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Let me share these Top 10 Places to Visit in Castellon Province since this Spanish region has been my home for more than 10 years.

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Visiting Castellon

Where is Castellon

Castellon is one of the 3 provinces of the Valencia Community in Spain. The capital city of this province is also called Castellon, although sometimes you might see it as Castello or Castellon de La Plana.

Castellon neighbors with the Spanish provinces of Valencia, Alicante, Teruel, and Tarragona. It can be an easy Valencia day trip idea. Castellon is one of the top sources for my Blog Series Undiscovered Spain, even though it is literally nestled in between the very touristy Valencia and Alicante.

Also Read: The Best Day Trips From Valencia, Spain

The Province of Castellon has around 580 000 inhabitants, and it’s capital, the city of Castellon, only – 170 000. So, if you love Spanish Underrated cities and dream of exploring new off-the-beaten-track destinations in Spain, Castellon belongs on your Spain Bucket List.

What is Castellon known for

The Province of Castellon is known as one of the Top Places in Spain for Ceramic Lovers. Two of the most beautiful small towns in Spain, Morella and Peñiscola, can be found in Castellon.

The highest mountain peak of the Valencian Community, Penyagolosa, is located in Castellon. It is also one of the top hikes in Castellon.

Also, a popular beach getaway of Benicassim, where the International FIB Festival takes place, is located near Castellon.

How to get to Castellon

You can easily get to Castellon by train from all the major Spanish cities. However, the region also has a tiny airport in Benlloch, called Castellon Costa Azahar. It mostly works with budget-friendly airlines and has a few flights per week. But one of the biggest perks of Castellon airport is free parking.

Top 10 Places to Visit in Castellon (Province)

Let´s talk about all the cool places you can visit in Castellon. At the end of this post, I will leave for you a list of my blog stories about Castellon, so that you can discover even more places in the region.

1. Peñiscola

The views from the Castle of Pope Luna in Peniscola, Spain
The views from the Castle of Pope Luna in Peñiscola

Peñiscola is one of the most beautiful small towns in Spain. It has turned quite touristy over the recent years, after being picked as one of the Game of Thrones filming locations in Spain. Nevertheless, Peñiscola deserves every bit of its fame – it is absolutely one of the top places to visit in Castellon.

Rising 67m above the Mediterranean, the Peñiscola castle was a residence of Benedict XIII (Papa Luna) from 1417 to 1423. Built-in the 13th century on the remains of the Arabic fortress, El Castillo de Papa Luna is an important monument of our history that survived several époques. You can read more details in my Peñiscola post.

2. Montanejos

Top Places to Visit in CastellonMontanejos

Montanejos is a beautiful natural area that was chosen by the Arabs as a perfect leisure spot long ago. Here, they built the thermal baths.

Since 1863, locals can enjoy the Montanejos hot springs all year round, since the temperature is always around 25 ºC. Montanejos used to be a secret place, but over the recent years, it has turned into one of the top Valencia Day Trips.

3. Desierto de las Palmas

A Bird´s eye view of Desierto de Las Palmas in Benicassim, Spain
A Bird´s eye view: Desierto de Las Palmas

Desierto de Las Palmas is one of my favorite Natural Parks in the Valencian Community. It´s a great place to enjoy a few hikes with views, although the trails are not as well marked as those of the Spanish National Parks.

Desierto de Las Palmas has a beautiful lookout easy to access by car – Mirador Desierto de Las Palmas.

4. Morella

The Castle and the local white houses in Morella, Spain
Top Places to Visit in CastellonMorella

Morella is one of these unique places in Spain, which makes one gravitate back all the time. The medieval Castle and walls of Morella definitely belong on the list of the most fairytale places in Spain.

Rising 984 meters above sea level and fortified by 2 km of walls, Morella has always been of great strategic importance throughout history. Its murals have seen various civilizations – Romans, Arabs, Christians…You can read more about visiting Morella in this post.

5. Beaches of Benicassim

Playa Serradal Benicassim, Spain
Top Places to Visit in CastellonPlaya Serradal, Benicassim

Benicassim is a small city located in the province of Castellon. If you´re a festival fan, you might have actually heard of it, because of FIB or Rototom Sunsplash international festivals.

Benicassim is truly a sandy Mediterranean paradise, relatively undiscovered by international tourists. Especially, if compared to Costa Brava, Oropesa, or Benidorm. It´s one of the top lesser-known beaches in Spain.

Also Read: The Largest Palm Grove in Europe – Elche

What I love so much about this tiny city (aside from its amazing coastline, green palms, fine sands, and blue water) is that you can always find a quiet place at the beach, but at the same time in summer Benicassim is full of life: bars, clubs, restaurants, multiple activities, festivals etc. There are some really great routes for roller skating or riding a bike. It seems far away from big city life. Nevertheless, the small port area of Grao de Castellon is also nearby and this means a lot of fresh fish and seafood.

You can read more about my recent Benicassim beach getaway in this post.

6. Jardin del Papagayo, Benicarlo

Feeding birds at Jardin del Papagayo in Benicarlo, Spain
Top Places to Visit in CastellonJardin del Papagayo

Jardin del Papagayo is a beautiful park of parrots and birds. It has been one of my kids´ favorite places in Spain for years. You can read more details from my first visit to Jardin del Papagayo in this post.

7. Sant Joan de Penyagolosa

Top Places to Visit in Castellon - Sant Joan de Penyagolosa
Top Places to Visit in CastellonSant Joan de Penyagolosa

The Sant Joan de Penyagolosa Mount is the highest peak (1,814 meters) of the Valencian Community and the heart of the Penyagolosa Natural Park.

It is actually quite a hike through the woods (mostly pinewoods) all the way to the top (approx. 4.30-5h). Years ago you could leave your car halfway through and now the road to Penyagolosa Peak is restricted. The parking area is in the small village of Sant Joan de Penyagolosa. Still, it´s one of the most unique hikes to do in the Province of Castellon.

8. Fanzara

The graffiti streets of Fanzara in Castellon, Spain
One of the secret places to visit in Castellon – Fanzara

This tiny secret village of Fanzara is one of the most colorful places in Spain.

Home to more or less 300 people, Fanzara was about to make it to the list of Spain’s dying villages until its streets were converted into an open-air Museum. Around 15 graffiti artists were invited by the young generation of locals to transform the village. Thanks to their amazing works the small village gained its unique identity and became an ultimate stop for the art lovers of the region.

You can check more details from my visit to Fanzara in this post.

9. The Millenary Olive Trees of Canet lo Roig

Millenary Olive Trees in Canet lo Roig, Castellon, Spain
2000-year-old Olive Trees in Canet lo Roig 

If you love otherworldly landscapes in Spain, do not miss the millenary olive trees in the small town of Canet lo Roig.

Some of these giants have been present in the region since the times of the Roman Empire, for more than 2000 years old. You can check more details about my visit to Canet Lo Roig in this post.

10. The Jump of the Bride Waterfall

A waterfall in Navajas, near Valencia, Spain
60m-high waterfall in Navajas

If you enjoy Mysterious places in Spain and Unique Spanish Legends, do not miss the waterfall Salto de Novia in the small town of Navajas. The name can be translated to English as The Jump of the Bride. This  60m-high waterfall is known for its creepy old legend. Check this post to learn the details.

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