What to see and visit in Castellón?
ACstellón de la Plana It is a Mediterranean city of 112 km. from coast, called CostaAzahar, because of the orange blossom and the amount of orange trees in the whole province. The city is located between the mary and the mountain range of Desert de les Palmas. It is one of the most mountainous provinces in Spain. Its main sources of wealth are ceramic tiles, agriculture (oranges and vegetables) and tourism.
Castellón de la Plana It is a city of medieval origin, which was located right next to the sea in the 13th century, to be able to favor its maritime trade.
The city of Castellón is a mixture of modernity and history, its old town is medieval with buildings such as the Plaza Mayor, Plaza de Santa Clara, Plaza de la Pescadería, of Gothic and Renaissance styles; and modernist buildings such as: Provincial Hospital, Casino, Principal Theater, Park Ribalta; and the current ones are: the Post Office and Telegraph building and the Instituto de EnseñanzaMedia Francisco Ribalta.
The city has 140,000 inhabitants and a young and modern University Campus.
Things to do or places to visit in Castellón
Take a walk: The city of Castellónno is very large and has streets full of orange trees open to the sea. The atmosphere focuses on the old town: Plaza de Santa Clara, Plaza Mayor… And its adjacent streets. Rey Don Jaime Avenue, which is packed with modern buildings and shops. Ribalta Park, the population also meets for their walks. A meeting place that serves as a meeting point for many people from Castellón is the modernist kiosk that is located in the Peace Square, next to the Main Theater. The visit to Elfadri it is a must.
Castles and Palaces in Castellón
- Sant Miquel Palace : s. XV. Located between the Lonja and the Plaza Mayor. To highlight the carved voussoirs of its main door.
- Town hall: 18th century Tuscan style, important are its arcades and windows. Inside are sculptures by Vicianoy Benlliure; and paintings by Oliet, Foz, Puig Roda, Pocar, Domènech.
- The Fadri: It is a bell tower from the 16th century, with an octagonal floor plan of 58 meters. high.It is the symbol of the city.It is located between the Cathedral and the Abbey House. This bell tower not only announces the hours, but also announces the events of the city.
Cathedrals and Churches in Castellón
- The With Cathedral of Santa María de laAsunción: s. XIII and rebuilt in the s. XIV.Gothic style. During the war it was demolished and rebuilt again in 1940 (still unfinished). Original objects are preserved such as: 17th-19th centuries: carvings, processional crosses and canvases by Oliet and Ribalta.
- Basilica of Santa María de Lladó: built on an old chapel where the Virgin was found in the 14th century (since 1922 Patroness of the city). It was reformed over time: yes. XVI, 18th century. Apart from the Virgin, it houses objects from the 17th to 18th centuries such as: cloaks, canvases and goldsmiths.
- San Miguel's Church: s. XVIII. Its interior is of baroque style. It is used for historical and ethnographic exhibits.
- Convent of the Capuchinas: s. XVIII: it houses works by Zurbarán and sculptures from the 17th-18th centuries
- Convent of SanAgustín Church: baroque facade. There are frescoes on the dome of José Vergara. In the Chapels there are paintings by Oliet.
Museums of Castellón
- Museum of Fine Arts: located in a building from the s. Opened in 1980. Divided into 4 sections: Archeology: remains from the Paleolithic province to the Middle Ages; Ceramics: it is the most important 1000 specimens from Onda, Riebesalbes, Alcora factories and contributions from Manises, Painting: Ribera, Romero de Torres, Rodrigo de Osona, Sorolla…; Sculpture: Adsuana, Viciano, Gandarias, Benllieure.
- Ethnological Museum: Inaugurated in 1983, it houses old tools of the various trades: weavers, blacksmiths, shoemakers…; tools and clothing.
- Municipal Ethnological Museum of Fadrell: located in the middle of the orchard, next to the Hermitage of Sant Jaume delFadrell s. It houses the largest rural and manners collection in the province.
- Museum of the Co-Cathedral of Santa María de laAsunción: crafts of different times and styles. Works by Joan deReixach and Nicolau Falcó.
Relevant Buildings of Castellón
- La Lonja or Lonja del Hemp: s. XVII by Francisco Galiansa. To highlight 4 exterior arcades, facing the street, with pilasters.
- The casino: of modernist style. Built in1922.
- The Main Theater: late 19th century, neoclassical style. It houses paintings by Pedro Ferrer and Francisco Pérez Olmos. It has a capacity for 1500 people. It is located in the Plaza de la Paz, in the center, next to the modernist kiosk.
- House of the Orfens (house of orphans): s. XIX, founded by Bishop José Climent.
- The Planetarium: It is the last contribution of the city to cultural life. It houses permanent exhibitions and projections of the celestial vault.
- Santa Clara Square: It is a square open to the market square. In it, there is a modern sculpture by Llorenç Poy, which refers to Castellón and has modern-style arcades that surround the square.
Castellón Parks and Gardens
- Ribalta Park: s. XX. Located next to the Station. It is the meeting place and walk for many Castellón. In it there are many varieties of plants.During the Magdalena festivities, there Crafts Fair Alternative.
- Geological Gardens Royo Gómez.
- Botanical Garden Calduch
The sports that can be practiced in Castellón de la Plana are:
- Sea: the maritime sports that can be done on all its beaches are: sailing, fishing, windsurfing, scuba diving; There are nautical clubs in the capital and in the most important fishing villages
- Air: at the Pinar aerodrome you can do: fly-over or light plane; ;
- Golf: there are three Golf Courses, 2 in Castellón and 1 in Borriol.
