Sagunto

Sagunto (Valencian: Sagunt) is in a city in Valencia.

Understand

Modern Sagunto is divided into two sections: the modern port with good beaches, and the historic centre, near the original Iberian hilltop fortifications.

The original town was established in the 5th century BCE by the Celtiberians, and eventually developed strong trade relations with nearby Greek and Phoenician colonies. In 219 BCE the city sided with Rome against the Carthaginians and was subjected to the eight-month 'Siege of Saguntum', resulting in Hannibal's capture of the town and the beginning of the Second Punic War. Later the city fell under Roman, then Visigothic, and later Moorish control before finally being conquered by Jaime I of Aragon in the early 13th century. Modern visitors can appreciate remains from each of these periods.

In the early 20th century the port area saw a large population growth due to manufacturing and the steel industry. For visitors the draw here is the excellent beaches.

Get in

From Valencia, Renfe regional train line C6 depart every ½ hour from Estació de València Nord; a round-trip ticket costs €4.70 and the journey lasts about 30 minutes.

Get around

By foot

The easiest way to get around the historic centre of the city is by foot.

By bus

AVSA operates three bus routes in Sagunto. Line 1 traverses the historic centre, Line 2 covers the port area, and Line 102, possibly the most useful for travellers, connects the historic centre with the port area and its beaches. A single journey costs €1.45 (no transfers); timetables (in Spanish) can be viewed here.

By taxi

A taxi stand is located in front of the train station.

See

Historic centre

Castell de Sagunt
Teatre Romà
Portalet de la Sang, the main entrance to the Jueria

Port area

Do

Birdwatching

Beaches

Platja del Port

Sagunto has 13km of excellent beaches, including   Platja del Port (Playa del Puerto),   Platja d'Almardà (Playa de L'Almardá),   Platja de Corint (Playa Corinto), and   Platja de la Malvarosa (Playa Malvarrosa). Between 15 June and 15 September all beaches maintain lifeguard stations, first aid stations, showers, and public toilets. Platja del Port, being closest to the city, has the most facilities but is also the most crowded; Platja de la Malvarosa, being the furthest, is the least developed and also has a nudist section.

Eat

Sleep

Go next

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