A city behind medieval walls, Morella – one of the most beautiful places in Spain. As you approach the city by car – the scenic views of Morella Castle on the top of the mountain leave you speachless…
In these recent years I´ve been to this tiny magical city at least 4 times. Morella is one of these unique places in Spain, filled with history and old charm, which makes you coming back again and again. Therefore, I´m happy to include Morella into my Blog Series: Undiscovered Spain. The Morella Castle is one of these amazing places off the beaten path, absolutely worth visiting.
Rising 984 meters above sea level and fortified by 2 km of walls, Morella has always been of great strategical importance through the history. Its murals have seen various civilizations – romans, arabs, christians… I guess, all these cultural influences have given Morella its uniqueness. Gothic buildings, handicrafts, artisans and antiques – the streets of Morella are full of history and old charm.
The Morella Castle
Morella is full of monuments and museums, revealing its magnificent historical past. The Morella Castle looks amazing from the distance, but basically, the only remains are the murals themselves. For an extra fee you could go all the way to the top and get some panoramic views.
Another famous fact about the city is Sexenni, a local celabration taking place every 6 years. From the pictures I saw all over the internet it looks stunning – the city gets covered with flowers and colors and the streets – full of music and dances.
Morella is a great place for gourmets. Aside from various really good restaurants, Morella´s bakeries are famous for its traditional pastries and sweets, like “flaons” and “mantecadas”. All prepared in the ancient way.
It is a great place to buy truffles. Moreover, I should admit – every time I visit Morella, I´m never leaving without a local truffle cheese.
One of the most delicious gastronomic inventions I´ve tried in one of the local restaurants: a cod with an apple alioli sauce.
One of a few shops with local products. Every time I travel to Morella I always buy truffle cheese and honey…