About this listing
Great location with balconies overlooking a tiny park, in a central residential neighbourhood with small shops, restaurants and cafes. Great transport links, a few minutes from both railway stations and 3 metro stations, so easy access to the beach.
We bought Ermita in June 2003 and lived there ourselves for three years. We still stay there when we're in Valencia, so it has very much the feel of home. The building dates back to the thirties and is pretty much untouched. We immediately liked the feel of the place and the fact that, unlike many older Spanish apartments, it was full of natural light.
As a couple we found the flat was a perfect size for us. When we're there we feel completely in tune with the rhythm of the city. There is some traffic noise but it's never bothered us. It just seems part of the experience of being there. Our apartment is on the second floor on the corner. Both the sitting room and bedroom have small balconies overlooking a tiny park. It's the kind of place from where you watch the world go by.
The living room has a large comfortable sofa which can also be used as a comfortable single bed (bedding available on request). There is a TV, DVD and small music system. Fitted bookshelves with a good selection of novels, guide books, maps and some help with Spanish.
We use excellent quality white cotton bedding on the large comfortable bed.
The kitchen is small but has everything you need to take advantage of the wonderful local produce. It has plenty of worktop and storage space and is equipped with good quality pans and knives, ceramic hob, fridge, combination microwave/oven/grill, kettle, toaster.
Although it's a bit of climb there is a communal roof terrace at the top of the building which you're welcome to use. There's plenty of space to dry clothes and if you want to use it for sitting or sunbathing we can provide table and chairs/sun lounger - just let us know.
The immediate area has lots of small independent shops selling everything from wigs to the traditional brocades and outfits worn during fiesta time.
Also well served for food shops with Chinese supermarkets (open on Sundays) and a great little fresh food market round the corner 6 days a week.
On Tuesday mornings there's a lively local market in the streets below, with stalls selling plants, handbags, shoes, cushions, underwear in every shape and form and second-hand fur coats regardless of the weather.
If you have a sudden need for string, there is a wonderful shop round the corner selling every kind you might ever need, and you're still an easy stroll away from the main shopping drag on c/Colon where you'll find all the usual suspects and more.
Both railway stations, Norte and Joaquin Sorolla are 5 minutes walk away. As is Xativa metro stop which is 20 minutes from the airport. Bailen metro stop is a couple of minutes away so you can get to the beach in less than half an hour. Or you can get the bus, from one of the nearby bus stops.
Other things to note
There is free parking in the streets all around the apartment apart from Tuesday morning - though it is customary to tip the gentlemen who usher you into an available parking space.
We divide our time between the Welsh borders, London and Spain, trying to keep the garden under control, obsessing a bit with food - we used to run a small food business - walking in the hills, going to the cinema, enjoying the contrasts between urban and rural life.