Vilafranca/Villafranca del Cid
Travel back in time in a landscape defined by dry stone constructions and the odd touch of Modernism. However you enjoy spending your time, Villafranca del Cid has got experiences you’ll love.
Villafranca del Cid is a beautiful part of Els Ports in the province of Castellón. Steeped in century-old history, the town sits in a landscape defined by artisans’ work. As soon as you arrive, you will find yourself falling in love with this destination. So what are all the things you can see and do here?
What to see in Villafranca del Cid
To gain an understanding of the building method that characterises the surrounding scenery, we recommend a visit to Villafranca Dry Stone Museum where you can explore the traditional art of dry stone.
The museum is housed in the old Lonja, a 14th century building which is itself worth a visit. From here, you can continue wandering the streets of Villafranca del Cid, stopping off to gaze at the Gothic Town Hall and Santa María Magdalena Parish Church, which is a fine example of Valencian Renaissance art. The place of worship is home to great artwork and a Gothic altarpiece.
Throughout the historic centre, you will find yourself standing in front of beautiful architecture, such as the Gothic town oven, San Roque Gate, the Charity Hospital, Los Peñarroya House, the wash house and Santa Bárbara Chapel, which is just outside the town. You will also come across some Art Nouveau buildings that hark back to the industrial revolution in Villafranca del Cid.
If you’re looking to venture a little further than the town centre, then make sure you head to Puebla del Bellestar, the site of the first settlement in Villafranca del Cid. Here you can see sights including a Gothic chapel and bridge. Nature lovers won’t want to miss La Fos Gorge, El Forcall Caves and Regatxal fountain. So how about it? Start planning your visit to Villafranca del Cid.