Gandia, Valencia (ES)
Valencia is the third largest city in Spain and is known for its mild Mediterranean climate, the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències, its excellent cuisine and its festivals.
The species that can be fished in Valencia range from sea bream, dentex, bluefish and leerfish near the coast, to bluefin tuna and swordfish offshore. Depending on the season, Valencian fishermen and their visitors adapt their fishing techniques. You could spend a lifetime fishing in Valencia and never get bored.
Deep sea fishing and reef fishing: Conger eel, snapper, red porgy, jack, scorpion fish, grouper, blackspot sea bream, gilt-head bream.
Jigging: Amberjack, dentex, red scorpion fish, grouper, large snapper
Big game fishing (chumming or trolling): bluefin tuna, albacore, little tunny, swordfish, speerfish
Popping and spinfishing for bluefin tuna and little tunny.
Inshore trolling and spinfishing: bonito, jack, mackerel, frigate tuna, small bluefin tuna, barracuda, dorado (mahi mahi), seabass, bluefish, leerfish.
January & February: reef fishing and bottom fishing for conger eel, snapper, red porgy, jack, scorpion fish, grouper, blackspot sea bream, gilt-head bream. Dentex fishing is also great these months, using live squid or cuttle fish for example. Sea bass fishing close to shore, beaches and ports.
March & April: reef fishing and bottom fishing. Start of tuna fishing wth first bluefin tuna showing up at the surface. Great to fish for tuna popping and spinning.
May & June: waters are warming up fast and the fish are getting more and more active. There's dentex & amberjack with live bait fishing. Inshore trolling produces barracuda, bonito, melva. Spinfishing (casting) for tuna. Off shore trolling for albacore and bluefin tuna. reef fishing and bottom fishing.
July & August: Off shore trolling for tuna, albacore until end of July. Chumming for bluefin tuna. Inshore trolling for mackerel, horse mackerel, barracuda, bonito, frigate tuna and towards the end of August the first mahi-mahi start to show up. reef fishing and bottom fishing.
September & October: Inshore trolling for mackerel, horse mackerel, barracuda, bonito, frigate tuna, mahi-mahi. reef fishing and bottom fishing.
November & December: reef fishing and bottom fishing. Squid fishing. Dentex & amberjack fishing with live bait.
Visit the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències, with its famous futuristic structures, the planetarium, the oceanarium (the largest marine complex in Europe) and an interactive museum.
Dive into the old town of Valencia and visit the cathedral, discover the Barrio del Carmen that grew between the Muslim and Christian walls. Here there are all kinds of medieval buildings, palaces, shops and restaurants you won't be able to resist.
Valencia has miles and miles of beaches. Enjoy an authentic paella in one of the restaurants on the seafront or in the Veles e Vents in the Marina.
Take a boat trip in the Albufera Natural Park and enjoy its unforgettable sunsets. By the way, La Albufera is the place where paella was invented.
You need a fishing license to go fishing in Valencia. This is the same license for fresh water fishing and sea fishing from the shore, boat fishing, spearfishing. The authorities of the Generalitat Valenciana insist that fishing must be a hobby or an outdoor activity without being a commercial activity: selling the fish is forbidden.
The fishing charters in Valencia normally have the fishing license included in the price, so you don't need to buy one if you're chartering a boat.
You can buy a fishing license on the website of the Generalitat Valenciana.