10 useful apps to make the most of your life in Valencia

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Do you want to explore the city of Valencia, to find the best restaurants and sights, or to hear what the locals recommend? Or maybe you are looking for a roommate, eager to find somebody to practice your Spanish with, or asking where the party is tonight. If that is the case, you should definitely try out these useful apps:

Are you looking for a room to rent or somebody to share your apartment with? Badi is an app designed just for you, as its purpose is to bring the two together. With the app you can skip the middleman in your apartment hunt as you can post your room, search for available rooms and roommates, and find your perfect match by using a filtered search — all of it for free. Available for Android and iOS.

Looking for somebody to go for a coffee or practice your Spanish with? Or maybe you are traveling in Spain and looking for a couch to crash on? You must have already heard of Couchsurfing, a popular service that connects travelers and hosts and lets people find others to hang out with. Although the service is not Valencia-centric, it has an active user base in the city consisting of both locals and expats. If you are interested in meeting people and making connections, or looking for fun events to take part in, check what the app has to offer, or use it to announce your own event. Available for Android and iOS.

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Definitely a must have for frequent bus users is EMT Valencia’s official app, similarly named EMT Valencia. With the app you can check your bus timetables, plan new routes, check the balance on your travel card, and recharge your card. With the Metro Valencia Offline app you can similarly search for metro routes and check the timetables even when offline as it doesn’t require an internet connection to work. The app also updates its timetables automatically when your mobile phone has an internet access, so you don’t need to worry about outdated timetables ruining your day. Both available for Android and iOS.

As for Valenbisi users, there are several unofficial apps for both Android and iOS that you can use to find Valenbisi stations on the city map, and to see in real time which stations have available bikes or empty spaces left for parking. Just search for “Valenbisi” in Google Play or App Store!

Searching for the best paella, the cheapest drinks, a cozy coffee shop, or the best bookstore in town? Another popular app that is not Valencia-centric, but has an extensive user base in the city is Foursquare. The app lets you search for services all around the city and filter your search to your specific needs: it also lets you read other people’s reviews, and leave your own ratings. Similarly, the Stay.com app lets you search for recommendations and guides by Valencian locals, be it a restaurant, a cultural attraction, or a day-plan for sightseeing that you are looking for. Furthermore, you can use the pre-planned self-guided sightseeing tours of the Valencia Maps and Walks app to explore the city. All available for Android and iOS.

If you are interested in checking out the nightlife in Valencia, be sure to try out Xceed. The app is a nightlife essential as it lists all the upcoming parties and events in different nightclubs and lets you search for your perfect night by filtering your search according to your music taste and the vibe you desire. Reserve your tickets with the app, and save in entrance fees! However, if you are looking for something else than just partying, you should try Fever. The app offers you suggestions on events and attractions in the city based on your own interests. Choose from a varied selection of categories (everything from city tours to food and wine tastings, music and other live events, cinema, adventure, sports…) and find the events that are the most appealing to you. Both available for Android and iOS.

University CEU Cardenal Herrera is not a partner of any of the mobile applications mentioned.  


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