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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 Alt Maestrat 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 Museo de la piedra en seco 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 council building and Santa María Magdalena 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, Portal de San Roque, Hospital de Caridad, Casa de los Peñarroya, the wash house and Santa Bárbara chapel, which is slightly on the outskirts of the town. You will also come across some Modernist 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 Villafranca del Cid settlement. Here you can see sights including a Gothic chapel and bridge. And if you want to distance yourself further still and explore some of the surrounding landscapes, don’t miss Barranco de la Fos, Cuevas del Forcall and Fuente del Regatxal.

The Villafranca del Cid events calendar is punctuated by a number of festivals that give you the opportunity to see the town in full celebration mode. San Roque is held in August and Virgen del Llosar takes place in September, when you can indulge in sweet pastry made with pumpkin, a local speciality. So how about it? Make your next getaway to Villafranca del Cid to enjoy history, culture and gastronomy. 


How to get here:

The CV-15, after Coll d'Ares, leads to the detour that provides access to Vilafranca.


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