At the beginning of the 70s…

Port Saplaya was built at the beginning of the 70s as a Project among a group of business people and local landowners near the beach at Alboraya. The area is well known as the cradle of a famous drink, horchata, made from tiger nuts. To grow the nuts a special combination of soil and sand is needed. Most of the landowners near the beach welcomed the Port Saplaya project with open arms.

At that time access to the beach was complicated and as such was little used for bathing despite being only 3 kilometres from Valencia.

The Project was inspired by various similar designs on the Cote D’Azur in France and the Italian Riviera, mainly Port Grimaud in the gulf of Saint Tropez, building a harbour and docks surrounded by buildings where each owner could moor up beside his or her house.

In the 70s seaside developments consisted of high apartment blocks. Port Saplaya was unique.

Port Saplaya (in Valencian Port Sa Platja, meaning ‘harbour and its beach’), had an interior marina with sea access from its inception. The harbour has moorings surrounded by terraced houses painted in pastel colours, allowing the boat users to arrive at the doors of their houses, as if they were in a Little Venice..

The design of Port Saplaya is unusual, consisting as it does of two lines of building that, from the sea envelope the marina, located at the centre of the development and accessible only on foot.

The harbour
was the first part
that was built.

The construction consists of two plazas or squares, the Plaza Major in the south zone and the Plaza de la Senyoria in the north zone, open at one side and surrounded by arches on the other three. The seaside promenades are separated by the outlet of the harbour, through which the boats enter.

The whole village is pedestrian, and the whole is surrounded by the only road, which permits Access to the garages, all of which are underground. The village reminds you of a medieval town, with narrow streets, small squares, nooks and crannies in the shade, all of which is designed to offer the maximum relaxation to the residents, while never losing sight of the Mediterranean Sea.

Our attention is grabbed by the colourful facades in shades of ochre, maroon and suchlike colours that evoke the land and coast of the Mediterranean. The interior design was carried out with loving care by interior designer Agnès Borel, who was also responsible for designing a host of details on the site that give it its unique character. Most of the cast iron balconies of the houses are antiquities and we also can come across a small fountain in one nook, a ceramic plaque in another, as well as benches, a stone well, gargoyles, water spouts and pottery.

All the stonework of the columns is made of baked clay. Equally, the plants and flowers add a freshness to the environment creating an evocative, peaceful protected feeling, although the hovering presence of the sea is omnipresent.

Port Saplaya was developed by
S.A. Playa de Alboraya,
currently part of the group Libertas 7, S.A.
owner and promotor of Apartamentos Port Saplaya.