Directions for the Beaches South of Valencia
Bus Stops in Valencia:
If you can speak Spanish ask the driver to let you know when you get to:
Camping Coll Vert - for Pinedo beach. You will be dropped off on a roundabout. Backtrack a few metres and turn left towards the sea. That road will take you to the nudist part of the Pinedo beach.
El Saler - for El Saler beach. You will be dropped off in the El Saler town centre. The beach is clearly signposted from there - a few minute walk. During the peak months of July and August the bus will make an extra stop at the beach itself.
Mirador de Albufera - for La Devesa. You will be dropped off at the observation point on the Albufera lake. From here follow the directions below.
If you can't speak Spanish and have to rely on the landmarks only, here is the breakdown. The map only shows the stops to get off at since you shouldn't rely on counting the stops as the bus may not stop at all of them if there is noone to pick up there.
Once the bus crosses the Turia river (the real one, not the gardens) and gets on the highway, you will be out of Valencia. It will then turn into a town - this is Pinedo. Don't get off here - this is far from the Pinedo beach. Instead stay on the bus until it goes through two roundabouts. Once you see the third one approaching, press the button. You will be dropped off just passed that roundabout, by the entrance to a camping ground Camping Coll Vert. Backtrack a few metres and turn left towards the sea. That road will take you to the nudist part of the Pinedo beach.
At this point - around 20-25 min bus trip from Valencia centre.
For the El Saler stay on until, in just a few minutes and after one more stop at the 4th roundabout, the bus enters the El Saler town. The built-up landscape will be obvious and quite a few people will get off here. You will be dropped off in the El Saler town centre. The beach is clearly signposted from there - a few minute walk. During the peak months of July and August the bus will make an extra stop at the beach itself.
At this point - around 25-30 min bus trip from Valencia centre.
To carry on to La Devesa stay on the bus. It may or may not turn to the El Saler beach (depending on whether you are travelling during July / August. Either way, once the bus comes out of El Saler it will carry on along a straight stretch of single carriageway, with a forest on your left and fields / water reservoirs on your right. At some point it will turn into a road on the left, through a small settlement called Les Gavines, to make a short loop by the Hotel Sidi Saler. It usually makes two stops there before coming back to the same carriageway with the water on the right. As soon as you se the water (Albufera Lake) you press the button. In a couple hundred metres the bus will drop you off at an observation platform of Albufera (called El Mirador de Albufera).
At this point - around 35 - 40 min bus trip from Valencia centre.
Once you get off the Mirador de Albufera, you will find yourself by the bridge that goes across the channel connecting Albufera and the sea. When you have enjoyed the views on Albufera, walk accross the bridge to its southern end. You will see a road going immediately left, towards the sea. 20 meteres or so down that road, on the right is a very noticeable sign / board marking the start of the pine forest trail to the right. Follow the trail to the end (around 7-10 min). it is a gorgeous forest walk amongst lush pines. The trail will eventually come out onto a desolate road. Turn left and in 20-30 metres you will reach the edge of a small lake directly in front of you. Follow the lake around its right / southern side and then head for the dunes in front of you. The beach is behind those dunes.
Important point: you get back the same way but be aware that the return bus stop is barely noticeable and it isn't opposite the stop you orignally got off at. The return bus stop is on the cross of the main road and the road where the forest trail starts. It is no more than a small gravel patch cleared of growth, with the Herca bus sign in the bushes.
The Bus Timetable
During the peak months of July and August the yellow bus usually goes every half an hour. Check with the Tourist Office to confirm