Arrancapins … Do you know?Laurence Lemoine
Centric, but not over crowded, fashionable, but not (yet?) “Hipsterized” … This is Arrancapins, the urban area of Valencia that is moving up, up, and up …
Spotlight on this “barrio” that is beginning to attract attention, because when it comes to Ruzafa, Ensanche, Cabanuyal and Carmen they are not necessarily the most popular when you are looking for a neighborhood that is easygoing and not to hard on the budget, and the wheel keeps turning … Today, this district located between the Gran Vía Fernando el Católico and the Avenida Pérez Galdós (Extramurs district) evolves quietly, imposing itself as a lively, pleasant, cosmopolitan and practical district, because perfectly connected by metro and buses. Unlike Ciutat Vella or Ruzafa, Arrancapins is not a victim of mass tourism and offers a nice balance between family life, neighborhood life, shops, bars and restaurants, all near the center and the famous “Rio Turia”, this riverbed diverted to become an 8 kilometers long park.
While randomly walking through the streets of this area you will be surprised by the number of bars and famous restaurants found there! Starting with the famous Raussel (Calle Angel Guimera 61) celebrating its 70th anniversary, a bar of “toda la vida” as they say here! Not far away, a good Basque restaurant, Easo Berri, honors Spanish cuisine as also do Orson, Cracovia, Paula’s Taula or the famous Pamibori Tapas.
Among the hotspots, is the famous Abastos market, where there now is a sports center (with an indoor swiming pool), a police station, a school and an annex of the town hall. Inaugurated in 1948, this market was an arrival and distribution platform for fresh products for the whole city. Another interesting building is the famous “finca roja” located in Calle Jesus (not very far from “Dulce de Leche” for true pastry lovers!), one of the emblematic building of Valencia, because besides its red-ocher color, and its imposing facades, the “Finca Roja” completed in 1933 contains nearly 400 homes with a large community area in the center.
Arrancapins has a discreet charm, but is attracting more and more attention , proof of this is the steady rise in real estate prices, both for renting and buying: the average price is 1,928€ per square meter, which is 5.85% more than 3 months ago, the price of the average square meter, all areas combined, is established in the city of Valencia around 1 200 euros.
A lively Neighborhood and interesting by its geographical position almost strategic (nothing is far!) Arrancapins is begining, slowly, but surely to make its place in the sun.