Beach of the Patacona de Alboraya in summer, Valencia, Spain.

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Playa de la Patacona

Valencia's Beaches

The northern stretch of Valencia's main beach has a quieter, more local scene, but still gets busy in summer. It's backed by lovely traditional houses that have been converted into eateries, and there are also several appealing chiringuito (beach-bar) options on the sand. Like the rest of the strip, it's a wide, flat stretch of beach with plenty of room to move even in peak season.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Valencia's Beaches attractions

1. Playa de la Malvarrosa

0.59 MILES

The middle section of Valencia's main beach is popular with joggers and cyclists for its promenade. Though it gets busy, there's plenty of space for all…

2. Mercat Municipal del Cabanyal

1.39 MILES

Sturdy old ladies brought up in the tough streets of the fishing barrio of Cabanyal jostle each other and suspiciously prod the vegetables in this vibrant…

3. Playa de las Arenas

1.47 MILES

Stretching north from the marina, this is the beginning of Valencia's beach, the closest to the centre and the focal point of seaside life. Backed by…

4. Espai Vert

1.58 MILES

An astonishing sight, this '80s architectural project looks like the mothership has landed on the edge of Benimaclet. A riot of unusual angles, protruding…

5. Museo de Arroz

1.67 MILES

This restored rice mill gives good background on the importance to the city of the grain, grown in the nearby Albufera, with a video (English subtitles)…

6. Las Atarazanas del Grao

1.81 MILES

Originally constructed in the 14th century in Gothic style, these five parallel warehouses have been much altered over the years, but are still an…

7. Mercado Municipal del Grao

1.83 MILES

This low, squat market has an unusual indoor-outdoor design and is worth a look for its palpable sense of history (opened 1910) and community, but at the…

8. Centro Instructivo Musical

1.93 MILES

This centenarian institution in the heart of the Benimaclet barrio doesn't look much with its big, bare interior, but in many ways it's the soul of the…