has some of the most popular nightlife spots for students within walking distance. Welcome to Ayora!
Located near the University Area
The neighbourhood of Ayora is within Camins al Grau district, and is located quite close to the Valencian beach and within 20 minutes walking distance to the UPV and UV Campus de Tarongers. It’s in the eastern part of Valencia. Its boundaries are: Calle Dr. Manuel Candela, Av. del Puerto, Calle Serrería and Calle Santos Justo y Pastor.
Residential and quiet neighbourhood in Valencia
Ayora is a residential neighbourhood where Valencian families and students live. The buildings tend to be pretty short in height and streets are quite narrow and straight. However, its boundaries are formed by wider busier streets with higher buildings. The atmosphere is quiet, both during the day and at night. And you can see locals doing their groceries at shops within the area.
Ayora Garden is the meeting point for residents in the area, especially for families with children, who like to go and play there.
Traditional bars and international cuisine restaurants
You’ll find it easy to spot a bar in Ayora. Many of them have terraces attached to them, and it’s quite nice to sit down and have a caña (cup of beer). Restaurants meet the need of diners looking for places to eat at low to mid-range prices, both of national and international cuisine. This is definitely not a place to go if you want to have a surprising culinary experience, but it’s just perfect to taste some traditional Spanish food at low price.
El Pollo Criollo is a place of takeaway grilled cuisine that everyone in this neighbourhood in Valencia knows. Its speciality is chicken but it offers different types of meat. Don’t miss it!
Lively nightlife within walking distance
Ayora is pretty quiet at night, but if you’re looking for some unforgettable nightlife during your studies in Spain, don’t worry! There are three nightlife spots for students within walking distance: Plaza del Cedro (10 minutes), Plaza Honduras (15 minutes) and Plaza Xúquer (20 minutes). During weekends these squares and adjacents streets become crowded with students from Spain and abroad who don’t go back home till dawn and enjoy the restaurants, pubs and discos there.
Fallas in Ayora neighbourhood
Fallas are the big celebration in Valencia. During one week in March, the streets become crowded and falleros (local people who take part in the feast), brighten the city with firecrackers, traditional costumes and private parties. People from all over the world come to Valencia to enjoy the special atmosphere!
The neighbourhood of Ayora parties around Falla Duque de Gaeta, whose monumento fallero (an artistic paperboard monument which is burnt on the last day of Fallas) tends to receive awards from the city hall.
Fallas in Valencia city centre. Source: www.elninotdigital.com
Ayora neighbourhood’s facilities
Filling your pantry is quite easy in Ayora neighbourhood. There are several supermarkets in the area which offer food and beverage at good prices. If you would prefer to have a more local experience then just walk into some of the small shops within the area. Some of them offer international or ecological products.
Ayora is above all a residential area, so if you would like to go shopping the best option is to go to the city centre around Calle Colón. You can reach there underground in less than 10 minutes (line 5 or 7, Ayora metro stop).
This neighbourhood in Valencia has quite good sports facilities. Just beside Ayora Garden is the public swimming pool, which is very popular in the area. There are also private gyms for you to stay fit, some of them specialised in yoga.
If you like running just walk less than 10 minutes to the north to Avenida Blasco Ibáñez, a very wide avenue, where it’s quite common to see people doing so!
Ayora Garden has a somehow forest look since the 19th century. In its origin it was the private garden of the Ayora Palace, which was made to José Ayora in the suburban area of the city. Nowadays it’s fully integrated in Valencia and it’s a really good place to stroll around. There are gigantic trees which give the shades where Valencians relax.
The Public Library Vicent Casp i Verger is within the neighbourhood and has free WiFi access. In addition, this area is quite near to University Area, so you can also study at the libraries of UPV or UV Tarongers Campus. You can access them without a student card except when students are taking examinations.
Ayora is well connected to the rest of the city. The metro station Ayora (lines 5 and 7) and the metro-tram station Marítim-Serrería (lines 5, 7, 6 and 9) are within the neighbourhood. The city centre is at a distance of less than 10 minutes going underground. And only 5 minutes in the tram and you reach your lessons at UPV or UV Campus Tarongers.
Would you like to relax on Valencia’s sunny beach? Well, just pack your things and get the tram! In 10 minutes you’re there. Happy experience!
In addition, there’s a cheap public bike network in the city (Valenbisi), which is an ecological and healthy way to more around.
Rooms for rent and apartments for rent: rental rate
Ayora is quite a popular neighbourhood in Valencia for students due to its location and to its mid-range rental rate. You can book a room at a shared flat for about 200€/month. Beroomers can help you find the room or flat you need!
Short and sweet
- Atmosphere: quiet and residential.
- Location: close to the beach and to the University Area (UPV and UV Campus de Tarongers).
- Residents: local families and students.
- Local traditions: Fallas in March, when streets become noisy places during one week.
- Facilities: supermarkets, small shops, public swimming pool, private gyms, green areas to go running, traditional and international bars…
- Transportation: well connected by the metro station Ayora (lines 5 and 7) and Marítim-Serrería metro-tram station (lines 5, 7, 6 and 9). You can reach the University Area, the city centre or the beach in less than 10 minutes. The public and cheap bike network Valenbisi is also a good transport option.
- Mid-range rental rate: You can book a room for about 200€/month.
- Area of Valencia: Ayora is located within Camins al Grau district, in the eastern part of Valencia.
Apart from Ayora, there are other options of neighbourhoods for students in Valencia you could check! 🙂 And if you’re still asking yourself about which city to choose, you’ll be happy to know that we have a complete guide of neighbourhoods for students in different cities!
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