The main beaches for Valencia City are Las Arenas, which starts just north of the Port, and Malvarossa, about half a Kilometre further north (where one ends and the other begins isn’t clear!) The water is decent, and the fine sand is great. During the summer weekends it can seem like the whole of Valencia has come down to this beach. It’s a noisy, busy atmosphere, with people doing just about anything that can be done on a beach—sunbathing, playing games, socialising, dating, drinking, reading, etc.
This is not the place for some desolate loneliness, but if a lively beach is your thing, this is a great place. It’s also the easiest beach to get to by Public Transport.
There’s a pleasant Promenade which stretches all the way along the beach, where you can find lots of Restaurants—many of them serve excellent Paella!
By Metro: Take the Metro from Lliria to Empalme, then change to Line 4 (which is a tram), and get off at “Les Arenes”.
By Car: Not really worth the hassle of negotiating the City, but if you do want to drive, take the CV-35 all the way through the heart of Valencia, then follow the signs for “Puerto” or “Port”. When you reach the Port, turn left, and when you get to the beach try to find somewhere to park! Driving time is around 45-60 minutes—even longer in rush hour. GPS: 39.47490°N, 0.32478°W
Beaches to the South
The beaches running South from the City are, from North to South: Pinedo, El Saler, and La Devesa. They’re quieter than the City Beaches, and get progressively quieter the further South you go. They’re clean and sandy, and Pinedo and La Devesa beaches have “Blue flag” cleanliness awards. Pinedo and La Devesa also have Nudist areas.
Although it is possible to get there by bus from the City, you’re much better off driving: Head down the CV-35, then turn south onto the E-15/A-7 motorway towards Alicante/Alacant. Take the first exit (501) off the motorway, and stay on the V-30 ring road, which follows the bank of the new River, until you see signs for “Pinedo” and “El Saler”. La Devesa is about 4Km south of El Saler. Look for where the road crosses a canal leading to the sea, and turn left immediately after it. GPS (El Saler): 39.38933°N,
Beaches to the North
Patacona/Port Saplaya beach is a long sandy, gently sloping beach, which makes it ideal for families. The Marina at Port Saplaya has a variety of bars and restaurants, if you don’t want to take a packed lunch.
Turn left at the Canal and follow the unsurfaced road for about 3Km, until it turns away from the Canal, and becomes surfaced. Follow this road until it reaches a roundabout near Marines, and turn Left towards Olocau. At the next roundabout turn right and stay on this road, following the signs for Betera, for 13Km, going straight across 6 roundabouts. At the end of the road, turn Right towards Betera, and then almost immediately left (signposted Moncada). Follow this road for approx 5.5Km, until you reach a roundabout. Go straight ahead, passing the MOYMA factory on your right, and continue for another 1.5Km until you reach a larger roundabout. Turn Right onto the VV-6021 to Massamagrell. Follow this road, crossing 5 roundabouts until you come to the V-21/E-16 motorway. Follow the signs to join the motorway heading South towards Valencia, and after 5Km take Exit 14 for Port Saplaya. There’s a big supermarket carpark here, which is free. Total driving time (assuming you don’t get lost) is around 40 minutes, depending on traffic. GPS: 39.50778°N, 0.32185°W