If you are in search of the best beaches in the Valencia region, look no further.
Whether you want to enjoy beaches close to Valencia city center or you are willing to travel to get to some beaches that are even more exceptional, this list covers Valencia beaches near and far.
I will also help you figure out the best way to get there depending on your mode of transportation.
I spent over a month living in the city center and exploring all of the best things to do in Valencia, which of course, includes the beaches.
Map of the Best Beaches in Valencia
Top Beaches in Valencia
These Valencia beaches extend from close to the city center (the first four on the list) to as far away as the Castellon region which still sits within the Autonomous Region of Valencia and can still be reached as a day trip from Valencia city center.
All of the beaches on this list have lifeguards and at least one toilet to speak of. If there is one complaint I have about beaches in Valencia versus say beaches in Malaga or beaches in the Costa Blanca, it’s that there aren’t many places to change and there are simply not enough toilets for how many people are at the beach on a Saturday in August.
Something to be aware of if you are visiting the beaches in Valencia during the summer months is that there can be a lot of jellyfish. There are usually flags at the beach which are next to the green, yellow, or red flags above the lifeguard stand. If there are jellyfish in the water but it isn’t too dangerous, you will see a white flag with a black jellyfish on it above a green or yellow flag.
I got stung a few times when I was in the water in Valencia in late August and while it wasn’t anything severe, it also wasn’t particularly pleasant.
1. Las Arenas Beach
This is the closest beach to the city of Valencia, which also makes it one of the most popular.
The positives of this beach are that it is incredibly easy to get to. You can take the train, bus, tram, or an Uber in Spain and easily get here from the city center in about 15-20 minutes.
There is tons of space so even when it gets crowded on the weekends, you’ll be able to find a place to lay your towel. There are a few beach bars on the sand where you can get drinks and snacks. This is also where you can rent chairs and umbrellas for the day.
If you get hungry, this part of the Valencia boardwalk is the busiest with restaurants and bars. You can walk right into the Cabañal neighborhood from here and dine at one of the best paella restaurants in Valencia.
The downsides to this beach are that it is the busiest one in the city and it can often be very noisy with people playing ball games and sand flinging everywhere. I also don’t personally think the water is as nice here because you are closest to the port at this Valencia beach as well.
How to Get to Las Arenas Beach
From downtown Valencia, you can take buses 19, 31, 32, or 95 to the beach area. Download the EMT Travel App (Android here and Apple here) to check timetables. You can also take the C6 train from Valencia Nord to Cabanyal and walk to the beach a few blocks away.
2. La Malvarrosa Beach
A few minutes up the boardwalk by bus or bicycle, is a quieter and slightly cleaner Malvarrosa Beach. This is also easily accessible by bus from the city center and takes about 20 minutes to get to.
You can expect much of the same at La Malvarossa Beach as you get at Las Arenas. The sand is wide and golden. The water is calm and a bit cleaner since you are furthest away from the port.
There are beach bars, places to rent chairs and umbrellas, and tons of volleyball nets that you can use if you bring your own ball. Just know that in the evenings most days of the week, there will be organized groups using the nets for their practices and lessons.
If you are in this area of the beach and get hungry, I recommend Cerveceria Freiduria for ice-cold beers and delicious fried snacks. The fried calamari is delectable.
How to Get to La Malvarrosa Beach
To get to La Malvarrosa Beach from Valencia you can take the 19, 31, 32, or the 93 buses.
3. Patacona Beach
This is my personal favorite of all of the beaches in Valencia that you can easily reach by city bus.
It’s the furthest from the city center but still incredibly easy to access. It takes about 25 minutes to get here by bus, but you feel like you are miles from the bustle of Las Arenas Beach.
There is so much more space here to relax. Of course, people still come down and bring their music with them and there are vendors selling blankets and Messi shirts, but there is a little bit more serenity at Patacona. The water is the cleanest you’ll find around Valencia city center and it’s calm for swimming most of the year.
There are still a few beach bars on the sand and a few bars along the boardwalk. Restaurant La Ferradura is one of the nicest in the area so if you want a great seafood meal while you’re close to the beach, make a reservation and bring a change of clothes to change into after a day at the beach.
How to Get to Patacona Beach
To get to Patacona Beach from downtown Valencia you can take the 31, 32, or 92 buses.
4. Port Saplaya Beach
While Port Saplaya isn’t technically in Valencia City, it is just outside of the city limits. It’s also still relatively easy to get to and is a fun day out from Valencia both for its wonderful beach and for its beautiful portside town.
