VALENCIA'S MARVELOUS BEACHES
Beaches and the Port - Paseo Maritimo, La Malvarrosa, Las Arenas, Cabanyal , Patacona and Alboraya
Valencia has stunning beaches, most of which have blue flag status. Summer and winter the promenade makes for a lovely walk and there is a superb choice of bars and restaurants right on the beach. The Paseo Maritimo is just the place for great fish restaurants and to taste that Valencian speciality, paella, particularly on a Sunday, when families come from all over the area for lunch.
The beaches closest to the city are Playas Malverossa, Las Arenas, Cabanyal, Alboraya and Patacona. All are easily accessible from the city by public transport.
From the city take:
The beaches are beautifully clean and safe (see right) and most offer showers and toilets. Sunbed hire and umbrellas. The Red Cross supply lifeguards who patrol the beaches and the sea during the summer. There are various play areas, nets for ball games, children's climbing frames and the good mews is that there is plenty of parking right next to the beach.
Most weekends one can find a market along the promenade selling clothes, jewellery and knick-knacks.
Right next to Malvarossa beach is the Port America's Cup. At the time of writing, the America's Cup has just finished, and the future of the port is uncertain, but we will update this section when things change! As it stands today the port is a fabulous place to visit day or night, it has to be said the America's Cup certainly brought the port alive. What was just a working port and ship terminal is now a hip, cool and fun place to visit. An abundance of restaurants bars and clubs makes this a great place to spend an evening.
Port America's Cup has a marina area with Superyacht berths, so there are usually lots of wonderful boats to look at.
Other nearby beaches to the north and south of the city - Pinedo, El Saler, Devesa, El Perello, La Pobla de Farnals, Puig, Puçol, Sagunto and Canet
There are many more beautiful beaches both north and south of the city. Valencia has a straight coastline, there are very few coves and cliffs close to the city, but most have lovely sandy dunes and long stretches of nothing but sand.
As you follow the coast road north out of the city you will notice that the A7 motorway was built just a bit close to the sea, in the process losing some potentially great beaches. But you can find little pockets of beach if you drive up the coast between Port Saplaya (another interesting area - more later) and Pobla la Farnals and beyond at Puig, Puçol, and Sagunto and Canet
Access to beaches south of Valencia is easiest by car, though there are buses, the numbers 14 and 15 to Pinedo.
The Valencia Bus Turistic has a L'Albufera Route for 12 Euros which includes a boat ride around the lake and rice paddies.
To the south of Port America's Cup you pass the main working port, The Royal Valencia Yacht club and marina, it's quite a messy area to drive through and one has to go inland a little to pick up the coast road again.
First comes Pinedo, a small hamlet with a good coastline and local restaurants.
El Saler is the next the village and is a fun, old fashioned little stretch of local restaurants, small hotels and several campsites, with the beach a few minutes away down woody lanes. Once you get down these lanes there are very good restaurants right on the beach.
The Parc Natural de L´Albufera is a beautiful stretch of protected park land from El Saler to L'Albufera. It's a fabulous place to walk or cycle through the pines and dunes and around the rice paddies. (Also you will come across several tower blocks looking completely out of context, due to a planning error in the 70's!)
El Palmar is a little village inland just after the L'Albufera. El Palmar is said to be the home of the Paella and this tiny village is crammed with restaurants all serving and specialising in Rice, it is said that they serve over 100 different rice dishes here. Look out here for the typical Valencian 'barraca', small white-washed, pitched thatched roofed houses, which are sadly on the decline in Valencia as none have preservation status.
The next beach is Devesa in the middle of the protected park and here you have to do a healthy walk to the beach from the car park, an effort to further protect the dunes.
And lastly before you reach the resort of Cullera, is El Perello, a little holiday village on the beach.
For nudists/naturists there are two official nudist beaches around Valencia, one on Devesa and the other to the north of Canet on Corinto. It is acceptable to be topless on most beaches these days but the two above are officially 'nudista'.
GREEN - Safe to Bathe.
There is nearly 350km of Mediterranean coastline in the Comunidad de Valencia - the beaches we feature to the left are those within about a half an hour's drive from the City. There are, of course, wonderful beaches and resorts all along the coast.