When the heat is on, there is nothing like the pleasure of dining al fresco or relaxing with a cold drink on a terrace while watching the world go by… From the wide squares in its historic city centre to new rooftop terraces with great views or the coolest bars by the sea to enjoy music until the early hours, Valencia has some of the best places to chill out this summer, night or day.
Here is our pick of the top ten summer terraces in Valencia:
- Marina Beach Club: The newcomer this year, the new Beach Club enjoys a privileged position between the Marina Juan Carlos I and Las Arenas beach. You can sip cocktails by the pool or enjoy a meal in the restaurant on the top floor. On the ground floor is a chill out area, with comfy seats and deckchairs right on the sand.
- L’Umbracle: By day, this intriguing structure in the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences, with its lush gardens framed by tall white arches, serves just as a pretty cover for the underground carpark. But at night, during the summer months, the terraces at L’Umbracle come to life. This has become one of the most popular places to enjoy music and drinks under the moonlight.
- 270 Grados: For some of the best views over the city, head up to the rooftop terrace of the Hotel Barceló, overlooking the stunning City of Arts and Sciences. Watch the sun go down over the city while you enjoy an oriental meal, or relax with a cocktail while you watch the city lights. Or for an alternative view try the Sky Bar by Vertical restaurant on the 13th floor of the Ilunion Aqua Hotel.
- Las Arenas: Right on the seafront, the five star Hotel Balneario Las Arenas occupies an impressive Neoclassic building with several terraces to enjoy a drink in the sun looking out to sea. Here you will appreciate the magic of the Mediterranean light, something that Valencian painter Sorolla captured so well on his famous seaside scenes. You can see one of his paintings at the hotel’s Sorolla restaurant too.
- Panorama: If you want to really look out to sea, there is no better place than this restaurant, stretched along the pier of the Marina Real Juan Carlos I. Enjoy fantastic views of the Valencian coastline over a typical Valencian paella or other Mediterranean dishes.
- High Cube: When the sun goes down, Valencia’s Marina Real is also the place to find some of the coolest bars for a late night drink, from the new Malabar microbrewery at the striking Veles e Vents building to High Cube, literally a terrace out on the water with music well into the small hours. Owners of small yachts can even dock on its sides to order their drinks without having to disembark!
- Westin: For a more tropical atmosphere, try the gardens at the five star Westin Hotel where you can sip a cocktail surrounded by orange, lemon, olive and palm trees. You can also choose from two restaurants: the Japanese Komori or El Jardin, serving Mediterranean cuisine.
- Mi Cub: Located at the Colon Market, one of the most spectacular Modernist buildings in Valencia, Mi Cub is a popular place for a snack, lunch or dinner, serving local produce and craft beers. Right in the city centre, it is perfect for a refuelling stop while out shopping in the surrounding streets.
- Habitual: Also at the Colon Market is Habitual, one of the restaurants by top Valencian chef Ricard Camarena. The restaurant also offers a terrace to enjoy drinks in a relaxing atmosphere. Keep an eye for special events this summer with DJs and more.
- Finally, no trip to Valencia is complete without stopping at one of the terraces on Plaza de la Virgen or Plaza de la Reina, on both sides of the Cathedral. Whether it is for a meal at a restaurant like Moltto, a refreshing horchata at Bertal or a beer at a pub like Finnegans, just sit down, relax and watch the world go by… a quintessentially Valencian experience!