PORT AMERICA'S CUP
A GREAT DAY OUT FOR ALL THE FAMILY
- WIND OR NO WIND!
If you are undecided about visiting the America's Cup here in Valencia because:-
A/ You don't know the first thing about boats,
B/ There still isn't any wind and you think you'll be bored.
Then think again. There is so much to do!
The Port America's cup is a lovely place to spend a day.
Here are thisisvalencia's top tips for a great day (or two) out at Port America's Cup
Spot the sailors by looking out for the crow's feet around the eyes, years of looking up at the sails! Look out for famous faces, lots of teams and the America's Cup organisers have invited the rich and famous to watch this incredible event.
Eat and Drink!
There are 22 bars and restaurants serving all manner of well priced food and drink. From Japanese to Italian, to Ice cream, to modern Mediterranean all in great surroundings and with great views of the harbour and marina
Look at the Superyachts!
There are all manner of luxury yachts arriving, hanging around, or setting sail for the day. Beautiful boats, immaculately kept and wonderful to look at.
Look at the Racing Yachts!
There are 17 yachts entered by the twelve teams and they are all on display - either in dry dock, being prepared or in the water.
Take a close look at the America's Cup!
It is on display in the wonderful Veles y Vents Building, it is a beautiful piece and you can stand so close to it that you can read all the previous winners names engraved all over it.
Take a Water Taxi!
The queues are long at some times of the day but you can cross the harbour on a free water taxi (aquabus). It is about a ten minute ride and great fun.
Take a Mini (Dotto) Train!
A really nice 15 minute ride from one side of the harbour to the other past all the Team Houses, and it's free!
Ride in a Balloon
A ten minute tethered ride to 150 metres to admire the view is only 6 euros - 10 euros when the regattas are on. You get a fabulous view all round of the Harbour, the beach and sea, the Science Park and the city.
Ride a bike!
Bikes are available for hire at the main entrance at very reasonable prices. No queuing for the train or water taxi.
Take a boat!
All day on a comfortable boat watching the races and lunch and all drinks thrown in is excellent value at just 95euros a head. Shorter trips are available on similar boats and Catamarans from around 12 euros
Enjoy the views-2!
Head on down to the China Team house and up on to their roof, there are great views and you can also watch the team working behind the scenes.
Watch the racing in comfort!
Just behind the China Team house is a 'tinglado' hanger with settees and a bar and a huge screen showing the racing live. On the other side of the port there is a screen on the sea side of the Veles y Vents building.
Take a walk!
Everywhere is accessible on foot. You can walk the whole harbour and stop here and there to shop, chat, gawk, or eat and drink
Take in the History.
Not only is there a fantastic exhibition of the history of the America's cup with wonderful models of many of the winning boats over the years, but there are also the delightful art nouveau 'tinglados' or hangers, with their beautiful mosaics and sculptural friezes.
There are the official America's Cup stores selling merchandise and each of the team houses have shops of their own. We particularly like the America's Cup Towels with the Mariscal Designed Logos.
Watch a Light Show!
Every sailing night there is a spectacular megawatt light show on the Veles y Vents building.
Let the Children Play!
There is a children's play area in the park close to the Veles y Vents area and there are previous boats to look at here too. Bigger kids can have a go at being a grinder on the Alinghi Experience boat, just by their House.
Worried about getting there?
there are regular buses, the Metro/tram (line 5) from the city centre and soon also from the Airport. Bus Tickets are cheap(1.15 euros each way) , but even cheaper if you by a Bonobus from Estanques (tobacco shops or Paper shops) or El Corte Ingles - only 5.75 euros for ten rides. If you prefer a taxi, from the city centre will cost you around 6 euros
What else can you do?
Just north along from the Port is the wonderful Malvarrosa beach, miles of clean sand perfect for catching the rays and perfect views of the north course. A bus to El Saler will take you to the sand dunes and beaches for the south course.
And then of course there is the city of Valencia......absolutely not to be missed.