The view from La Mas Bonita Chiringuito, Valencia, Spain

¡Que Vistas! – Valencia’s Best Summer Terraces

Ahhhhh (collective sigh)…it´s summer. Time to relax, sit back and enjoy the fantastic Spanish weather with a cold drink in hand. Living in Valencia, we’re spoiled with endless options for al fresco dining and drinks, but why sit just anywhere when you can pursue the ultimate remedy for your urban fatigue on a terrace with a fabulous view. Whether your soul yearns for metropolitan heights or beach-y chic vibes, we’ve got the spot for you. Here’s our list of Valencia’s top terraces with vistas that are hard to beat.

(Photo Above:  Lounge with a sea view, at La Mas Bonita Chiringuito)

Living on the Mediterranean coast has its perks, and one of them is easy access to a number of chill beachfront terrazas. Not in the mood to put on pants?  “No shirt and no shoes” is no problem at La Más Bonita Chiringuito.  Although their flagship restaurant is also beach front on the Patacona with a gorgeous terrace out back, the chiringuito is the way to go if you want an ice-cold drink without ever leaving the sand and the endless, blue Mediterranean views. They’re open daily from 11am to 11pm, May-October, to take full advantage of those long summer days. We guarantee a cold drink here will wash away your troubles.

La Mas Bonita Chiringuito

Beachfront, at La Mas Bonita Chiringuito

Chiringuito (chee-rin-gee-toh) = beach bar

Moving further down La Patacona beach you´ll find Brassa de Mar. Open from 10am to 1am daily, the hip, avant-guarde restaurant and terrace is a place to sit back and relax on your butt. No literally, their Amstel Lounge Terraza has chairs shaped like firm buttocks. (Don’t worry, the front of each chair is not anatomically correct.) If you prefer to kick your feet up, sip on a cocktail and enjoy the famous Spanish siesta on one of the four poster beds overlooking the sea. Just don’t forget the SPF. The lobster look isn’t flattering on anyone.

Lounge area at Brass de Mar.

Lounge area at Brassa de Mar.

 

Brassa del Mar's new Chiringuito

Brassa de Mar’s new Chiringuito

Along the Malvarosa beach and near the port you’ll find plenty of restaurants and bars along the beachfront strip with terraces to breathe in the salty air. One spot to check out is Gabbana Beach Club. Although not as stylish as some of its competition nearby, the Gabbana terrace is open Fridays and Saturdays and offers a quaint upstairs with soft candlelight and great views of the beach; perfect for a pre-dinner refreshment. Their fresh and fruity cocktails, along with live music and DJ sessions downstairs will get you ready for wherever the night takes you.

Marina Beach Club is without a doubt the most talked about hip, new terrace to hit this summer. Suit up, because this is the place where the pretty people like to come dressed to impress. Located on the edge of Malvarosa Beach and the Marina Real Juan Carlos I, Marina Beach Club has it all. The lounge and pool bar make you feel like you’re at an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean but beware that it comes with a price tag. Lounge beds come at a hefty 50€ per person/chair but are allocated with a 35€ food and drink credit, and the inviting infinity pool is exclusive to those who hire a lounge. We recommend taking up a cozy seat in the general shaded area just behind the pool where guests hang to see and be seen. Further down the property you’ll find the “club” section which has a live DJ daily from 12pm to 9pm. The beach club will soon also have its own chiringuito directly on the beach to offer more lounge chairs and drinks closer to the surf. Water sports including paddle surfboards, jet skis, and futuristic fly boards will all be available for rent by the hour to help keep you busy all day.

The infinity pool at the Marina Club in Valencia

The infinity pool at the Marina Beach Club

 

Valencia's Marina Club

Valencia’s Marina Club bar area: A bit of South Beach in Spain

Panorama definitely wins for unobstructed views of the crystal clear Mediterranean. Located at the end of the Marina Real Juan Carlos I and hovering above the water, the minimalistic, glass style showcases the breathtaking 360⁰ views of the Malvarosa beach, Marina and Mediterranean Sea. Known for their posh Mediterranean cuisine, they also offer a variety of drinks and coffee for those who just want to take in the sights on the terrace without eating. If you’re bored of the standard blends, try one of Panorama’s adult desserts like the Mojito sorbet or the “Valencianito” which features Grand Marnier cognac.

Stunning views at Panorama, Valencia, Spain

Full glass walls give the dining room at Panorama give the sensation of ‘sitting’ on the Mediterranean. The outside area has equally stunning views.

Next to the America’s Cup, Veles I Vents building, High Cube can be found directly on top of the Marina Real Juan Carlos I.  No really, it feels like you’re floating on the water. Open to the public from midday on; this summer terrace is the type of place you’d pull up your yacht to (if you had one) for a luscious Mojito. The atmosphere starts to pick up in the evening when folks drop in for some relaxed beers and hypnotic “chill-out” music, and the party really gets going later when it turns into a nightclub with some of the best live house in Valencia.

If you’ve had enough of the beach and are looking for something urban, located on the 4th floor rooftop of the Cathedral Suites Hotel, you’ll find a brand new hideaway called Petit Bistró Terrace. Not to be confused with their other two locations in Plaza Tossal and Plaza de La Virgen, the rooftop terrace has secluded views of the cathedral of Valencia away from all the noise and commotion of the Plaza de la Reina below. With a dedicated Mixologist on staff, you know the drinks are bound to be out of this world. The terrace offers seating at tables and a few couches but if you plan to stay for lunch or dinner, reservations are definitely recommended as space is limited. Have a “Spritz” and enjoy the views of Miguelete Tower without having to walk up 207 stairs. Oh and try to forget about the hanging powerlines; they tend to be a buzz kill…get it?

Petit Terrace, Valencia, Spain

Petit Terrace enjoys close up views of Valencia’s Cathedral

Another urban oasis with spectacular views is the Sky Bar Ateneo. With a hidden entrance from the street behind, the Sky Bar is located on the 6th floor of the Ateneo Mercantil building in Plaza de Ayuntamiento and is divided into two zones. The covered but open air bar has mood lighting that gradually changes colors with a chic, upscale feel. The restaurant dining room serves lunch and dinner, but the real gem is the connected terrace that overlooks the plaza below. Cocktails are standard (expensive) club pricing but the city lights at night may just make it worth the trip up.

Sky Bar Ateneo overlooking Plaza Ayuntamiento

Sky Bar Ateneo overlooking Plaza de Ayuntamiento. Source: Sky Bar Ateneo

A Valencian summer is not complete without a trip to the gorgeous L´Umbracle Terraza in the City of Arts and Science. Connected to the nightclub Mia downstairs, this garden paradise offers plush seating in little coves for both general visitors and VIP’s alike. Sit back with a drink under the palm trees to appreciate the beautiful and acclaimed architecture of Santiago Calatrava. Make sure to take a siesta beforehand, because the doors don’t open until midnight. The music leans toward commercial and since it’s a nightclub, feel free to dance the night away and stay for the gorgeous sunrise over the city at dawn.

The famous L'Umbracle open air nightspot

The famous L’Umbracle open air nightspot. Source: umbracleterraza.com

Whether you’re in relaxation, vacation mode with the family or get yo´drink on party mode with your friends, there are plenty of great terraces to choose from in Valencia. We hope you check out some of these stellar spots this summer. Enjoy the gorgeous vistas amigos.  Cheers!

 

 

 

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