Our two-part blog on beach life in Valencia offers visitors all the essential information on the beaches in the area – both urban (part one) and now, those further afield:
While La Malvarrosa is perfect for relaxed family holidays, the wilder, more rural side of Valencia’s beach culture offers just as much temptation. Just 10 kilometres from the buzz of the city centre, you will find Valencia’s most natural beaches…
Sunbathing and sports
Located to the south of the city and stretching over nearly six kilometres of golden sands, the Blue Flag beach of El Saler is the most impressive of the collection. Surrounded by dunes, the beach sits adjacent to a large clearing of pine trees which shelter the sand from winds to create the ideal sunbathing destination. It can be reached via bus from the city centre although it is recommended to travel by road along the V-30 and CV-500.
The area plays host to Campo de Golf El Saler, a challenging golf course that has welcomed many famous names. El Saler is located in the heart of the La Albufera Natural Park and ideal for wildlife spotting, while visitors can also discover the area on a boat trip around the lake. The unspoiled Blue Flag beach of La Devesa is set deep within the Natural Park surrounded by lagoons, marshes and untouched vegetation with a rich ecosystem. When mealtimes come around, there are several excellent paella restaurants near the beach.
Wildlife and bird watching
If El Saler doesn’t take your fancy, there are plenty more beaches on the outskirts of the city. To the north sits L’Arbre del Gos, a more rustic beach that nonetheless offers a range of public services and is bordered by an attractive promenade. It is also a great area from which to appreciate panoramic views of the lush surroundings. To the south – and in the centre of the Natural Park – La Garrofera beach is a great starting place for guided tours of the park with ample opportunity for bird watching.
A classic option for sun worshippers is Port Saplaya – a purpose built holiday village that can be reached by car down the V-21 or by train to Rafelbunyol and then a short bus or taxi ride. Aside from the beach, the area boasts a huge marina, excellent shopping at the Alcampo Centre, tropical gardens, bars and an array of seafront restaurants. The area is famous for its tiger nut crop, which is used to make the traditional drink of horchata, a local delicacy.
Roman ruins and golden sands
Other notable beaches surrounding Valencia are Sagunto, which is accessible by rail or road (down the V-23). A perfect place for a day trip, the town was an ancient Roman settlement and still boasts many remains including an ancient amphitheatre. The town of Cullera is also very popular, boasting its own beach, water park and even a pirate’s cave!
Whether you’re looking to sunbathe on golden sands, take a dip in the Mediterranean waters, play beach volleyball, take a boat out to sea or embark on a sailing course, Valencia’s beaches have it all. And with all the beachside entertainment, there’s plenty more fun to be had when the sun goes down…