For most people, beaches are just places to relax with a good book, enjoy the sun and cool down with a dip in the sea, and in Valencia you can certainly do that on Las Arenas, Malvarrosa and Patacona beaches. But if fly and flop is not your thing, there are plenty of watersports and other activities on offer for days of fun in the Mediterranean sea this summer.
Valencia was chosen as the host city for the 2007 and 2010 editions of the America’s Cup for a good reason: the city’s 15 kilometres of coastline often enjoys the perfect weather and sea conditions for sailing. This prestigious competition also left a fantastic legacy in the form of the modern Marina, where you can now find lots of companies offering sailing excursions and other watersports (and also admire the most luxurious super-yachts!).
Mundo Marino and Boramar are two of the companies offering catamaran excursions along the Valencian coast. Feel the breeze as you enjoy a drink on board, stop for a swim in the high seas and watch the sun set behind the mountains. What could be more romantic?
If you prefer more independence, you can charter your own yacht (with or without skipper) from Quicksail and just sail away. Or for a more adrenaline-fueled experience, try their speedboats and jet skis, or take the whole family out on a banana boat. Not extreme enough? How about a thrilling ride on a flyboard, hovering up to ten metres above the water at high speed?
Valencia is not particularly known as a surfing destination, but surf indeed you can! The best spot is just off the north end of the Marina. You can show off your skills while your friends and family (and many others) watch from the terrace of the Panorama restaurant on the pier. Ocean Republik in the Marina offers surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing courses for those less experienced.
Of course, the Mediterranean sea is better known for its calm waters, ideal for a more gentle canoeing or kayaking excursion. In fact, it is so calm that you can even try ocean pilates or SUP (stand up paddle) yoga! Kayak fishing anyone? It is also an option. And if you want to get even closer to the marine life, Valencia Diving or Buceo Spain offer diving courses and trips to the artificial reefs 200 metres off the coast of Valencia.
The list of watersports on offer in Valencia is endless… maybe you will need a break from time to time? Rent a sunshade and deckchair from the Mar y Sombra beach services, go back to your book and relax in the sun. Or even better, treat yourself to a massage on the beach (you may need it after so much sport). You will find massage cabins on Las Arenas beach (opposite the Hotel Balneario Las Arenas) and on the Malvarrosa beach (opposite La Alegria de la Huerta restaurant).
And after you’ve replenished your energy and topped up your tan… the sea awaits once again!