VALENCIA PORT AND PORT AMERICAS CUP

Valencia Port comprises the ports managed by the Valencia Port Authority, being the ports of Valencia, Sagunto and Gandía.

Valencia is Spain’s leading Mediterranean port in terms of commercial traffic, and is the best and most efficient option for maritime trade services in the south of the European Union, with connections to over 850 ports throughout the world.

Next to the modernist Edificio del Reloj (clock building) and Edificio de los Tinglados (warehouse) lies the dock where the Golondrinas (pleasure boats) leave from; these provide daily tours around the beautiful inner harbour. Also nearby are the Reales Atarazanas (Royal Dockyards), a historic and artistic monument that houses the Maritime Museum.

HISTORY

The history of the Port of Valencia began in 1483, when King Ferdinand the Catholic gave permission to Antoni Joan to build a wooden bridge on the beach end of the Grao district, called the Pont de Fusta.

From 1483 until the 19th century, various construction projects were built in the port, but because of the periodic flooding of the Turia River and the continual movements of sand on the beach the port wasn't very successful. However, traffic increased constantly and the king granted trading privileges with other kingdoms and states in 1679 and for the Americas in 1791, with Valencia becoming the sixth maritime province in Spain.

FERRY SERVICES

Balearia connect the Spanish mainland to the Balearic Islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera . www.balearia.com

Acciona Trasmediterranea is the largest ship owner for both cargo and passenger services linking the Spanish Peninsula with the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Ceuta and Melilla.

www.acciona.es

PORT AMERICAS CUP

For years, Valencia turned its back on the sea, and the waterfront and the fabulous beaches became increasingly shabby. Then the America’s Cup came to town, sparking a stunning transformation of the run-down port into a new marina city called Port America’s Cup. “The redevelopment has had an effect greater than the sum of its parts,” says Jordi Gauxa, a local journalist. “It has made the city complete.”

The Port is a city within a city. Elegant modernist designs, lush green spaces and Mediterranean waters all around make it a luxury scene to relax. There are plenty of activities, both for adults and for kids. Playgrounds, a concert stage, open-air cinema, bars and restaurants, plus a number of fascinating America's Cup related entertainment provided by the sponsors of the event: from remote-controlled America's Cup boat models and sail-driven go-carts to guided tours on futuristic electric two-wheelers and an almost authentic America's Cup sailing experience on a replica of a boat. In addition, the Port holds a hi-tech museum of America's Cup history and a collection of models. The Cup itself is displayed in the central Veles I Vents building, alongside the Luis Vuitton Cup.

After being chosen to be the Host City of the 32nd America's Cup in 2007, the first America’s Cup ever to be held in Europe, in 2010 Valencia will welcome the 33rd edition of the oldest sports trophy in the world. Valencia provides excellent sailing conditions and an extensive base created exclusively for the event.

The America’s Cup Port includes two marinas – around 750 places all together – plus a super-yacht marina in the heart of the port – 42 places.

www.marinarealjuancarlosi.com

Weather

National Meteorology Institute (www.aemet.es)

NAUTICAL SERVICES

MUNDO MARINO

Since its origins in 1994, Mundo Marino has offered a variety of nautical activities, from tourist routes with over 1000 passengers a day, 6 sales offices, sale of high quality nautical material , boat storage in Marina Seca and a Nautical workshop for maintenance and repairs on vessels. It also operates a sailing and diving school. www.mundomarino.es

ROYAL SAILING CLUB (REAL CLUB NAUTICO DE VALENCIA)

C/ Canal 91,46024 Valencia

Telf . 963 679 011

The club’s sports facilities include tennis and pelota courts, in addition to an Olympic pool and children’s pool. www.rcnauticovalencia.com

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