According to Money.co.uk, Valencia has been named the world’s healthiest city for the third time. The study, which has been crowned for the second year in a row, assesses how cities prioritize the health of their residents and visitors based on a number of key factors.
During the study, seven distinct areas were taken into account when analyzing what contributes to a healthy lifestyle, including obesity levels, life expectancy, pollution levels, health care, safety, crime rate, and hours of sunlight. The study, which is new for 2022, also considers other factors such as the number of toilets per 100,000 inhabitants, health spending, the percentage of the population with access to health care, and the prevalence of mental and substance use disorders.
Not just a catchphrase for the sun and the Valencian climate, the city receives 2,696 hours of sunlight per year and has an average temperature of 19 degrees. These characteristics, combined with access to acres of parkland and miles of beaches, make the city a year-round destination.
Seasonal produce and sustainable gastronomy
Few cities in the world have access to such a diverse range of rich and natural resources, which benefit locals, markets, and restaurants alike. València is surrounded by miles of orchards that grow native produce such as rice from L’Albufera and tomatoes from El Perelló, as well as oranges, persimmons, and carob beans. The Mediterranean brings a wide variety of fish to the city’s fish market on a daily basis. In addition, in 2022, Valencia will host the Michelin Guide Spain & Portugal meeting in recognition of the city’s cuisine and product excellence.
Low levels of contamination
Valencia’s proximity to the coast helps to naturally purify the city’s air, keeping pollution levels well below those of its European neighbors. Five million square meters of green space in the city center, including the Parque de Cabecera, Parque Central, Jardines del Real, and Jardn del Turia, are just a few examples. Furthermore, recent projects such as measuring Valencia’s carbon and water footprints, as well as the designation of Valencia as a European Smart City in 2022, allow visitors to have a more sustainable and healthy travel experience.
Excellent medical care
Valencia is home to a sizable number of industry health care specialists who work in facilities outfitted with some of the most advanced instruments and technology in the industry. Leaders in oncology, the city is currently awaiting the opening of the Instituto Valenciano de Oncologa (IVO), which has been named one of the 50 best cancer centers in the world for the past two years.
An long life expectancy
According to the study, the average life expectancy of a Valencian is 83.5 years. The peaceful environment, combined with a healthy Mediterranean diet, low levels of pollution, and a low crime rate, make the quality of life ideal for maintaining good health.