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 speechless…
Just in two years, I´ve been to this tiny magical city at least 4 times. Morella is one of those unique places in the Spanish Province of Castellon, 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 an amazing place off the beaten path, absolutely worth visiting (especially if you plan a trip to Castellon or Valencia). Unlike its local neighbor Peñiscola(which aside from its appealing white-sand beaches was one of the “Game of Thrones” filming locations), Morella is still relatively in the shadow. Although, back in 2015 Morella won the Spanish competition to host the 25th Anniversary of Ferrero Rocher and it definitely brought a lot of media. Yet, in my opinion, it still deserves more international attention. Don´t you think so?!
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 alluring details.
The Morella Castle
For such a small town, Morella is surprisingly full of monuments and museums, revealing its magnificent historical past. Tiempo de Dinosaurios Museum, Sant Francesc Castle, Sant Miquel Towers, Sexenni Museum, La Fuente Vieja Tower – all of the following places can be visited in a day. Besides, The City Council often hosts temporarily expositions.
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 celebration 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. You can say many things about the Spanish, but one thing I know for sure – they know how to make a spectacular Fiesta. Unfortunately, I haven´t been able to see it for myself so far. Although as I enjoy visiting Morella so much, for sure I´m going to witness Sexenni one day. It´s just a matter of time.
Notes for Foodies
Like most of the Spanish cities with ancient gastronomic traditions, 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 an ancient way.
Besides, it is a great place to buy truffles (here, I should admit that 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…
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