Nice to meet you. We’re May and Stephanie, two best friends who fell in love with Valencia in 2018. Our friendship started here and so did our new Spanish lives.

Throughout the years, we’ve met so many lovely people, seen great places, and created a big network. What a waste it would be if we keep all of that to ourselves

So, what started as a list of insider tips for our friends, turned out to be great blog material... that's how Friends of Valencia was born: a fresh, handy city guide for friends, visitors, tourists, locals, exchange students, and expats – everyone has to feel welcome.

We’re here to spark your inspiration, connect you with fellow Valencia enthusiasts, keep you informed, and help you enjoy the city to the fullest.


You can ask us all your burning questions, create your own events, join our Telegram group, and find lots of useful blog posts full of tips, tricks, and favorites.
From how to get your NIE number to where to eat the best paella, we’ll always give our genuine opinion and advice. 

Un abrazo,

May & Stephanie

Who are we?

Stephanie Wiendels

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Hi! I’m Stephanie, creative enthusiast in life, freelance copywriter, and Friends of Valencia's content editor. My intuition brought me here (thanks, gal, appreciate it). Moving to Valencia has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made – this city never ceases to amaze me. I love sharing my enthusiasm, creating genuine connections, telling stories, and being of service. That’s why you’ll find me writing blog posts full of tips, tricks, recommendations, and bad puns. When I just moved here, I set up my own Early Childhood Music & Movement classes: Sing & Swing with Stephanie. Yes, I have many interests and passions – every day is different and I love it. What I adore about Valencia? The people, street art, fascinating architecture, the climate, gorgeous parks, tasty food, the typical Spanish lifestyle, colorful houses, the little surprises around each corner, the beach, street parties, and vibrant city life. If you need help finding little gems in the form of places, services, or people – don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Un abrazo, Stephanie

May Meppe

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Hi! I’m May, Founder of Friends of Valencia. In my “normal” daily life I’m the VP of Human Resources at Knowingo. I’m a dog mom of Mali and I live with my boyfriend in Monte-Olivete. In my free time I love walking around the streets of Valencia. My favorite moment is in the spring, when the city smells like fresh orange blossoms (Azahar) because of all of its orange trees. I love Horchata. Paella. Learning Spanish, listening to people’s stories and discovering new places in the city. I’m the organizer behind Friends of Valencia. I like to think that my special power is bringing things/people together. That’s why you will see less of me on the blogs, but behind the scenes I’m here! If you ever want to ask me a question, or if you wonder if I know someone who… [insert your request here]. Feel free to slide into our DM’s! Nice to meet you. Big hug, May