Port Saplaya has been nicknamed the Little Venice of Valencia. While there are no canals, the port itself extends through a large area that leads nearly right up to the doors of many of the houses in this town.
You can take a boat trip around the waterway and explore it with a guide. The ride also takes you out of the port and into the bay where you can look back out at all of the beautiful beaches of Valencia from the water. Book that tour here.
Once you have explored the port, you can grab an ice cream or an horchata at Horchateria Toni and then head to the beach. The beach is right in the center of this little town and is one of the calmest beaches in the Valencia region.
How to Get to Port Saplaya Beach
Since Port Saplaya is not technically in the city of Valencia, you cannot take Valencia’s EMT transport all the way. You have a few options to get there if you don’t have your own car. You can get yourself to Playa Patacona and walk or ride a bike along the bike path to Port Saplaya. You can take a taxi from Patacona Beach.
Or you can take a Port Saplaya bus from just north of the downtown area of Valencia that goes directly to Port Saplaya Beach. The bus stop that is closest to downtown is located here. You can take the L112A or the L112B buses.
5. El Saler Beach
Get away from the city traffic while still being a short drive from downtown Valencia at this stunning beach. Located near the Albufera Natural Park, this makes for a great addition to a day trip to the lake.
I recommend starting at the beach and enjoying your day here. There are dunes behind the sand and pine trees to block out any other road noises, which makes you feel miles away from the third-largest city in Valencia.
The sand is so soft and golden and the water here is exceptionally calm. There aren’t many amenities here in terms of restaurants, so pack snacks, lunch, and drinks. However, there are toilets, a parking area, drinking water to refill your bottles, and small outdoor showers to rinse off all the sand at the end of the day.
After you have finished at the beach, head to the Albufera lake for sunset. There are boats that you can take out onto the water there. It is one of the most wonderful places in Valencia to watch the sunset.
How to Get to El Saler Beach
You can take the 24 or the 25 buses from the Porta del Mar bus stop in downtown Valencia. These are EMT Valencia buses, so if you have a bus pass or the EMTravel app with tickets already purchased, you can use those tickets. It takes about 15 minutes from downtown Valencia to reach the bus stop, Càmping Coll Vert. From the bus stop, the beach is about a 5-minute walk.
6. Cullera Beach
This is perhaps my favorite beach in Valencia. It’s easy to get to by train, it is in a stunning town with an even more magical castle to climb up to, and the beach is enormous.
The beachfront here is a little bit more built up. Cullera is in itself a holiday destination for many Europeans. You’ll find tons of hotels and budget motels if you want to stay near the beach for a night or two. Check availability in the area here.
I recommend packing a backpack for the day, hopping on the train from downtown Valencia, and exploring the town for a few hours. You can grab lunch from a beachfront restaurant or something more reasonable from the town’s central market.
Then head to the beach in the afternoon when it tends to be a little bit quieter. There is a long boardwalk here with tons of restaurants, bars, and ice cream shops. It is an incredibly kid-friendly beach with tons of lifeguards, calm and impeccably clean waters, and tons of sand for building sand castles.
How to Get to Cullera Beach
The town of Cullera is easy to reach on public transportation from downtown Valencia. You can take the C1 train from Valencia Nord and get off at Cullera station. From here you can walk to the town which takes about 25 minutes. Or you can wait outside the station at the bus stop which is located to the left as you exit.
If you are visiting during the summer months, there will be a woman standing there in a blue shirt who you can purchase your ticket from before you get on the bus. The bus runs from the train station to the beach every 5-10 minutes depending on the time of day. You can take the same bus back to the station when you are finished at the beach.
7. Gandia Beach
Located about as far south as you can get while still being within the Valencia region limits (a little bit further south and you hit the beaches of Alicante region).
Again, a trip to Gandia can be an all-day event because the town is also worth exploring for a few hours.
The Ducal Palace should absolutely not be missed. It is not only one of the best things to do in Gandia, but it is one of my favorite museums and historical palaces anywhere in the Valencia region.
From downtown Gandia, the beach is about a 20-minute bus ride away or about a 15-minute drive. The beach is long and wide with tons of space to play ball games, lay out towels and chairs, and relax on the sand.
Much like Cullera, the beach in Gandia is surrounded by hotels, bars, restaurants, and souvenir shops. It is not only a popular beach destination in Valencia but also a popular retirement place for both northern Europeans and Spaniards from around the Valencia region.
