To the north of the Port lie Valencia city’s beaches, Las Arenas, La Malvarossa and La Patacona. Once a traditional fishing area, these wide beaches with fine golden sand, have been over-taken by Valencia’s inhabitants, who come to enjoy the sun and relax. Flanked by a wide promenade, it’s the perfect place to ride a bike, go jogging, play beach volleyball or just take a stroll. Here you will find many restaurants to try the original Valencian Paella or enjoy a drink and some tapas. In the summer the port and the beach offer great nightlife with open air discotheques and bars.
The port of Valencia is located in the east of the city. It is one of the most important ports in Spain and Europe. It handles 20% of Spanish export, the main exports being food and drink (the Valencian region is famous for its oranges), furniture, ceramic tiles, fans, textiles and iron products. In addition to its trading port, Valencia also boasts a marina. The Marina Real Juan Carlos I underwent a major overhaul to host the 32nd and 33rd editions of the America’s Cup in 2007 and 2010. This prestigious sailing contest put Valencia’s marina on the international nautical tourism map. It is now a popular meeting point for nautical sports fans and tourists in general. It has lots of different restaurants, a children’s play area and a range of activities, including boat trips along the Valencian coast. All in all, a great place to visit when you’re in Valencia.