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Why You Should Visit Castellón Spain

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Castellón is a province in the north of Valencia, Spain. A popular tourist destination for the Spanish, it is often overlooked by those of other nationalities but it shouldn’t be. I visited Peñíscola, Morella, and Benicàssim, on a recent trip and was amazed by the wealth of activities on offer here. This is why you need to visit the Castellón area of Spain.

For The Beaches

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Benicàssim

This area of Spain is known for over 120km of coastline, 16 coastal towns, the many fine sandy beaches, and safe waters. Try water sports including sailing, scuba diving or kayaking or relax on one of the many beaches.
In Peñíscola, the 8km long North Beach is a firm family favourite. Take a boat from Peñíscola to visit the Sierra De Irta Nature Park, a marine and land nature reserve declared a protected area in 2002. Surrounded by mountains this is a fabulous area for walking, bird watching and cycling and is relatively undiscovered.

Spanish Villa

Playa Almadrava

In Benicàssim known for its music festival, the 6km of clean sandy beaches are really the stars. Enjoy a game of volley ball along Voramar Beach, or stroll by the villas on the Playa Almadrava to see how the other half live, and watch out for the spot where Ernest Hemingway stayed whilst in town.

For The History

Peniscola

Peniscola

Steeped in history Peñíscola is where sea and mountain meet. A visit here is a must to see Papa Luna’s castle high up on the mountain. To get here following the winding cobbled streets with an old world charm, passing by local shops selling handicrafts, cute little cafes with people chatting and tiny atmospheric bars. A filming location for the classic film El Cid and the 6th series of Game of Thrones, it’s a must see for history buffs everywhere.

Morella

Morella

Or visit the charming town of Morella, named by Conde Nast Traveller as one of Valencia’s top towns. Admire the gothic architecture, and visit the castle of Morella, St Marys Church, and St Francis convent. Dinosaur remains were found near by so the Time Of Dinosaurs’ Museum is worth visiting to see the fossils and full-size reproductions of dinosaurs.

For The Food

Paella

Paella at Mas Dels Doblons

Paella is the classic rice dish thought to originate from the Valencia area, so do try this tasty one pot meal while you are here. I recommend a trip to Mas Dels Doblons, a museum of Spanish living and culture to see how it is traditionally made. The labourers used to make the dish with whatever they had to hand, and what was on the land – rabbit, chicken, rice, green and white beans and snails as well as saffron. No seafood was used as this is a modern addition. An incredibly interesting place, we visited with an English speaking guide from Reser Tours.

Sausages

Casa Guimera

Morella, perched on the top of a hill is known for its amazing truffles. In the day browse the artisan shops selling handmade soaps, locally produced honey, and gourmet sausages and by night eat at the restaurant at Hotel Cardenal Ram. With a menu serving local succulent lamb, pasta with truffles and traditional desserts, it’s the place to go for excellent food.

Prawns

Seafood at Puerto Mar

A post on Valencia cannot be written without discussing the amazing seafood. Being on the Mediterranean sea, treat yourself to a plate of delicious prawns, the freshest mackerel or red mullet you will find anywhere or something more unusual like razor clams or octopus. One thing is certain Valencia has some of the best seafood in the world.

So these are my top reasons to visit Castellón. Tell me would you visit this area? Do you like Spain?

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* I was a guest of Castellon Tourism

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21 Comments

  • Reply
    Info Xilxes
    September 11, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Thanks for sharing this post about Castellón! There are also other places in the province that are not very known as Benicàssim, Peñíscola or Morella, but worth to visit. Check out as example Montanejos, the caves of Sant Josep in La Vall d’Uixó (longest underground navigable river of Europe) or the south coast of Castellón.

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      Mr and Mrs W
      September 17, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      Thanks for the extra tips, this is a new region to us but we will definitely be going back to explore further.

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    Heather Cowper
    September 12, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Great thoughts Mel – I loved exploring the historic corners that I’d not known about before like Morella and of course diving Paella

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      Mr and Mrs W
      September 18, 2017 at 10:31 am

      I also find if I have little expectations I enjoy a place more!

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    Jane
    September 12, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    The rain is battering down against my window here at home so I think I’d have to add “for the glorious weather!”.

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      Mr and Mrs W
      September 17, 2017 at 3:26 pm

      Yes, the glorious weather is another good reason.

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    Danijela WorldGlimpses
    September 16, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Old world charm and local shops… Sign me up! 🙂
    Didn’t know that there are so many things to see and do there. In my opinion, one can never go wrong with Spain, it’s always a good idea do go and visit. Still, I like when I read something like this, something I don’t often hear about. Thanks, I’ve enjoyed it!

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      Mr and Mrs W
      September 17, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      Despite being really popular with UK visitors for so long there are still undiscovered regions of Spain to explore.

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    Linda
    September 16, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    I only recently heard about Peniscola, and Marella sounds charming. The paella from Mas Del Doblons looks delicious.

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      Mr and Mrs W
      September 17, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      It tasted as good as it looked too.

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    Tom
    September 17, 2017 at 11:37 am

    This area looks great! Especially the food looks very delicious. I’d love to go to the museum and find out more about their culture. I never knew that Paella was originally made without seafood! Thank you for introducing us to this great part of Spain 🙂

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      Mr and Mrs W
      September 17, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      You get a different perspective and learn a few new things when you visit a place that is popular with the Spanish and not just catering for us Brits.

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    Lucy - Travel Textbook
    September 17, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Spain is such a gorgeous country! Loving this post 🙂

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      Mr and Mrs W
      September 17, 2017 at 3:31 pm

      It is a beautiful place and so easy to get to.

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    Kate
    September 18, 2017 at 4:54 am

    It looks wonderful. I had heard of Valencia, but not of the other towns and cities in this region of Spain. I think the main draw for me would be the paella. It looks phenomenal in that giant pan!

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    Drew
    September 19, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    I didn’t know about so many interesting areas around Valencia. Obviously the coastline is beautiful, but the food looks so amazing. Traditional paella, local seafood, local truffles. You have me sold!

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    Suruchi
    September 19, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Castellón looks quite attractive. That castle on the mountaintop might be a gem of the place. Food too is quite tempting. So, agree with you it is a must visit while traveling to Spain.

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    Elisa
    September 19, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    I never heard anything good about Castellón in terms of tourism because in Spain we consider it a bad example of how mass tourism can totally destroy an area. So I read your post with curiosity. In the end I think I would enjoy a good paella like that one on the picture, some seafood and of course, the sun!

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    Meg Jerrard
    September 20, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Thanks for the heads up on Castellón – sounds like quite the hidden gem. I love visiting undiscovered parts of a country, because they’re always the most authentic. Sounds like some great beaches, thanks for the tip on Sierra De Irta Nature Park. And the architecture is really interesting – definitely old world charm, and I can see why Game of Thrones would have found it fitting to film – looks super authentic!

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    Anna Johnston
    September 20, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    YARM… food and travel go hand in hand for me, I love experiencing a place through the food. That Paella with rabbit, chicken, rice, green and white beans and snails sounds the goods, I haven’t ever eaten Paella without seafood, so would be interested to taste this traditional version.

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    Emma | Ladies What Travel
    September 21, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Super round up, Mel. It was great to visit an undiscovered corner of Spain (well, undiscovered by UK tourists, anyway!). Hope to go back one day to explore further!

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