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Sagunto, Spain Travel Guide 2024

Sagunto, Spain Travel Guide 2024

There are so many wonderful things to do in Sagunto Spain. Whether you want to explore the history of Sagunto, dine at a Michelin-star restaurant, or simply explore the beauty of this small town as a day trip from Valencia, there is plenty to keep you busy here.

While spending a month living in Valencia, I visited Sagunto a few times, mostly because I couldn’t get enough of those epic castle views, but also because the beach is pretty special here as well.

Whether you are passing through after a few days in Valencia or you are in the region for a while and want to get to know all of the best beaches in Valencia, Sagunto should definitely be on your itinerary for this region of Spain.

Is Sagunto Worth Visiting?

Sagunto is absolutely worth visiting.

If you are a history lover who wants to explore the Roman footprint in this region of Spain, then this is the place to do it. The Roman ruins around this city are some of the best I have seen outside of Italica in Seville.

If you want to explore castles with views back over the stunning Valencian countryside, then Sagunto is a great place to do that. The Sagunto Castle is a combination of Moorish, Roman, and Christian architecture that dates back to the 5th century BC.

Love traveling for a good meal? There are only 7 Michelin-star restaurants in the Valencian community and one of them is right here in Sagunto. Make a reservation at least two weeks in advance, especially during the busy summer period.

How to Get to Sagunto Spain

Getting to Sagunto is easy if you are coming from downtown Valencia. Hop on the Cercanias C6 train from the Valencia Nord station and you’ll be in Sagunto in about 30 minutes.

You can also drive from Valencia to Sagunto and be there in about 30 minutes. Valencia Airport is the nearest airport to Sagunto, so if you are planning to visit Sagunto for a few days of your trip, this is the best airport to fly into.

The train station in Sagunto is only a few blocks from all of the different things to do in town, so once you’re here you can walk everywhere.

What to Do in Sagunto Spain

1. Via del Portic

This is an absolute must on your things to do in Sagunto list. This small museum is home to the incredibly well-preserved main street of what was once the Roman settlement here in Sagunto.

Discovered a few decades ago when the apartment building above began digging to build a parking garage, construction was immediately halted and this historical site was slowly uncovered.

It is now a fantastic museum that is only open a few hours per day, so be sure to check the latest timetable before heading to Sagunto (it changes seasonally).

The best thing to do is to take the tour of Via del Portic which is available in Spanish and English. On weekends and holidays, there are two tour times available throughout the day.

Entrance is a whopping €1 per person and the tour is free, so whether you come for the tour or just to explore the inside of the museum, you pay the same.

On the tour, you will get to watch a short video about how the ruins were discovered. Then the guide will take you through the ruins and tell you about what each area was used for and give you time to look into the different spaces. 

Taking the tour is also the only way to get a chance to visit #2 on this list.

ancient roman ruins inside a museum.

The Via del Portic, the main street of ancient Saguntum, the city that was recorded here as early as the middle of the 1st century BC.

2. Domus dels Peixos

Hidden away on a quiet residential street is, well the ruins of a quiet residential street. Domus dels Peixos is believed to be the site of several homes that once belonged to the richest families in the Roman settlement. 

There are mosaics, toilets, and baths to explore and you can only do so if you take one of the two tours a day that starts at the Via del Portic museum. Entrance to this museum doesn’t cost any extra and is included in the ticket price of visiting Via del Portic.

Note that there are no bathrooms at this museum, so if you need to use the toilets, be sure to use them at Via del Portic before you leave.

large white building on a cobbled street with a few windows and doors of varying sizes.

The sizes of the doors and windows at the History Museum really caught my attention.

3. History Museum of Sagunto

The Museo Historico de Sagunto is one of the best places in Sagunto to learn more about the different sites that you will visit during your trip here.

Located in the old Jewish Quarter in a stunning Gothic building that dates back to the 14th century, this museum is home to collections that have been discovered at the historical sites across Sagunto including Via del Portic, Sagunto Castle, and homes around the Jewish Quarter. 

The History Museum of Sagunto is a good place to start or end your day as a way to get to know all of the different sites around the city and to be able to piece together the history of each of these incredible places during Sagunto’s long lifetime.

Entrance to the history museum is completely free. 

4. Archeological Center of Sagunto

For the true history buffs, you’ll want to add the Archeological Center to your list of things to do in Sagunto. 

Inside the Archeological Center of Sagunto Spain, you will find artifacts from the different archeology sites located around the city. Like the history museum, this museum focuses on the history of Sagunto, but the Archeology museum focuses mostly on ancient history such as the Romans, the Iberians, and those that came before them.

The Archeology Center of Sagunto is free to visit, but opening hours are short, so be sure to plan your trip to Sagunto around their opening hours if this museum is a priority for you.

outside of a historical church with a large brick bell tower on the left side and people standing near the steps.

It is well worth visiting this stunning church during your trip to Sagunto.

5. Santa Maria de Morvedre

The Gothic Church of Santa Maria, also known as Iglesia de la Natividad de Nuestra Señora, was built in the 14th century on the site of the Murviedro Mosque, hence its current name.

There are three 20-meter (65-foot) naves at the center of the church, making the interior of this basilica feel more like the inside of the ones you find in Zaragoza or Seville instead of a tiny little town on the outskirts of Valencia.

I had the pleasure of accidentally arriving just before Sunday mass in the middle of August, which meant many were home visiting with grandparents. Three and even four generations of Saguntonians headed into the church for service in their Sunday best. 

exterior of a large historical gothic building.

Casa dels Berenguer is a beautiful building worth exploring.

