Valencia has an exceptional quality of life. This is a fact known all over the world. Now, it is also recognised. Money.co.uk magazine has named the capital of the Turia as the healthiest city in the world. It also occupies first place in the ranking for the second year in a row.
This list of healthy cities has been configured on the basis of many criteria. The most important are life expectancy, obesity levels, health care, pollution levels, hours of sunlight, safety and crime rate. Other factors such as the number of toilets per 100,000 inhabitants, health expenditure, percentage of the population with access to health benefits also played a role.
Why is Valencia the healthiest city in the world?
Valencia is a great city to live in. It is a large but accessible city. It has many services and is adapted to the use of citizens rather than individual transport. All these factors contribute to the fact that Spain’s third largest city is a world leader in health.
Low pollution and long daylight hours
Valencia and rain don’t get along. Not even clouds. The capital of the Turia has 2,696 hours of sunlight a year and an average temperature of 19 degrees. A pleasant climate that fills the terraces of bars, parks, swimming pools and beaches. Valencians are not lacking in vitamin C.
Added to this is Valencia’s very small ecological footprint. The sea purifies the air in a city that has large gardens and parks that oxygenate the metropolis. The Parque de Cabecera, the Parque Central, the Jardines del Real and the Jardín del Turia are the most visited.
First class health and life
Spain has an efficient and well-prepared public health system. Valencia has public and private centres that are internationally recognised, such as the Hospital La Fe and the IVO, an oncology health centre that is one of the top 50 oncology hospitals. In addition, the capital of the Turia has a large number of health centres that improve the quality of life of Valencians.
The great health care is combined with the long life expectancy of Valencians. The average age is 83.5 years. This is due to the quality of the Mediterranean diet, health care and the opportunities for sport in Valencia. Named the City of Running, it has large parks for exercise and world-class infrastructures such as L’Alqueria del Basket and the Valencia CF facilities. Sport in Valencia is very important and influences society.
Practising sport in Valencia
Some of the factors that make Valencia the healthiest city in the world are not under our control. Neither the gastronomy, nor the light, nor the sea. But we do have one very important quality at our disposal: exercise. Doing sport in Valencia is very easy if you know how.
Play football in Valencia
Football is a fundamental element in Valencia and trying it out is one of the best options for sport. Note that it has two teams in the Spanish first division of football Valencia CF and UD Levante. And within a 100k radius another two Villarreal CF and Elche CF.
The ideal place is SIA Academy. Soccer Inter-Action’s international football academy is located in Enguera, between mountains, where you can breathe fresh air and enjoy the sport combined with great views.
SIA Academy brings together all the conditions that make Valencia the healthiest city in the world. Continuous sport, guided by our professionals, Mediterranean food to get the most out of the footballers’ potential and great health care. Both to prevent injuries and to avoid catching COVID-19.
SIA Academy, a healthy place
The SIA Academy high performance centre is a safe and healthy facility. International players coming to Soccer Inter-Action know first hand the health protocol to avoid COVID-19. All staff and players are vaccinated including the 3 doses. The sanitation of the residence rooms and football playing equipment is paramount.
In addition, the physical trainer, doctor, physiotherapist and nutritionist work together to look after the physical health of the players. The SIA Academy’s sports psychology service also helps in terms of mental health. An unbeatable ecosystem for doing sport, playing football and improving your life..