Sagunto & St. Joseph’s

Caves in Vall d’Uixo

– day trip –

The First Trip on the 5th October is full there is now a second trip going on:

Thursday 19th October 2017

 

Led by: Lynn Clark & Sue Popkin

The cost of this trip will include: the coach to and from Moraira, tourist train in Sagunto guided tour of castle and amphitheatre, 3 Course Lunch and a boat trip through the caves

 

Sagunto fortifications
Sagunto fortifications

sagunto map

The site of Sagunto has been inhabited for at least 3000 years, and the earliest Iberian settlers started the fortification process in the 5th century BC. The Romans greatly extended the site and added the castle and amphitheatre. Coins were minted here for the flourishing trade with the Greeks & Phoenicians

Roman teatro
Roman teatro

 

 

Since then, the Visigoths, the Moors and the Christians have all left their mark. The castle on the top of the hill and the Roman Amphitheatre were constructed in the first century AD. The castle walls measure approximately one kilometre in length.

 

 

On arrival we will take a train ride up to the castle on top of the hill where our Guide will give us a tour of the castle, amphitheatre and other remains. You will see how the Castle and the Roman Amphitheatre were constructed in the first century AD. The castle walls measure approximately one kilometre in length.

 

Roman Amphitheatre before restoration

 

 

The theatre has recently been subject to a controversial restoration, which hides a lot of the original Roman stonework, but makes it more suitable as a venue for concerts and plays. We will have a guided tour of the castle, amphitheater and other remains.

 

 

Inside Roman Museum

 

 

Following the tour, we will have our 3 course lunch at a Spanish Restaurant opposite the Roman Museum.

 

 

 

Caves of Sant Josep in Vall d’Uixo

After lunch, we will head approximately 12 miles north to the Caves of Sant Josep in Vall d’Uixo. The caves are explored by boat along an underground river.

 

 

The underground river flows through the Sant Josep Caves, which enables you to enjoy an amazing natural phenomenon. It is a magnificent example of a hydrologically active cave, where remains of Palaeolithic sites and cave paintings have been found.

 

 

 

The tour lasts approximately 40 minutes, with a boat trip of nearly one and a half miles and a walk through a dry gallery. The temperature is a constant 20 degrees throughout the year.

 

 

 

Within the grounds there is a small hermitage. There are also some modern shops, bars and entertainment facilities.

 

Cost: €45 per person

 

 

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