North of Valencia lies the small city of Villarreal, home to the 'Yellow Submarines' and Europa League winners in 2021. The city itself has a population of just 50,000 but with a stadium holding nearly 25,000 and a team consistently punching above its weight, a trip to Estadio de la Cerámica (formerly El Madrigal) is well worth the journey.
Where to stay
Valencia is an option as the train takes around an hour to get to Villarreal (written as Vila-Real in Spain), train times and costs can be found on the link below.
Villarreal itself is small and easily navigated on foot so you can't go too far wrong staying close the stadium, train station, or city centre in between the two.
How to get to Estadio de la Cerámica
If you travel from Valencia by train, the stadium is a 20 minute walk (1 mile) from Vila-Real station or a comfortable 10 minutes from the city centre.
Interestingly, the stadium is undergoing a revamp with yellow tiles covering the exterior, the stadium name changed from El Madrigal to Estadio de la Cerámica in 2017. The ceramic tile industry is the most important source of income to the area.
Where to go before a Villareal match
La Tribuna, located straight outside the stadium, is a fantastic bar to enjoy the pre-match build up.
Not to miss while you're in Villarreal
Ruta Botanica - Lovely walk through woodland and beautiful views over the countryside and river.
Plaça Major - Large square in the centre of the city.
Iglesia de San Jaime (Saint James's Church) - Close to Plaça Major, built between 1752 and 1779
Saint Paschal's Basilica - Reconstruction of the original built in the 16th century after it was destroyed during the Spanish civil war.