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Beach life in Valencia, part 1: La Malvarrosa

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Our two-part blog will offer visitors to Valencia all the essential information on beaches in the area – both urban (part one) and those further afield (part two).

It’s the birthplace of paella, home to the incredible City of Arts and Sciences and famous for its shopping and culture. But Valencia’s beaches are the natural heroes of this buzzing metropolis with the region playing host to a whole selection of sandy treasures.

Most beaches in the area are undeveloped, easily accessible and very family friendly. There are a select few urban beaches just 15 minutes from the centre of the city – all Blue Flag beaches that have been recognised for their Tourist Quality status.

Picturesque beaches

La Malvarrosa is the quintessential urban beach of Valencia and the closest to the city centre. Located between the towns of Alboraya and Calle Acequia de la Cadena, this stunning, high-quality beach stretches one kilometre and is clean, safe and charming, the latter enhanced by the fact that it’s almost totally unspoilt and very popular with the locals.

Malvarrosa beach is split into three main areas – Malvarrosa, Las Arenas and Patagona beaches. At Malvarossa, there’s water sports equipment available to hire for water babies while the Healthy Park (also located at Las Arenas) is designed for older people and offers the chance to socialise and exercise, with exercise equipment designed for varied uses. The Healthy Parks each contain eight pieces of gym equipment and are designed to develop muscles, joints and coordination, as part of a promotion of good health.

Entertainment all round

Las Arenas also attracts the crowds with its golden sand beaches. Fully equipped with a multitude of services and games to keep children entertained, it is surrounded by a traditional restaurant area and has its own sailing school. The Promenade –or Paseo Marítimo – stretches alongside La Malvarrosa and Las Arenas, with a walkway for a relaxing stroll, jogging, roller-skating or people watching. Cyclists have their own dedicated cycle path. The area is a popular recreational hangout, with plenty of opportunity to sample traditional paella at one of the numerous beachfront cafés or restaurants. The promenade also gives a nod to the Spanish love for art, with monuments and sculptures lining the pathways, many with a nautical theme, against the backdrop of beautiful panoramic views.

The area around Malvarrosa also plays host to a number of exciting events throughout the year. There is a spectacular firework display as part of the July fair and an annual air show, with international and air force planes. All of the urban beaches are easily accessible from the city centre either by taking one of the six dedicated bus routes (2, 19, 31, 32, N1 and N9) or jumping aboard a tram. Those who fancy a more active journey can cycle or walk down there but make sure to carry a bottle of water to stay ahead of the Valencian sun!

Which are your favourite beaches in Valencia and why?

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On August 22, 2014
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