- Horse riding.
Restaurants in Castellón
Advice on the gastronomy of Castellón: they make very good tapas and especially in the Plaza de Santa Clara and the neighboring streets, it is full of bars where they prepare them very well and there is a lot of atmosphere.Then there is the area of the GRAO in the port, there are the best restaurants, as well as bars or tascasmore simple where to eat.
Restaurants in the province of Castellón:
- Jaime House in Peñiscola (964 480 030) creative and seafood cuisine;
- Pocho House in Vinarós (964 451 095) seafood cuisine;
- The lighthouse de Vinarós (964 456 362) innovative and creative cuisine;
- Can Roig in Alcaláde Xivert (964 412 515);
- Inn of the Vila in Forcall (964 17 11 25) traditional cuisine;
- Roque House in Morella (964 16 03 36) traditional cuisine;
- The Prawn of Oror in Vinarós (964 45 12 04)
Restaurants in the center of Castellón:
- Penalen (964 234 131) Mediterranean and Basque-Navarre cuisine;
- Raphael in El Grao (964 281 626) seafood and traditional cuisine);
- Tasca del Puerto in El Grao (964 284 481) traditional and seafood cuisine;
- Pairal (964233 404) seafood cuisine.
Its cuisine is based on fish and rice, as in the rest of the provinces and cities of the Levant. Prawns, sea dates, espardenyes, coastal galeras, sardines and anchovies are very good and well-known.
The most typical dishes They are: grilled fish and seafood, seafood, fish and seafood zarzuelas, rice dishes and seafood paellas, mixed, arroz a banda, chicken and rabbit rice, El Tombet del Maestrazgo (broth or stew). Typical desserts are: rollets d'anis (aniseed donuts), lascocas de pansas i nous (kind of sweet raisin and walnut pizzas), almonds with honey. And the star of the desserts is the orange.
Caps: There are a lot of bars and restaurants that prepare them very well in the Plaza de Santa Clara and the adjacent streets. Here, as in Alicante, salted fish are eaten, which are mojama, tuna roe, tuna loin,… salted.
There is a great difference between the coastal regions and those of the interior. Coastal towns have good beaches (Costa del Azahar), very clean and well equipped, marinas and attractive sports and hotel facilities, to satisfy the needs of tourism. Its beaches and its climate (17º on average all year round), make it a good option to spend a pleasant vacation. Its best known beaches: Benicassim, Peñíscala, Vinarós, Oropesa de Mar, Benicarló) .Its interior is very different, suclima It is continental and only some regions are taking off as far as rural tourism is concerned (Morella, Segorbe, Benasal).
Towns and Regions of Castellón
Els Ports region: Inside.
- Forcall: Pl.Mayor 16th century, Asuncións Church. XIV. Escalotes Palace.
- Morella: medieval and walled city. BasilicaSt. Maria la Mayirs. Truffles. Rural tourism. Morella Very good restaurants.
- The Maestrazgo de SanMateo: rural tourism.
Region of La Plana Alta (PlanaAlta): coast.
- Castellón dela Plana: capital.
- Benicassim: beach atmosphere and family tradition, nightlife in Castellón.
- Oropesa de Mar: beach friendly. Nautical port.
- Vilafamés: medieval city. Casa Batles.XV. Contemporary Art Museum. PhotosVilafamés.
- Borriol: Roman villa remains. Via Augusta. Prehistoric sites. Golf course.
Comarcade L'Alt Maestrat (High Mastership)
inside. Farming. Textile industry
- Ares del Maestre: Remigia Cave: cave paintings. Iberian castle remains. Roman walled city, then Muslim.
- Villafranca del Cid: Important Medieval-Gothic Monumental Heritage s. XIII.Restos walled city s. XIV.
Benassal: walled city s. Caves of the Barranco de la Valltorta: cave paintings (UNESCO: World Heritage 1998). Rural tourism.
La Plana Baixa region (PlanaBaja): coast.
- Burriana: Museum of the Orange. Church El Salvador 13th century, Gothic.
- Vall d'Uixó: San José Caves. Old helmet: Monumental Heritage of 1st. Order: Arab-medieval.
- Vila-Real: ceramic tile, agriculture.
- Moncofar: beach friendly. Naturall'Estanyol area (fauna and flora reserve)
- Wave: Ind.Tile. Medieval city remains. XIII. Iberian settlement remains. VI to I a.J.C. and Arabs.
- Ribesaltes: ceramic tile industry, Arab tradition.
El Baix Maestrat region (Bajo Maestrazgo): coastal.
- Alcossebre: Beach environment.
- Benicarló: fishing village.
- Peniscola: Castle of Papa Luna s. XIII.Beach with a lot of atmosphere. Medieval walled city.
- Vinarós: fishing village: prawns.
- Alcala de Xivert
Region of l'Alt Palencia: inside.
- Segorbe: known as the Fiesta "Entrada deToros", bulls and horsemen. Declared of Tourist Interest 1985.
- Caudiel: picturesque town. Iberian Roman remains: Mill Tower.
- L'Alcalaten: inside.
- Alcora: Calvariode l'Alcora and its Hermitage 16th-17th centuries Ceramics.
- Lucena del Cid: These times of the Iberian bronze. Cmedieval shipyard
L'Alt Millars region (Alto Mijares): interior.
- Fountain the Queen
- Montanejos: Moorish town. Spa. Rural tourism.
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