Castelló de la Plana
Join us on a tour of this very special city that keeps the seaside spirit alive and is steeped in history, present in the ancient traditions still celebrated today.
Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Castelló de la Plana is dotted with fascinating landmarks. It’s a great city if you want to try the local Valencian cuisine, soak up some culture and visit fantastic beaches. Get ready for a city break full of traditions you’ll fall in love with.
What to see in Castelló de la Plana
There are heaps of places to visit in Castelló de la Plana; a good one to start off with is Castelló’s iconic Central Market. After tasting some typical delicacies, head to Castelló de la Plana’s Town Hall nearby, a Baroque building that dates back to the 17th and 18th century. Next on our trip around the city is Santa María la Mayor Church, also known as Santa María Co-Cathedral, which has undergone several rebuilds over the years.
“El Fadrí” bell tower serves as one of the proud symbols of Castelló de la Plana; you can’t leave the city without snapping a photo of this beautiful building that can be traced back to the 15th century. Let’s continue our tour of the historic centre and stop off at the baroque-style La Lonja del Cáñamo, the Hemp Exchange Market, and the 18th-century Episcopal Palace.
Take a pit stop in the idyllic Ribalta Park, the green heart of Castelló de la Plana, or explore what is left of the ancient Carlist Walls. The magnificent Post Office, built at the beginning of the 20th century is also a must-visit.
Nuestra Señora de Lledó Basilica, a little further away from the centre, is a striking building with centuries of history behind it. And of course, we must mention Vell Castle and Magdalena Chapel, both worth the uphill climb to visit, for the spectacular views if nothing else.
The castle ruins and the old chapel sit on top of a hill amid ancient remains visited by locals every year during Les Canyes or Las Cañas Pilgrimage, a religious procession that forms part of Magdalena Festival.
Alonso Turret, a fortified building from the 16th century situated in the outskirts, is a must-visit on your tour. And if you like delving into the culture and history of a place, you’re in luck as there are plenty of fantastic museums to explore. Check out the Fine Art Museum, the Historic Military Museum of Castelló, City Museum of Castelló - (MUCC) - or the ethnological museum. If you still have time to spare, the impressive Byzantine art collection at Transfiguració del Senyor Monastery is well worth a visit.
And finally, to round off the tour of Castelló de la Plana, relax by the sea at one of the many beaches nearby such as El Pinar beach or Gurugú beach. Spend a few hours at El Serradal beach, situated in the fishing district of the city El Grao, it possesses a unique atmosphere and lots of places to eat. Try one of the many “arrocitos” on the menu, rice dishes that are typical from the area. And last on the list of places to see are the old lighthouse and Castelló de la Plana Planetarium, an inspiring and fun place to visit with the family. Fall in love with the city and take fond memories home as your souvenir.