What’s the Valencia region got a lot of and Iraq hasn’t? Beaches, and miles upon miles of them too! The city of Valencia has very good beaches for a city and indeed you don’t have to stray far for other excellent stretches of sand too!
La Malvarrosa Valencia Beach
It is the urban beach par excellence in Valencia. Wide and open – with fine and golden sand – it shows a very bustling aspect, both at the beach itself because of the quality and quantity of services offered, as well as along the promenade delimiting it that gathers restaurants and cafés. It has an adapted area for people with reduced mobility.
Malvarosa beach is split into three main areas, which are Malvarrosa, Las Arenas and Patagona beaches, all of which are clean, family friendly and a great place to spend a low-cost, relaxing time on holiday.
Slightly further out of the city, and again very popular with the locals and those “in the know” is the beach of El Saler.
Cabañal-Arenas Valencia Beach
Fine and golden sand beach with urban aspect having all kind of services, as well as sport and amusement areas for children. Nice temperatures in Valencia make this beach to be bustling almost all year. Furthermore, it is one of the most frequented night life places from the month of April to the month of October.
Pinedo Valencia Beach
This beach is located in the south of the port and the yacht port is sheltering it from the northern winds. It is an open beach of fine sand and preserves in its environment a dune and vegetation area giving way to a fringe of the popular “Valencian huerta”
El Saler Beach
Almost five kilometres of open beach with fine golden sand are a real luxury and make it one of the most crowded beaches in the area. It is sheltered from western winds by a dune chain of high ecological value and a wide extension of pinewoods give its environment a wild and natural aspect. In summer, the Garbí wind blowing in the evening makes this beach one of the favourite ones for windsurfing keens.
The beach of El Saler is to the south of the city and is accessed by road only, via the V-30 road and then the CV-500 heading for El Saler, although a bus service does run from the city centre. The beach is a windswept natural sandy area of almost 5 or 6km in length and surrounded by wonderful sand dunes, just waiting to be explored.
La Devesa Beach
The beach, almost five kilometres long, is of fine and golden sand. Its main attraction is its extraordinary natural environment, which shelters several species of birds. As it is located on the border of La Albufera Nature Reserve, you find a rich ecosystem where, next to lagoons and ‘malladas’ (interdune depressions) all kind of vegetation intermingle, such as pines, palm hearts.
Located in the south of La Albufera channel, it is a quiet beach of fine sand delimited by a small residential area behind which an enormous extension of rice fields.
Remember when visiting any beach in Spain you should have adequate holiday insurance or medical cover and have your EHIC card too.
Port Saplaya beach, Valencia
This beach is also quiet but has much better facilities, especially shopping, compared to the other 2 and is a purpose built holiday village which emerged from an old sea port area which used to be used for the exportation of the famous chufa or tiger nuts that are grown in the area. These little nuts that grow in the fields around the port are made into the traditional drink of Horchata, which you have to try if you visit here!
It is easily reached by the dual carriageway V-21, or by Metro tube train to Rafelbunyol and then getting a bus or taxi from the station to the beach area. Not only does it have a wonderful beach, but there are many shops too, located in the Alcampo shopping centre across from the beach, which also has a MacDonalds, various smaller shops and cafes.
The beach of Sagunto is a bit further out of the city and is reached by road (V-23) and rail quite easily. It is only about 20 minutes drive from Valencia airport too. Sagunto is an ancient Roman settlement and is divided into the town of Sagunto itself, and also the beach area which is quite busy in the summer and stretches for about a mile and half.
he town itself is worth a look around, especially in the main square and the Roman remains of which there are many, including an ancient amphitheatre. The beach itself has many bars and restaurants along the main road which skirts along the edge of the beach area. It is also disabled friendly in many parts of the beach, with special ramps and wooden walkways enabling those with wheelchairs, and of course mothers with prams etc, to access the golden sands.
Cullera, Northern Costa Blanca
Like may Mediterranean towns, this is split into two parts, namely the town, and the beach itself, and is dominated by a small mountain known as the Munt de l’Or.
— Catalonia Valencia (@CataloniaValenc) August 9, 2014
The name of the town is pronounced “Cuyaira”. Upon arrival you will find a real Spanish town and a really authentic beach enjoyed by locals and also Spanish tourists from Madrid. It is rare to see or hear anyone else British here and is an ideal getaway for those who want some peace but a bit of the high life if they so choose.
You will NOT find fish and chips or English take away food here, but you will find many traditional Spanish restaurants serving the finest in local cuisine at affordable prices. Staying in Cullera means renting an apartment or a villa on the edge of town, but our recommendation for a real beach holiday would be to rent a holiday flat here for a week.
You can also visit the San Lorenzo lagoon, which is located at the very edge of the Albuefera natural park we mentioned earlier in the article. See also the Santa Ana tower which looks out across the beach, and also the ancient and mysterious Cave of Dragat, a once home for pirates!