How to Get to Gandia Beach
The easiest way to get directly from Valencia to Gandia Beach is to take the C1 train from Valencia Nord to Platja de Gandia. This is the end of the line only a few times a day, so be sure to check the Cercanias Train App (Android here and Apple here) to see which train times take you directly to the beach.
The alternative is to take the C1 train to Gandia, which stops there much more frequently throughout the day. Once you arrive in Gandia, you come out of the train station, and directly in front of you, you will see a bus stop that says “Bus Playa.” You can catch the yellow bus from here directly to Gandia Beach.
8. Sagunto Beach
The coastline of the city of Sagunto is a whopping 13 kilometers (8 miles) long. The beaches are wide and the water is calm here like many of the beaches in Valencia.
It is a little bit built up along the coastline, so you can find some nice hotels as well as plenty of great restaurants. But it feels a little bit calmer than the beaches of Gandia or Cullera, despite Sagunto being quite a large town.
Sagunto has tons of history of its own to explore like the Roman ruins, the stunning castle on the hill with views over the city, and so many incredible mountains surrounding it. But the beach here is a serious draw to the area.
The beach here can sometimes have strong currents and the waves aren’t as calm as they are at other beaches in Valencia. However, it’s fun for skimboarding and jumping into the waves and it tends to keep the jellyfish away.
How to Get ot Sagunto Beach
If you want to visit the city of Sagunto, you can get here by taking the C6 train from Valencia Nord to Sagunto. After touring the town, you can take the bus or a taxi from Sagunto to the port and beach area. You can take the L2v, the L112, and the L116 buses to the beach from downtown Sagunto.
If you want to go from Valencia straight to Sagunto Beach, you can skip out on the train and take the bus directly from Valencia to Sagunto Port. You can take the L115 or the L114B.
Both leave from this bus stop near the University Campus. If you are staying in the city center, you can take the metro to the Facultas station. The bus stop is right outside the station.
9. Canet Beach
Canet d’en Berenguer is the official name of this Valencian beach town. It is absolutely breathtaking both as a town and is without a doubt one of the best beaches in Valencia.
The water is a beautiful shade of turquoise blue here and the beach has golden soft sand that you can lay your beach blankets on. While during the off-season this town is home to a mere 6,000 people, by August there are over 20,000 people filling the restaurants, bars, and beaches.
But it’s popular for a reason. The beach and surrounding town still maintain the old charm of its farming past. The historic part of the town has been well preserved and while there are more and more hotels being built each year, for now, it is still a nice place to come for a day at the beach.
How to Get to Canet Beach
Canet Beach takes about an hour to get to on public transportation, but it requires taking only one bus. So even though it feels a little bit far, it’s easy and affordable to get there. Of course, if you have a car, you can drive there in about 35 minutes. There is ample parking.
To get to Canet by bus, head to the same bus stop as the Sagunto Beach bus. You can take the L115 or the L116B to get to Canet. The town and beach are within walking distance of each other.
10. Pinar Beach
This is one of my favorite beaches in Valencia, which is partly why I have saved it for last. The other reason is because it is the furthest from downtown Valencia.
Located in the region of Castellón in the Autonomous Community of Valencia and just a few minute’s drive from the region’s capital city of Castellón de la Plana, this beach is exceptionally beautiful.
The coast here in Castellón is known as the Costa del Azahar or the Orange Blossom Coast. The coast has 16 different towns and even more beaches that dot the way. If you have the time you can road trip all along here staying at different towns along the way.
But if you are based in Valencia and simply want to explore some of the best and easiest-to-reach beaches then Pinar Beach is the perfect place to start.
I highly recommend exploring some of the historical sites in downtown Castellón de la Plana before heading to the beach. The central market and Concatedral de Santa Maria de Castelló should not be skipped.
From here you can simply hop on the tram to the beach and enjoy this enormous strip of sand that has wheel-chair access, showers, toilets, drinking water, and lifeguards.
How to Get to Pinar Beach
If you plan to visit Castellón de la Plana as well as Pinar Beach, you can take the C6 train from Valencia Nord to Castellón de la Plana. From here you can explore the town and then take the tram to the port. From the port, it’s about a 10-minute walk to the beach. Along the main road by the port, there is also a bus that runs up and down the road taking you to further points along the beach.
There is no direct bus from Valencia to Pinar Beach. However, if you plan to drive yourself (check out our Spain driving tips for advice!), it is much easier. There are plenty of parking areas that are free to park at the different beach entrances.