The Best Rooftop Bars in Valencia
The terrace at Marina Beach Club, Valencia. Photo courtesy of Marina Beach Club
The city of Valencia is full of art and architecture and also has an incredible party spirit, making it the perfect place for drinks with a view. Whether you want to admire the Old Town from above or just gaze out to sea, sit back and enjoy a glass of local cava or vermouth at one of these stunning locations.
Le Petit Bistro
Bar, Bistro, Spanish
This elegant rooftop terrace bar right in the heart of Valencia’s Old Town district is almost within touching distance of the Cathedral and its tower, El Miguelete. The terrace is a great place to spend hot afternoons, with its misting fans and plenty of cooling cocktails, as well as being perfect for a cosy dinner and a romantic evening watching the sun go down.
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Ateneo Sky Bar
Bar, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Spanish, $$$
As the name suggests, the Sky Bar gives amazing views of Valencia city centre from above. It’s situated on the main square, Plaza del Ayuntamiento, so makes a great stop for a tapas lunch after sightseeing in the Old Town. Come evening it transforms into a chic, atmospheric cocktail bar with DJs playing into the small hours on weekends.
A cool place to start your evening with views over the city. Plus, with a colourful cocktail menu and a great pool to cool off in, it’s also an ideal spot to spend one of Valencia’s many sunny afternoons. This terrace on top of the popular Hotel Barceló gives a different perspective from its location near the Turia Park and the City of Arts and Sciences.
The 270 Grados terrace at Hotel Barcelo, Valencia. Photo courtesy of Hotel Barcelo
Bar, Restaurant, Spanish
Not to be confused with the Ateneo Sky Bar (above), this one has a beachfront location and luxurious feel – with a price tag to match. But if you feel like treating yourself, there’s no more chilled out spot to relax in summer. It’s part of the Marina Beach Club, with a restaurant and infinity pool right by the beach and uninterrupted views out to sea.
Bar, Restaurant, Vegetarian, Mediterranean, $$$
Although not as high in the sky as some, the Panorama terrace bar next to Valencia’s beach is well worth a mention for its breathtaking sea views. It’s the perfect place to appreciate that magical Mediterranean light, and you can enjoy it all year round as there’s an outdoor terrace in the warmer months, while floor-to-ceiling glass surrounds the restaurant in winter. You can stop by for anything from coffee to a leisurely paella lunch, but the best time to enjoy this spot is at sunset.
By day this is a terrace garden filled with palm trees and framed by an unusual roof made from white arches, part of the City of Arts and Sciences complex and offering a good vantage point for photos. But on summer nights the space is transformed into one of the city’s most popular clubs, with two bars and an outdoor space decorated with tiki torches and plush seating, where the party goes on into the early morning.
Av. del Professor López Piñero, 5, Valencia, Spain +34 671 66 80 00
L’Umbracle, Valencia. Photo courtesy of umbracleterraza.com