Segunto – 25 min from Valencia

25 minutes outside of Valencia lies this amazing ruin looming above the town of Sagunto. A sprawling complex, you can easily spend 2 hours here climbing up and down steps over 2000 years old. The views of Valencia and the Med are fantastic. The place is beautiful. And… it’s FREE! An easy day with the family, you can bring a piknic and spend the entire day.

Hours: Tues – Sat 1000-2000; Sun and holidays 1000-1400

Cost: free

Kid friendly: Yes. This is a place where kids can run and play (with supervision). The ruins are wide open with many old windows and doorways for kids to climb through and play peek a boo or hide and seek. A great place to run. There are; however, several places along the edge where the mountain drops off behind the wall and there are no fences of rails to stop someone from falling. This ruin is fantastic for kids as long as they are being watched and in certain areas. There are a couple places where you will have to keep a close eye on them.

Dog friendly: Dogs are permitted on leashes.

Tours: There were no tours available when we went, but if you are with a large group, tours are available by contacting the museum staff at the bottom of the hill.

Other stuff to see/do: Roman ampitheater, museum, cute pottery shop at the base of the castle hill, and the town itself is very sweet, has nice atmospheric restaurants, cute shops, and a couple nice old churches.

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“The destruction of Saguntum by the 28-year-old Carthaginian general Hannibal in 219 B.C. sparked off the second Punic War. The

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people of Saguntum had allied themselves with Rome in 221 B.C., although the town lay south of the Ebro in an area which had been recognized, under a treaty of 226 B.C. between Rome and Carthage, as falling within the Carthaginian sphere of influence. Thereupon Hannibal laid siege to the town, until, after holding out for many months, the Saguntines, in despair at receiving no effective assistance from Rome, set fire to the town and burned themselves to death. When Hannibal crossed the Ebro and headed for Italy, however, the Romans took action and in 214 B.C. recaptured the town. The importance of the Saguntum in Roman times is demonstrated by the remains of the theater and other buildings. To the Moors, who were briefly driven out of the town by the Cid in 1099, it was known as Murbiter (from muri veteres, “old walls”), which became Muviedro. In 1874 Alfonso XII was proclaimed king here, and in 1877 the town reverted to its ancient name of Sagunto.

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