Fodor's Expert Review Playa las Arenas
This wide (nearly 450 feet) and popular grand municipal beach stretches north from the port and the America's Cup marina more than a kilometer (½ mile), before it gives way to the even busier and livelier Platja de Malvarossa. The Paseo Marítimo promenade runs the length of the beach and is lined with restaurants and small hotels, including the Neptuno and the upscale Las Arenas Balneario resort. There's no shade anywhere, but the fine golden sand is kept pristine and the water is calm and shallow. There are three lifeguard posts and first-aid stations. Brisk off-shore winds can make this ideal for windsurfing and small-craft sailing; there's a sailing school on the beach to meet the demand. Valencia can be mild and sunny year-round, and there are excellent lunch options along the seafront even out of season. Amenities: food and drink; lifeguards; showers; toilets; water sports. Best for: sunset; swimming; walking; windsurfing.