El Cabanyal is the unique coastal district of Valencia. The former fishermen’s quarter offers you wonderfully wide and charming sandy beaches with lively promenades, a lively culture as well as an eventful history!

The history and evolution of El Cabanyal

El Cabanyal, also known as Cabañal-Cañamelar, is located on the coast of eastern Valencia and is the gateway to the Mediterranean Sea. Originally a fishing village, it became part of the expanding city of Valencia in the 19th century. Despite this change, El Cabanyal has retained its unique charm. The narrow streets, tiled houses and traditional architecture bear witness to its maritime past.

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Life in El Cabanyal: Yesterday and Today

Once the center of fishing, El Cabanyal is now a cultural melting pot that has retained its charm. Traditional fish restaurants, lively local markets and cozy cafes characterize the neighborhood’s atmosphere. Residents are proud of their roots and enjoy sharing their stories with visitors.


El Cabanyal offers a wealth of attractions. The Mercado del Cabanyal is a lively market selling fresh produce and handicrafts. The Iglesia de los Ángeles, a historic church, tells of the spiritual importance of the neighborhood. Avenida de Blasco Ibáñez connects El Cabanyal with downtown and is the neighborhood’s vibrant lifeline.

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El Cabanyal beaches

The sandy beaches of El Cabanyal are the jewel of the Valencian coast. Here really everyone can find a place! Playa de la Malvarrosa stretches along the neighborhood and offers golden beaches and clear waters. The promenade, known as Paseo Marítimo, invites you to take relaxing walks and is lined with restaurants and cafes.

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Las Arenas is another popular beach that attracts visitors with its wide strip of sand and the historic Las Arenas Hotel. Playa Patacona is also recommended, although it already belongs to the neighboring municipality of Alboraia.Here it is correspondingly quieter, the section is wonderful for an extended beach walk.

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The unique architecture of El Cabanyal

If you are in El Cabanyal, you should definitely stroll through its alleys. You can find them on the map by following the streets laid out in a checkerboard pattern. Here you will find the Valencian tiled houses, also known as „Fachada Valenciana„. The ceramic tiles decorate the facades with motifs of the sea, flowers and geometric shapes. Even though the neighborhood reminds a bit of the famous facades in Lisbon, it makes El Cabanyal somehow unique.

How to get to El Cabanyal from downtown

Getting to El Cabanyal is straightforward. Streetcar line 5 provides a direct connection, while a leisurely stroll along Avenida de Blasco Ibáñez is a pleasant way to slowly discover the neighborhood.

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