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Stay-Cabanyal

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

 

Air BnB Terrace

Air BnB Terrace

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

Las Arenas

Las Arenas

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

Urban Youth Hostel

Urban Youth Hostel

 

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

Aguas

 

 

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

 

Neptuno

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.

A reproduction

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

 

Away Days from Cabanyal

Away Days from Cabanyal

 

If you feel like a change from the beach and the barrio, there are plenty of places to visit on a day trip. Use the Metro, the bus or the train, walk or cycle. Getting around is easy and affordable.

 


Into the City Centre

 

A 15 minute Metro ride on line 5 from Maritim Serreria will take you into the centre of Valencia.

 

Mercado Colon in centre

Mercado Colon in centre

Get off at Colon,  one of Valencia’s main shopping streets. Or Xativa for the Estacion del Norte, an ornate Art Nouveau gem and one of the most beautiful stations in the world.

From here it’s a five minute walk to the Plaza del Ajuntamiento with its magnificent Post Office and grand town hall. Take a walk around the  nearby Mercado Central to explore its amazing selection of food stalls and admire its stunning domed roof.

Post office dome in centre

Post office dome in centre

Continue into Plaza de La Reina to see La Seu, the splendid Gothic cathedral. Walk up the side of this 13 century wonder until you reach another gracious square, the Plaza de la Virgin.  With its fountains, statues and beautiful Basilica, this is the most elegant plaza of them all.

El Rastro

El Rastro

El Rastro

El Rastro

 

If you’re exploring on a Sunday, take the metro to Aragon which is minutes from the fascinating flea market, known as El  Rastro, home to hundreds of stalls selling everything from furniture to postcards. Name your price and be prepared to barter with the  generally good humoured traders.

 

 

 


Albufera

Albufera

On the Paella Trail

Take the bus from outside El Saler shopping

centre opposite the Ciudad des Artes y Ciencas to El Palmar, the birthplace of paella.

This small town is a shrine to rice recipes and sits at the southern limit of the freshwater lagoon of

La Albufera, 10 kms from Valencia. Rice is cultivated, harvested and cooked here and it’s also a famous bird sanctuary.

El Palmar

El Palmar

Take a boat trip on a barquet – a Valencian flat-bottomed boat – visit the Raco de l’Olla Visitors Centre, for a spot of birdwatching.
Eat lunch at one of the 25 paella restaurants.
Most are run by fishermen whose catch includes eels from La Albufera.
El Palmar is also a good place to try Ali y Pebre, the traditional eel and pepper steak.

 

 

 

 


El Saler beach

El Saler beach

Find a

Wilder Beach

If you’re looking for a wilder beach than Las Arenas take a bus to El Saler, a few kilometres out of the city.  They run regularly (less in winter) and stop outside the El Saler shopping centre. The journey time is around 20 minutes.

You can also cycle there quite easily along dedicated paths, the last stretch being alongside dunes and pine forests.

There’s a clutch of bars and restaurants in the town of El Saler or you can pick up a  picnic and settle in for a day of sun and swimming in the clear Mediterranean.

 

 

 


 

Castillo de Sagunto

Castillo de Sagunto

Visit an Historic Town

 

 

A half hour train ride from Valencia Cabanyal station will take you to Sagunto, a  lovely hilltop fortress town with

amazing panoramic views.

Explore the Roman theatre, home to a three week open air arts festival each August, as well as a former Jewish quarter.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Benicassim

Benicassim

Take a Trip to a Festival City

 

Catch the train to the seaside town of Benicassim. from Valencia Cabanyal station. It’s a two hour journey but worth it to see the home of the famous music festival, which takes place in July.

No matter when you visit though, this is a delightful excursion to a classy resort.  You’ll find stunning, sandy beaches, good swimming and a trail of splendid art deco villas along the seafront.

Shops, bars and seafood restaurants will keep you busy until it’s time to take the train home.