To enjoy the sweet Valencian sun and fill up on vitamin D, nothing beats a nice getaway to the beach!
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👍 The Captain’s tip 👍
Want to learn more about Valencia’s history? To discover the city with a passionate tour guide, Captain Ulysses warmly recommends going on this free tour. You’re free to choose how much you wish to tip the tour guide at the end of the tour!
Want more info about Valencia’s top landmarks, activities & museums? Why don’t you check out the Captain’s detailed article on the best things to do in the city: Guide to Valencia.
The best beaches in Valencia
When it comes to beaches, the city of Valencia is undoubtedly well stocked! If you’re only staying in Valencia for a short time, you should stick to the city’s beaches, located north of the port of Valencia, some 4 kilometers from the city center.
If you have more time, why not venture outside Valencia to discover the paradisiacal beaches of the surroundings?
The best beaches in the city
Located northeast of the Turia Gardens and the City of Arts and Sciences, the beaches of Valencia have everything you need for a nice relaxation session!
🏖️ Playa de la Malvarrosa (or Playa de la Malva-Rosa)
Bordered by a promenade lined with palm trees, bars and restaurants, Playa de la Malvarrosa is undoubtedly the best known of Valencia’s beaches. The downside: it is often packed with tourists and locals alike.
The upside: the beach has an area reserved for people with reduced mobility.
🏖️ Playa del Cabañal (or Playa de las Arenas)
During the day, Playa del Cabañal (also called Playa de las Arenas) is heaven on earth for families who want to enjoy a swim in the sea close to Valencia’s city centre. In the evening, the beach becomes a hotspot of Valencian nightlife.
🏖️ Playa de la Patacona
Located north of Playa de la Malvarrosa, on the edge of the city of Valencia, Playa de la Patacona is somewhat less crowded than the other beaches in Valencia. This explains why it’s the favourite option of Valencians.
📍 Getting to the beaches of Valencia 📍
To get to the beaches of Valence, several options:
– renting bikes (find out more here)
– hop-on hop-off tourist bus (find out more here)
– taking the tramway (lines 4 and 6 – Les Arenes, Eugenia Viñes or Mediterrani stops)
– taking the bus (lines 19 and 32)
👉 For information, the Valencia Tourist Card includes unlimited access to public transport.
The best beaches in the surroundings of Valencia
🏖️ Playa de Pinedo
To the south of Valencia, a stone’s throw from the mouth of the River Turia, Pinedo Beach is bordered by a promenade lined with bars and restaurants. The beach is appreciated by bathers for its calm waters and its very pretty dunes.
The upside: pets are welcome! Part of the beach is reserved for nudists.
🏖️ Playa de l’Arbre del Gos
To the south of Pinedo Beach, a stone’s throw from the Albufera Natural Park, Playa de L’Arbre del Gos is a verdant oasis and is quite easy to bike to from Valencia.
The upside: the beach is gay-friendly!
🏖️ Playa del Saler
Just picture it: pine forests, crystal clear waters and fine sand dunes! Located 10 kilometers south of Valencia, Playa del Saler is a meeting place for windsurfing and kitesurfing enthusiasts.
The beach is also a nudist hotspot.
🏖️ Playa de la Garrofera
To the south of Playa del Saler, Playa de la Garrofera also comprises an area reserved for nudists. The beach is located in the heart of the Albufera Natural Park, with its breathtaking landscapes, dunes and pine forests!
As an accomplished sailor, Captain Ulysses can only encourage you to set sail and embark on a cruise to discover the Valencian coast from the sea!
Here are a few recommendations: 3-hour catamaran cruise (lunch included) / Catamaran sunset cruise (with sparkling wine) / sailboat cruise & paddle boarding
Water sports in Valencia
Attention, water sports enthusiasts! The bay of Valence is an ideal playground for water sports. Here are a few recommendations: Windsurfing / Jetskiing
👉 Skip the line: book your tickets and visits in Valencia!
👉 Looking for tips & recommendations? Here are all the Captain’s suggestions!
🛏️ Accommodation: to book your accommodation in Valence, Captain Ulysses warmly recommends Booking.com. From budget youth hostels to luxury boutique hotels, there’s plenty to choose from. The Captain recommends:
– affordable options: Quart Youth Hostel or Hôme Youth Hostel Valencia
– mid-range options: Esplai Valencia Bed and Breakfast , 7 Moons or Casa del Patriarca
– luxurious options: Vincci Mercat, Caro Hotel or Westin Valencia
🎟️ Activities: guided tours, bike rental, skip-the-line tickets, flamenco shows… Check out GetYourGuide and Civitatis to book the best things to do in Valencia.
🎫 Citypass: if you’re planning on staying in Valencia for several days, yoy should definitely consider investing in the Valencia Tourist Card. This citypass includes access to public transport (including to get to the airport), free admission to public museums, as well as many discounts or a selection of museums, attractions, shops and restaurants in the city.
🚐 Transfers: if you want to avoid taking public transport or queuing for a taxi at the airport, you can book a car transfer to your hotel or accommodation in advance.
🚌 Local transport: local public transport is relatively convenient and easy to navigate. If you decide to invest in the Valencia Tourist Card, access to public transport is included. You can also opt for a hop-on hop-off bus tour which stops at all the top tourist attractions in Valencia. If you’d rather be active, why not rent a bike?
If you’re just stopping off in Valencia and planning to explore other parts of Spain, Captain Ulysses recommends renting a car. To find the best offer, the Captain warmly recommends Rentalcars.
📍Tours: if you don’t want to organize your holidays in Spain yourself, Captain Ulysses recommends Evaneos. The first specializes in organizing tailor-made trips in partnership with local specialists, the second is perfect for sports and hiking enthusiasts.
✈️ Flights: to book your flights to Valence, Captain Ulysse warmly recommends Skyscanner. You’ll be able to compare countless offers to find the best deal. If your dates are flexible, you can also compare prices over several months to find the cheapest flights possible.
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