The Province of Castellon has been my home for 8 years and I feel like I´ve collected so much information and travel tips that I just can´t keep it all for myself any longer! Most likely, I didn´t share it all before because I simply had no idea where to start… Therefore, it is impossible to fit it all in one post – but sharing the list of top things to see in Castellon is a great start, right?! And if you still want more details – the upcoming posts A Guide to The Province Castellon, The Most Beautiful Villages in Castellon and The City of Castellon, will give you a broader vision of the region and also, will help you to plan your visit much better.
Why You Should Visit Castellon
As surprising as it sounds (including the fact that Castellon´s neighboring regions are the very touristic Alicante and Valencia) – Castellon is one of the top sources for my Blog Series Undiscovered Spain. At the same time, I believe it is one of the regions with the biggest touristy potential, due to its perfect weather, stunning coastline, fair prices, and very local Spanish lifestyle.
Moreover, I feel like The Province of Castellon is a perfect match for travelers looking for a more authentic Spanish vibe or frequent visitors who´ve already seen the country´s biggest capitals and now crave to experience something slightly different or my likeminded globetrotters with a passion for places off the beaten track. Well, Castellon is your answer to all of the above!
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The Province of Castellon has around 580 000 inhabitants, while it’s capital, the city of Castellon, only – 170 000. So if besides searching for unique travel experiences, you also love avoiding crowds – place Castellon on your travel bucket! This Spanish province is for you!
What can´t you miss and where to start?! – Check the list of my favorite places in the province of Castellon:
Top 10 Places to Visit in The Province of Castellon
Peñiscola has become quite touristic in these past years. Recently, it was one of the Game of Thrones filming locations in Spain, which brought a lot of international fans to this small Spanish city. Nevertheless, Peñiscola deserves every bit of its fame – it is absolutely one of the top things to see in Castellon.
Rising 67m above the Mediterranean, the Peñiscola castle was a residence of Benedict XIII (Papa Luna) from 1417 till 1423. Built in 13 century on the remains of the Arabic fortress, “El Castillo de Papa Luna” is an important monument of our history which survived several époques… read more
Montanejos is a beautiful natural area that long ago was chosen by the Arabs as a perfect leisure spot: here they´ve built their thermal baths. Since 1863 locals could enjoy the Montanejos hot springs all year round – the temperature is always around 25 ºC.
3. Desierto de las Palmas
Desierto de Las Palmas is one of my favorite Nature Parks in Castellon. In fact, it´s impossible to include all the natural wonders, hikes and parks of the province in one post. I´ve mainly chosen Desierto de Las Palmas because of its beautiful lookout easy to access by car. Note that there is a monastery and a restaurant nearby – gorgeous views of Benicassim are everywhere. In one of the upcoming posts, I´ll share with you more detailed insights to the Castellon Province, including all the parks and hikes so that you could choose your own favorites.
Morella is one of these unique places in Spain, which makes you coming back again and again. 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 strategical importance through 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… read more
5. Beaches of 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.
Benicassim is truly a sandy Mediterranean paradise. However, here comes the best part: it is relatively undiscovered by international tourists yet. Especially, when compared to Costa Brava, Oropesa, or Benidorm.
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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 (Grao de Castellon) is also nearby and this means a lot of fresh fish and seafood.
The best beach area, in my opinion, is Playa Serradal, located between Benicassim and Grao de Castellon. It is relatively far from the Benicassim city center, there is not much space to park around and almost no apartments in the area, so it is never overcrowded. Moreover, there is a protected bird recreation area there, so it reminds more of a wild beach, rather than a public city beach. Simply, love it …
6. Jardin del Papagayo, Benicarlo
Animal and nature lovers – this is your first stop from all the things to see in Castellon! Despite my conflicted attitude towards the zoos, Jardin del Papagayo was one of my favorite discoveries in the province of Castellon. My husband adores birds and parrots, so you can imagine it was not even my idea to visit the place.
Nevertheless, to my surprise, at Jardin del Papagayo I felt like the birds were having a blast. Not only did they allow you to touch and feed them – they were fighting for this attention. By the entrance, you could buy pipes to feed them, which I was not interested in doing (ok, I was a bit afraid lol). But after a random bird shamelessly jumped on my shoulder and gave me this “where-is-my-food” look – I went back for the pipes.
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As one of the local guides explained to us: they are all grown up with people and used to interact with the zoo´s workers a lot. Moreover, as parrots are so intelligent – they recognize potential friends immediately. So, not only aren´t these birds afraid of people, they love being around humans, expect and adore their attention read more
7. Sant 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 Nature 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.
Your turn street art lovers. Ever heard of Fanzara?!
This tiny village with an amazing story behind deserves your attention. 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 to 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 become an ultimate stop for the art lovers of the region… read more
9. The Millenary Olive Trees of Canet lo Roig
How about a walk with nature! While the province of Castellon can´t compete with Asturias in terms of greenery, there are still a few awesome things to see in Castellon for nature lovers. So-called The Millenary Olive Trees route (“Ruta de
10. The Jump of the Bride Waterfall
Visit The Jump of the Bride (in Spanish “Salto de la Novia”), a 60m-high waterfall with an old local legend behind. A creepy legend, to be honest…read more