Half-Day Tour or Shore Excursion with Private Vehicle
Sagunto is an off-the-beaten path visit about 25 minutes north of Valencia, and fabulous if you love Roman and/or Jewish history. Sagunto is home to the largest Roman fort still remaining on the Iberian peninsula- an undiscovered gem by most! This is also the only town nearby where Jewish historical sites can still be seen.
Aside from the impressive hill-top of Roman ruins and spectacular views of the Valencia region below, we will also visit a wonderfully excavated Roman street with its houses, water systems and shop remains, as well as a wealthy Roman merchant's home. As we stroll the quaint medieval streets of a once large Roman city in a bygone past, we will spot the old gate to the Jewish quarter, noble palaces, the Santa Maria church from 1334, started where the Moorish mosque once was, as well as a medieval mansion that now houses the remains of the Roman Temple of Diana and a Jewish bath or 'Mikveh'.
IMPORTANT NOTE: MONDAYS fort and Via Portico Museum are closed and itinerary can be supplemented with a visit to nearby caves, a portion of Valencia or another seasonal suggestion.
4-5 hours: After I pick you up, we travel 25 minutes north to Sagunto, passing orange groves and other farming lands on the way. We first vist the 'Via Portico' museum, only recently opened, where we see a fabulously excavated Roman road and side street with its great examples of the Roman way of life, its water systems, homes and shops as well as the nearby ruins of one rich Roman merchant's home.
We then drive briefly to the medieval quarter, passing the Roman circus remains amidst modern housing, and park. We then walk UP 10-15 min, to the spectacular Roman fort with remains of a forum as well as later Moorish Mudejar remains and Latin tombstones in the archeological museum. On the way down medieval 'Castle street', we stroll through the Jewish quarter and step into a 15th century mansion with mikveh and Diana Temple remains.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 5 hours
IMPORTANT NOTE: MONDAYS CAN ONLY INCLUDE MEDIEVAL JEWISH TOWN AND 15TH CENTURTY MANSION WITH MIKVEH AND JEWISH CEMETARY, AS ROMAN FORT AND 'VIA PORTICO' MUSUEM ARE CLOSED. I THEN SUPPLEMENT WITH EITHER NEARBY CAVES OR A PORTION OF VALENCIA, AS YOU WISH.
4 people or fewer - Mercedes Class B (like a small SUV).
4-6 people - Chrysler minivan with tinted windows, leather seats, and electric doors.
7+ people - Please consult.
IMPORTANT NOTE (for groups of 6): In my touring car, the middle two seats are very large and comfortable, and the back seat is a bench seat for 3 people. This may be a tight squeeze, so I need a confirmation that this is alright before I accept the booking. I can also book minibus at an additional charge.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
15 € - There is a small ceramics store, typical of this area, that you may want to buy gifts or souvenirs at or if we will be stopping for lunch you will want local cash.
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Five out of five. Kate was fabulous. She is smart, charming, listens to her guests and made our day with her so very special.
Audrey Weiner Solomon