Towards the end of March and the beginning of April, the city of Valencia turns to the sea not only because of the arrival of Spring and the warmer weather, but because of the religious festivities that occur in Valencia during Easter. During Maritime Holy Week, the charming neighbourhoods of the beach and port area are flooded with processions and liturgical acts. For the occasion, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite restaurants in the Poblats Marítims district from casual to fine dining and traditional to modern- our hand-picked list will ensure you have great dining experiences in the neighbourhood.
Taska de la Reina
Carrer de la Reina, 173, 46011 València, Valencia, Spain
This seafood restaurant is full of flare with a façade adorned with colourful patterned ceramic tiles. Set in a modernist building, the vibrant and colourful nature of this restaurant echo the personality of the neighbourhood. They offer traditional cuisine in the form of rice dishes and tapas with innovative touches, as well as a vast selection of wines. Diners are invited to enjoy relaxed lunches and dinners in the heart of the neighbourhood.
Marina Real Juan Carlos I, 46011 Valencia, Spain
Located on the Marina, Panorama boasts some of the best views over Las Arenas beach and the Mediterranean Sea. The restaurant epitomises elegant yet relaxed dining with an extensive menu of fresh Valencian products and award-winning wines. Offering an unsurpassed dining experience with spectacular sea views, the outdoor terrace at Panorama is the perfect spot for a wine and seafood lunch under the Spanish sunshine!
Carrer de Josep Benlliure, 69, 46011, València, Valencia, Spain
Casa Montaña is a charming tavern founded in 1836. This is about as traditional as it gets in Spain with authentic tapas and typical food dishes from Valencia. The restaurant also offers tasting menus. Enjoy lunch or dinner at this rustic taverna; savour the warm hospitality and soak up the local charm of the area with every bite.
Carrer de Josep Benlliure, 42,46011 València, Valencia, Spain
La Sasteria serves seasonal seafood in a chic, fine dining restaurant with its kitchen in view of the diners. The space is divided into two sections: a restaurant and a bar with quirky art deco interiors full of tremendous tiling. With a bar displaying fresh fish and seasonal seafood dishes, connect with the district’s local culture in this restaurant that is an ode to the sea.
Carrer d’ Eugènia Viñes, 225, 46011 València, Valencia, Spain
Discover a world of cuisine at Mercabanyal just off the beach. A lively and vibrant outdoor space that transmits the essence of this increasingly dynamic district. This colourful food court caters to all food palettes serving a variety of world cuisine from American burgers to Italian pizzas and Thai food to Valencian cuisine. The open-air space and two floor lay-out render Mercabanyal an ideal spot for soaking up the sunshine over lunch. However, with fairy lights and music in the evenings, diners are in for an equally great experience for dinner!
Puerto de Valencia Muelle, Carrer del Moll de la Duana, s/n, 46024, Valencia, Spain
Quiosc Duana is an intimate spot for tapas and rice dishes with a stylish atmosphere and warm, welcoming staff. This is a must-visit dining spot if you want to feel like a local and delve deeper into Spanish gastronomic tradition. Pair your authentic dishes with a glass of local wine from the region, what’s not to love?!
Carrer de Francesc Cubells, 37, 46011, Valencia
A lively, vibrant spot tucked away in El Canyamelar that is famous for its tapas and pinchos priced at only €3 a unit. With a wide selection and the freedom to eat as little or as much as you like, this is a casual tapas bar with a great ambience, but it fills up quickly in the evenings so be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment!
Report by Imogen Hockings
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