With more than 300 days of sun each year, you’ll want to make the most of it whilst in Valencia! When visiting the city, one experience not to be missed is enjoying the Mediterranean Sea. Let me guide you round the best beaches near the city of Valencia, both in the capital itself and in the surrounding province.
Beaches near Valencia: where to go for a dip less than an hour away
To get the most out of your trip to Valencia, be sure to visit the beach (and if the weather is warm, take a dip). These are some of the best beaches you will find nearby Valencia:
Beaches right near the city of Valencia
In the city of Valencia, you’ll find beaches for sunbathing and go for a swim. Popular in the summer, the hoards have become part of the city itself. You’ll also be spoilt for choice for places to eat! The beaches are Playa de las Arenas and Playa de la Malvarrosa.
If a quieter beach is more your thing though, there are some highly recommended spots just a stones throw aware from the Valencian capital. You can even reach them by public transport!
Playa de la Patacona
Take a stroll along Playa de la Malvarrosa and, perhaps without even realising it, you’ll eventually come to Playa de la Patacona, a beach that actually belongs to the municipality of Alboraia. This area is usually peaceful, making it the perfect choice if you don’t want to stray far from Valencia, but want to get away from the beach-going masses.
After a day at Playa de la Patacona, I love to take advantage of being in the land of horchata and often stop off in town on the way back and enjoy a nice cold horchata with fartons (a soft, spongy, sugar-glazed pastry) in one of the most iconic horchaterías in Alboraia.
Two of the most famous are Horchatería Daniel and Horchatería Toni (bet you can’t guess where the name for this Valencian drink comes from? Delve into the legend here experiences to enjoy in Valencia).
Playa Port Saplaya
Just 8 km from the centre of Valencia, this residential area also belongs to Alboraia and one of its plus points is that, as well as enjoying the beach, you can take a stroll around a pretty and unusual area known as La pequeña Venecia.
It is so called because it is made up of several canals around which colourful houses have been built and the canals themselves are full of sailing boats and motorboats. It is quite unique!
Playa de la Devesa del Saler
If you’re looking for an unspoilt beach that is peaceful and surrounded by nature, I’d recommend Playa de la Devesa del Saler, located in the heart of Albufera Natural Park. It’s around 5 km long and surrounded by dunes and vegetation.
This part of the coast is unexplored, so there are no services such as lifeguard, beach bars, umbrellas, etc. If you’re looking for that kind of beach, visit the main beach: Playa del Saler.
Whilst in the park, end your day by watching the sunset in Albufera. It’s rumoured to be one of the best activities that you can do for free in Valencia.
If you’re travelling to Valencia with your dog, the city even has a canine beach by the Port: Playa Can Pinedo, which is open during the summer months.
The best beaches in the province of Valencia nearby the city
Moving a little further away from the city of Valencia (without leaving the province), there are some really beautiful beaches. They are less than an hour by car from the city of Valencia:
Playa Norte, Pobla de Farnals
Pobla de Farnals is less than 20 km from Valencia, so it is ideal if you’re looking for quiet beaches not too far from the city. The town centre can be reached on line 3 of the metro. Buses run to the beach from there or, alternatively, there are buses that go from Valencia to the town’s coastal area.
The best place for swimming is Platja Nord or Playa Norte, which stretches around 220 m long. Enjoy a delicious paella after your swim in one of the local restaurants.
Playas de Cullera
For me, Cullera means beach and warm weather, as I spent many of my summers there as a child and it brings back happy memories. Over the years, I have continued to go there given its stunning beaches and closeness to the city.
This town is around 45 minutes by car from Valencia. The most central area for a dip is Playa de San Antonio and, in my opinion, it is one of the best beaches in the province of Valencia (a good sign is that it is usually flying the Blue Flag).
Here the water is usually quite calm and there are plenty of services like showers, sun loungers, beach bars and lifeguards, etc.
However, I would also recommend a section further away from the tourist area, where there aren’t usually as many people: Playa del Dosel, just the other side of the lighthouse in a quiet residential area. There aren’t as many services, but it is less crowded.
Playa de Puerto de Sagunto
At 32 kms en route to Castellón, Puerto de Sagunto beach is perfect for the entire family. It is a very wide urban beach, about 1.3 km long and with restaurants and cafés on its promenade.
These are not the only beaches in the province of Valencia where you can take advantage of the good weather and enjoy the sea. Other options are:
- Playa del Puig
- Playa Recatí (El Perellonet)
- Playa Racó de Mar (Canet d’en Berenguer)
- Playa de l’Ahuir (Gandia)