6. Casa dels Berenguer

There are a few reasons you’ll want to stop into Casa dels Berenguer during your trip to Sagunto Spain. The first is that it is home to the Sagunto tourism office.

If you want to find out what events are going on during your trip to Sagunto or you want a map to help you navigate during your day out in the city, then this is the first place you’ll want to visit.

A few other reasons to come to Casa dels Berenguer are that this Gothic Palace has an attic that dates back to the 18th century, a patio with a historical Jewish mikveh cistern, Renaissance arcades, and a wall that was once part of the Roman temple dedicated to the Goddess Diana.

Exploring the historical building is completely free, but like many things in Sagunto, opening hours are sometimes random, especially on weekends. Always check the opening hours on Google before visiting.

seats in an ancient roman theater.

Seats have been added to make it a little bit more comfortable to enjoy a show at the Roman Theater.

7. Roman Theater

The Roman Theater in Sagunto is a spectacular place to explore while visiting the city. You can stop there on your way up to the castle to rest your legs, or you can book a ticket to a performance that takes place right on this ancient stage.

One of the best things about this theater is that the city still uses it today. You can sit where the Romans sat and watch live music or theater performances throughout the summer months. There are usually shows every night in August and slightly less frequently during the other warmer months.

Some of the shows are completely free, it is simply on a first come-first serve basis. For others, you will have to prebook, which you can usually do at the Tourist Center located at Casa dels Berenguer. 

If you are just visiting for the day, you can walk through the theater and explore on your own. There is no entry fee to wander the tunnels or sit in the seats of the theater.

doorway of an ancient fortress made of pink stone at sagunto spain castle

There are so many stunning parts of Sagunto Castle to explore, but this arched gateway was one of my favorites.

8. Sagunto Castle

Sagunto Castle is by far my favorite of all of the things to do in Sagunto Spain. The fortification is over 2,000 years old and has ruins from the Romans, Iberians, and Medieval times. 

You can literally walk through history as you wander through the arches and step over the ruins of buildings from each of the groups of people who used this fortress at different points in time.

It’s a bit of a steep climb from the center of the old town up to the castle. You can stop at the Roman Theater along the way or you can grab a taxi from the station to drive you up to the entrance. It’s not far, only about 10-15 minutes from the Via del Portic Museum, but on a hot day, you’ll feel that hill.

Be sure to bring water, and if you are sensitive to the sun, an umbrella or large-brimmed hat. There is little to no shade up at the castle and if you are visiting Spain in June, July or August, you’ll need some respite.

entrance to a michelin star restaurant in Sagunto spain with large wooden door in the middle of a big stone wall.

The entrance to Arrels is stunning and you know you’re about to enter a magical space.

9. Dinner at Arrels

For an evening you won’t forget, make a reservation at a Michelin star restaurant Sagunto, Arrels Restaurant. 

Head chef Vicky Sevilla is, at 29 years old, the youngest Spanish chef to have received a Michelin star. Local to the Valencia region, Vicky’s food uses local, seasonal ingredients, and her recipes are based on food memories she has from growing up, elevated to new heights.

Like many Michelin-star restaurants, it is a tasting menu of either 9 or 12 courses. You can choose to have a wine pairing or share a bottle with the table instead. 

10. Explore Puerto de Sagunto

All of the things on this list from 1-9 are located in the old town of Sagunto, about 5km (3 miles) from the coast. 

But the Port of Sagunto is the new city, the area where you’ll find modern amenities, the coast, and a beautiful beach to relax on as well.

One of the main reasons to go to Puerto de Sagunto is to enjoy some local seafood and to hang out at the beach. Playa Sagunto is long, the sand is soft, and the water is mostly calm for swimming. In late summer, there can be more jellyfish present, but you’ll see flags at the lifeguard stands with jellyfish on them if they are there.

Have paella or other seafood dishes from Restaurante Don Pique or Restaurante Iñaki. Both are serving up some seriously delicious food and are a little bit away from the touristy spots along the beachfront.

You can easily get from Sagunto old town (where the train station is) to Puerto de Sagunto by bus or by taxi. The buses only run once an hour, so if you are pressed for time, you’ll definitely want to get a taxi back to the station so you don’t miss your train back to Valencia.

colorful street art of an angel painted on the side of a building.

There is some cool street art around Sagunto to check out, especially around the Jewish Quarter and main square near the City Hall building.

Where to Stay in Sagunto

If you want to spend a night or two in Sagunto so that you don’t have to rush dinner at Arrels or so that you can enjoy the quieter beaches near Sagunto, then there are a few fantastic places to rest your head. There are surprisingly few hotels in the old town, with only a few more located at the port, but there are a lot of apartment options available. These are our top recommendations.

  • Hotel Sagunto: This is the only hotel located in the old town that is worth mentioning. Located near the train station, you can easily walk everywhere in Sagunto from here and some of the rooms have stunning views of Sagunto Castle. It’s not stylish, but it’s clean, comfortable, and close to the action. Book a stay at Hotel Sagunto here.
  • Domus Amabilis: This is a stunning apartment building with three units available in an unbeatable location right near the Sagunto Castle. It is in a historical building and has been finished with period furniture that makes you feel like you are staying in a palace. Apartments start as low as €70 per night. Book a stay at Domus Amabilis here.
  • 1ere Soleil Levant: Stay right on the beach in Puerto de Sagunto in this two-bedroom apartment. The decor is a bit dated, but the views are absolutely unbeatable. The balcony looks right out at the Mediterranean and the boardwalk is just below your windows. The price starts at €100 per night depending on what time of year you are booking. Book a stay at 1ere Soleil Levant here.

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