VALENCIA TOURIST PORT & CATAMARAN, AND LAS ARENAS- MALVARROSA BEACHES
Half day visit to see the tourist port and take the catamaran (duration 50 minutes) to see the facilities and bases of the participants in the last edition of the 32 America’s Cup (2007). On board, drinks (mineral water, soft drinks or wine) plus a tasting of mussels will be served.
Buildings of interest:
The Veles e Vents building, is an innovative architectural proposal by the architects David Chipperfield and Fermín Vázquez, with a surface of over 11,000 square meters, located on the banks of the canal. It was built as the centrepiece of the port with the main intention of hosting the guests and spectators for the 32nd America’s Cup. It was a privileged place to observe the preparation and departure of the boats at the start of each regatta. The building won in 2007 the prestigious European Architecture Prize LEAF Award.
The central jetty or Super-yachts, located in the inner dock, this 226 m long T-shaped space, is reserved for about 50 boats over 30 m long.
The Marina de Valencia (formerly Marina Real Juan Carlos I) was built during the last America’s Cup, it has more than 750 mooring points distributed along fixed and floating pontoons.
On this catamaran ride, you will also be able to see the famous beaches of Las Arenas and Malvarrosa, with their traditional restaurants.
We will also see part of what was the Formula 1 urban circuit that ran along the bases of the America’s Cup, a swing bridge (over the new channel) and reached the Nazareth neighborhood (this circuit had 5.5 kilometers long).
You will also be able to see some of the historical buildings such as the Maritime Station or Clock Building, which was designed in 1910 and was born with a highly humanitarian purpose, which is to prevent the poor emigrants from sleeping in the open air; The Haus- Museum de Blasco Ibánez, on the Malvarrosa beach, where the famous Valencian novelist, inaugurated his house in 1902; the Reales Atarazanas, originally built in s. XIV century, as shipyard and warehouse for naval utensils, which currently houses temporary exhibitions; the old Spa of Las Arenas, today Hotel Las Arenas, which at the beginning of the century was the meeting point of the Valencian aristocracy during the summer, or the Church Santa María del Mar built between 1683 and 1763 on the site of a Romanesque church, and whose origins date back to the first moments of the reconquest of King Jaime I the conqueror …
After the visit to the port, we will make a panoramic view of the City of Arts and Sciences, stopping to see the entire architectural complex of Santiago Calatrava.