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Valencia's Beach - Very Warm in April!
Valencia's beach is gripping. Vast: long and extremely wide, there were few people and lots and lots of palm trees!
I took a feet-massaging sand walk and listened to the sound of the waves!
It was oddly hard to reach this beautiful beach...
The hotel's (kind and friendly) receptionist misdirected me to a bus station where (unfortunately) the (alleged) yellow buses heading towards the beach were not circulating.
What was worse: no-one I asked on the streets (must have been 20-30 people) had the faintest idea about how to get to the beach!
After wasting 2.5 hours on buses and connecting trams, I finally found my way to Valencia's beach. Awesome place!
Lots and lots of palms on the shore at Valencia's beach
The beach was both long and wide, very clean sand with very few shells.
In fact, there are 2 main beach sections: Playa de Malvarrosa and Playa de Levante (Playa Las Arenas). Yes, the latter had two names.
The weather was very warm for mid-April. But hey, this is Spain!
This time of the year there were only a few people, including several hot bra-less dorises lying in the sun like seals.
I took a long walk on the beach measuring 3.5 km (2.17 mi) in length, with a maximum width of about 170 m. On average, I think it has a width of about 120 m. Very wide strip of fine sand!
Water was ice-cold, but the sound of the waves had a therapeutic effect on me.
I loved staring at the vast blue Mediterranean. Semingly infinite blue sea... the two ships looked like they were sailing at the edge of the World and also blending with the water.
It was a long long walk and with my feet sinking in the sand and a heavy backpack, so I chose the water-wet darker sand, which was less soft (thus, easier to walk on).
By the way, the high season for this beach is during July-August. Crowds gather then.
Behold: there's nice architecture along the beach as well... and because I'm obsessed with buildings, I took plenty of photo-shots. Here are some...
Lots of traditional buildings, old houses, former shops and warehouses (many looked abandoned, worn-down)
The beach was incredibly clean. Nothing bothered me except for a single sharp piece of a broken shell during a walk of more than 7 km (4.35 mi)!
Honestly, this beach walks was more like a hike to me!
I headed to Puerto Saplaya, a resort town north of Valencia.
I guess those of us who have weight/fat issues could simply take a long beach walk. My 7 km (4.35 mi) walk to Saplaya was quite energy-consuming and after it, I felt like had come out of the Sahara. Hungry, thirsty and tired... but in a strange way, purified and more fresh.
Old buildings near the beach... Movie-like sight, indeed!
As I was getting back to the city, I took the time to enjoy the area's architecture. Many of the old buildings have remained the same - the experience was a bit like a trip back in time.
I prefer the older-style, more traditional buildings to the modern ones.
One day I would love to own a nice building like this in the proximity of a beach.
Peculiar green restaurant building very close to the beach
I reckon, after having seen several beaches in Europe (Spain included), Valencia's beach is among the best European beaches. Very clean sand, no rocks seen in the water to bother the swimmer!.
In fact, it's so vast and so unpopular, I bet it even seemed better than Benidorm or Alicante (which are far more notorious).
I'd advise you to check it out, because there's less crowds (even during the warmer months), more space and it's very clean!
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