Valencia is truly blessed with beaches. Fine sand, blue water, mediterranean breeze and ever-present Sun. The beaches within Valencia are as good as a city beach can possibly get, suprising all travellers. And just a few minutes by bus out of the city are real postcard beaches of top quality.
Playa las Arenas / Cabanyal - City Beach in Valencia. The southern part of the beach is a leisure area
for promenades, events, restaurants, bars and hotels. The northern part becomes more of a beach itself, gradually evolving into the Malvarossa beach. This beach is the start of the beachline in the Valencia city itself.
The beach joins with the walls of America's Cup Port, it is the closest, the most built-up
and the most accessible to the city, and as such it is the official city beach for activities and events, so to speak. Meaning it is more of a backdrop for leisure activities and events, rather than the place for sunbathing crowds.
This beachline is also popular with promenades - for a romantic sunset watching with a special one or socialising with a group of friends. The luxurious alley of Paseo Maritimo facilitates that. In the summer the alley also hosts a market to buy clothes, accessories and souvenirs.
The Playa de las Arenas is also a famous gastronomical reference point. A good half of it is lined with restaurants, typically Valencian to the bone. Here you find some names famous nationwide, like Pepica. This beach is where you are sent to try genuine Valencian paella.Las Arenas blends into Playa de Cabanyal. Here, you already notice the crowds. The Cabanyal beach, in turn, gradually evolves into the Playa de Malvarossa - the main beach of Valencia.
Getting to Las Arenas / Cabanyal beach:Walk: Las Arenas is adjacent to the Port, Cabanyal beach 300m further. Bus: 1, 2, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 32Playa de Malvarossa - City Beach in Valencia, Spain
Playa de Malvarossa is the main beach of Valencia. This is where the crowds flock on the weekends.
Malvarossa is what the locals usually mean by "going to the beach". It is a full-flung city beach in all respects. The water is decent and the fine sand is great. During the summer weekends the whole Valencia comes down on this beach. It is a noisy, busy atmosphere with people doing just about everything that can be done on the beach - sunbathing, playing games, socialising, eating, drinking, reading etc.
This is not the place for some desolate loneliness, but if a lively beach is your thing, this is a great place.
There are restaurants at intervals all along the beach.The epicentre is the main entrance to the Malvarossa beach - a pedestrian square opposite the northern tram stop. This is where most people will arrive and this is where the beach will be the busiest. There is also a lot of summer activity on the square itself.This part of Malvarossa also comes deliciously alive in the summer nights. It hosts a potent cluster of nightlife which happily spills out onto a beach botellon
(a piss-up with booze bought in a shop) until 4am. Although you are not advised to go too far into the beach and from the crowds at night.Getting to Malvarossa beach:
Walk: 1 km from the Port Bus: 1, 2, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 32
Playa de El Saler - Beach near Valencia, Spain. The jewel in the crown of the immediate Valencia beachline, El Saler is a blue flag beach of supreme quality. White sand, dunes, blue warm water, clean strip, gentle breeze - El Saler is top quality. This is Valencian beaching at its best, until the coastline gets to Denia in the Alicante province. To be fair, this coastline carries on at good quality for a while,
but El Saler has the infrastructure and the accesibility. At only half an hour bus trip from the centre
of Valencia, El Saler is a great bargain. Needless to say, though, it gets extremely popular on the international level in the summer. Getting to El Saler beach from Valencia: Yellow Bus