The Malvarrosa Beach is one of the most important and well-known beaches in the city of Valencia. It is completely attached to the city, next to a fishing district of the same name. For this reason, it is one of the busiest beaches all year round.
Next to Malvarrosa beach, we find other beaches, such as Cabanyal and Las Arenas. Equally urban beaches belonging to the city of Valencia that is worth knowing and enjoying, or that of the Patacona that belongs to Alboraya.
History of the Malvarrosa Beach
Both the beach and the Malvarrosa neighbourhood owe their name to a gardener named Felix Robillard, who in 1858 decided to buy a large plot by the sea. This strip of land, which at that time was a marsh, was dried up and populated with plants, among them a popular geranium called Malva-Rosa.
Over the years, the beach was changing from a fishing use to become a place of rest and recreation of the Valencian bourgeoisie, along with the beach of Las Arenas, in which there was a magnificent spa, now transformed into a luxury hotel.
Illustrious characters of the time, such as the writer Vicente Blasco Ibáñez or the painter Joaquín Sorolla, frequented the neighbourhood, to the point of building a residence by the sea and creating some of their works in it.
The Malvarrosa beach today
Currently, the Malvarrosa beach has been transformed into an essential urban beach. Its almost two kilometres long and an average width of about 60 meters make it one of the most visited beaches in Valencia and the Region of Valencia.
Many inhabitants of Valencia, and thousands of tourists who visit the city sunbathe on the fine golden sand any time of the year. Remember that the Valencian coast enjoys pleasant temperatures most of the year, and the Mediterranean water is warm and at the same time refreshing.
A large promenade serves as the boundary between the city and the beach. Built in the early 80's of the twentieth century, it houses a large number of shops, restaurants, cafes, and nightclubs.
At the same time, on the beach, there are also all kinds of services such as showers and lifeguard stations, as well as umbrellas and hammocks' rental. There is also an area adapted for people with reduced mobility at the Malvarrosa beach.
The Malvarrosa Beach has been awarded blue flag granted by the European Union for many years. This recognition certifies the quality of its water and sand, as well as all its services.
Events that take place at the Malvarrosa Beach
During the year various events are held at the Malvarrosa beach. Highlights include the Festival Aéreo Internacional, the Neapolitan mascletà that is fired during the fallas, or the wind festival that annually gathers hundreds of people flying their kites or catxirulos in a show that fills the sky with colour.