The entire region of Valencia boasts a selection of lush and golden beaches. However, close to Valencia city itself you can find city beaches on offer - a place to head to find peace and relaxation on a bustling city break.
This page will provide you with details on how to get to Valencia's main city beach from Valencia city centre (the old town). You will also find links to photographs of Valencia beach and full details of the facilities and disabled accessibility to Valencia beach.
There are a grand total of 8 beaches in Valencia city and the surrounding area. However, if you are on a city break to Valencia city, you are most likely to want to visit the city beach. Valencia's city beach is called El Cabanyal (or Las Arenas). It can be reached by bus or tram from the city centre within about twenty minutes (see below).
El Cabanyal is a wide and sandy beach. It is dotted with parasols cutting an iconic shape on the blue skyline. The water is generally calm. You will find a promenade sitting at the back of the beach, offering a pleasant place to take a stroll along the beach. You will also see seafood restaurants lining the back of the beach - a place to try Valencia's legendary rice dishes (paella was invented in Valencia).
To get a better idea of what Valencia city's beach has to offer, take a look at the photo route on our Images of Valencia beach page.
Valencia is Spain's third largest city, meaning that it has a large and sprawling city centre. If you are on a city break to Valencia, chances are you will be spending a lot of time in the old town - El Carmen. If you want to get from Valencia's city centre (El Carmen) to the beach, you will need to take public transport - it would take you over an hour to walk. It is best to head there on the bus or on the metro (see below for full details).
Bus to El Cabanyal beach:
You will need to take the number 19 bus from Plaza del Ayuntamiento (the bus stop is on the right hand side of the square if you are facing Estacio Nord station, with the town hall in front of you). The bus will take you all the way down the side of the riverbed and to the streets that are directly behind the beach. You will know that it is time to get off the bus when you turn on to Calle Doctor Lluch.
Bus journey time: 15/ 20 minutes
Car parkingCar Parking Near El Cabanyal Beach
If you want to head to one of Valencia's other beaches, you can remain on the number 19 bus and head all the way to Playa Malvarrosa or Playa de la Patacona.
Metro to El Cabanyal beach:
You can take the metro to El Cabanyal beach from Xativa metro station - the metro station that sits right outside Estació del Nord train station. You will need to take Green Line, L5 to Maritim Serreria metro station. From Maritim Serreria metro you can catch the tram for the rest of the journey - as far as Mediterrani tram stop. Here you will be dropped just outside the parking area that sits behind El Cabanyal beach.
For full details on how to use the Valencia metro system, see our Guide to Valencia metro. Here you will find information on ticket prices, where to buy tickets and the different ticket options that are available.
Metro/ tram journey time: 25/ 30 minutes
If you are planning on making a trip to Valencia marina or the City of Art and Sciences , these could be twinned with a trip to the beach as they are all in a similar part of town.
El Cabanyal beach (Las Arenas) is a well serviced beach, with disabled access, medical centres, lifeguards, sun lounger hire, toilets and outdoor showers. For full details on the services at the beach, plus what times of the year they are available, see our Guide to the Beaches of Valencia.
Valencia is a city with that extra something - a beautiful beach. If you are on a break to the city and are looking for somewhere to unwind, the beach is the place to head.