Where to stay in El Cabanyal
Within the delightful fishermens’ houses you’ll find stunning rental properties and airbnbs for a range of prices. It’s easy to book light, airy apartments with wonderful sea views from sunlit roof terraces. Rates span from £20 to £150 a night, depending on the size of the property. So for a chance to stay in one of the neighbourhood’s beautiful old buildings this is the way to go – booking through www.airbnb.com or www.tripadvisor.com
Self-catering is a good option as there’s a good choice of bars and restaurants. Or you can buy fantastic fresh produce in the market, making cooking a pleasure.
Along the Paseo de Neptune, a strip of seafront hotels offer accommodation for a range of budgets, from basic to luxurious. All have bars and restaurants with glass-fronted terraces. Order a cold beer, a glass of Cava or a plate of paella and enjoy the breeze from the sea.
The Avenida del Puerto is a good alternative to the beach, sweeping right down to the harbour, with quieter streets and squares leading off this wide boulevard.
Lined with shops and cafes, it’s particularly appealing at the port end where
This swanky 5 star hotel sits in prime position on the seafront. Built in 1898 as a spa for the people of Valencia, it’s been restored, rebuilt and transformed into a luxury resort with two large swimming pools overlooking the sea. A gleaming cream monument, Las Arenas has lush gardens, bright, tasteful and elegant rooms, some with wonderful sea views and the snazzy Sorolla restaurant. An in-house spa, with indoor pool has an enticing range of treatments.
There’s no doubt this is the most upmarket seaside hotel in Valencia and it’s certainly impressive, if a little clinical.
Double rooms from £129
Urban Youth Hostel Hostel & Bar, Avenida del Puerto 280
Opened in October 2014, this vibrant, quirky hostel has a mix of dorms and private rooms .. Situated at on the Avenida del Puerto, it’s well located for the beach and the city centre.
The reception area is painted in bright colours with an arty theme and features a buzzing bar. The hostel also offers guests use of a terrace, a restaurant, a games room, a library and a shared kitchen so you can cook.
Hotel Marina Atarazanas, Plaza Tribunal de las
This gleaming, inviting Hotel is situated in a quiet square, minutes from the port. It’s a good option for anyone wishing to be close to the sea but away from the seafront action.
Rooms are modern and stylish, there’s a rooftop sun terrace and seasonal pool, a restaurant and coffee shop with outdoor seating.
A Double or a twin room is around £50
Hotel Neptuno Valencia on Paseo de Neptuno
Right on the seafront, this is the most appealing of the seaside hotels – classy, simple in design and inviting. Its restaurant/bar has glass doors open to the sun and sea air and serves renowned typical Valencian food as well as cocktails, wine and coffees.
Rooms are plain, smart and comfortable and there’s a rooftop terrace with a pool, where you can lounge and swim if you don’t feel like taking a dip in the Mediterranean, seconds away. It’s stylish, affordable and with its prime position on the Paseo, it’s extremely popular.
Double rooms from £80
Apartmentos Puerto de Valencia, Jose Aguirre, 36
These bright, airy, spacious and tasteful apartments make a great self-catering option, a few minutes walk from the beach and the port. Situated in an elegant period building, they are well equipped with washing machines, TV and wifi.
The loft penthouse sleeps two and the second apartment, complete with whirlpool tub, sleeps four.
Sheets and towels are provided and both apartments have a sparkling, modern feel.
From £47 per night for the studio and £67 for the larger apartment
Book through Booking.com or be bold and turn up on the day ,ready to negotiate the best price.
This works well out of season but is not advisable in the height of summer.
Hotel Balandret, 20 Paseo Neptuno
This tasteful, stylish boutique hotel is the new highlight of Valencia’s seafront strip. Its 21 bedrooms feature tiles and marble in subtle shades to offset the Mediteranean warmth.
of La Balandrito – the little yacht – one of
Sorolla’s famous paintings, honours the famous Valencian artist and lights made from trumpets are a tribute to the city’s famous brass band culture. The airy restaurant with its outdoor sea view terrace serves Valencian mussels and calamares with curry sauce as well as traditional paella.
Double rooms from 90 euros