The most authentic and artistic part of Valencia is Benimaclet. This used to be a small village and was not part of Valencia, which is something that differs this neighbourhood from the rest of Valencia. Taking a walk in Benimaclet still feels like you are outside of Valencia, thanks to its own style of architecture and the typical atmosphere.
As this used to be a small village outside of Valencia, Benimaclet has its own central place with a small church. The old inhabitants are still proud their ‘own village’, although it is an official part of Valencia these days. Contrary to el Carmen, Benimaclet is not famous for any special buildings or ancient monuments. Benimaclet is known for its atmosphere and architecture which is different from the rest of Valencia.
Benimaclet is very popular among students, and even more among Erasmus students, as it is a cheap and nice place to live. As it is close to both Blasco Ibañéz, the campus of the Universities and the old city centre, this is the perfect strategic location for students. The popularity among Erasmus Students makes it an international neighbourhood, which causes a the older, Spanish population.
Concerning the public transport, there are several ways to get to Benimaclet. There is a direct connection to the city centre, using the metro line number 3. Furthermore, by using line 4 or 6 you will be at the beach within 10 minutes! What does an international student in Valencia need more? The university, the beach and city centre, all of them are easy to reach from Benimaclet!
Every year the Fiestas populares de Benimaclet are celebrated. In these alternative festivities, the popular culture, the Valencian language and territorial defense are celebrated. All activities are for free and for all ages. Different types of activities are being organized in all of the neighbourhood, such as Paella events, dance shows and other spectacular events.