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The 10 Best Beaches in Valencia

Finally the sun has arrived! Make the most of it by exploring the best beaches in the Valencian Community, which are known for its fine, golden sand and long hours of sun.

1. Gandia

Just an hour’s drive down from the city of Valencia you will find the wonderful city of Gandia. Its coastline is one of the longest in the area - a whole 7 kilometres long - and has won awards for its quality of the sand and sea. Its main beaches include Playa Norte, Playa de l’Ahuir, Playa de Venecia and Playa Rafalcaid.

2. Javea

Further down the coast is the town of Javea and its beautiful beach of Playa del Arenal. It is a busy beach with a lovely promenade filled with all the shops, bars and restaurants your heart desires. This beach is popular for young people sunbathing and playing football and volleyball - so you’ll be sure to find something fun to do in the sun.

3. Benidorm

One of the most popular holiday sites in Spain is Benidorm - and Playa de Levante is one of the main reasons why. It is a long beach with fine sand, clear water and a good ambience. Also, due to its position on the coastline, it is exposed to sunlight almost until sunset. The Paseo Maritimo promenade is a popular nightlife spot filled with bars and restaurants where you will be bound to have a good time.

4. Valencia

How can we forget the capital of the Valencia region. The city has many lovely beaches, one of the most popular being Playa de las Arenas. This beach, named after an old bathing establishment from the 1940s, is a great spot for sunbathers and sports fanatics alike. Head here to lounge in the sun, play volleyball or try out paddle-boarding!

5. Albufera

You will find the freshwater lagoon of Albufera not too far from the city of Valencia. It is also home to Playa de la Devesa - a hidden gem of the area. This beach dates back 6000 years and is a perfect mixture of greenery and sandy shores - with the sand dunes reaching up to 6 metres high.

6. Port Saplaya

Known as ‘Little Venice’ to tourists, Port Saplaya has two beaches separated by the entrance to its famous port. This area is known for its unique, colourful houses, luscious greenery and the hub of boats. It is also one of the best places to try Horchata, the traditional drink from Valencia.

7. Sagunto

The roman city of Sagunto, although not very well-known, is definitely not a place to miss. The beach and port is separated from the city by a strip of countryside, but is easily reached through an arrow-straight Roman road. This is one of the quieter beaches in the Valencia region, so you can relax on its golden sands in peace.

8. Calpe

Heading down south again you will find the town of Calpe - known for its fine, white sandy beaches and rugged, turquoise coves. These overlook the magnificent Rock d’Ifach - a great hiking spot if you fancy exerting some energy after sunbathing. While all of its beaches are beautiful, some of the most popular ones include Arena Bol, Playa de la Fossa and El Racó.

9. Benissa

Located a short distance north from Calpe is the small town of Benissa - the best place to relax and wind down. Its beaches are calm and tranquil and are shielded by its rocky surroundings and coves. Its clear, turquoise waters are also the perfect spot for snorkelling and exploring the unspoiled underwater scenery.

10. Altea

The small town of Altea is nestled between Benidorm and Calpe but is definitely not a spot to be skipped. Make sure to explore its picturesque, historic centre and narrow, cobbled streets before you make your way to the coast. The Espigo Beach is an increasingly popular tourist destination and is a 700 metre long pebbled paradise. If you love the beach but hate the sand getting in your every nook and cranny, then this is the beach for you!

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