A mountain village just 10 minutes from the Mediterranean, Vilanova d’Alcolea offers the best of both worlds. Enveloped in the most spectacular landscape where almond and olive groves rub shoulders with the grape vines, the village has got wildlife, sights and traditions in abundance.
What to see in Vilanova d’Alcolea
Vilanova d’Alcolea is enveloped in one of the most beautiful naturescapes in the province of Castellón. During your time here, you can visit some stunning areas of natural beauty. One of these is Fuente del Mas de Calaf, one of the warmest natural springs in the local area, which offers a picnic area for families. There are another couple of springs to visit - Fuente de la Carrasqueta and Fuente de la Villa - in addition to Barranco de la Fuente Roja, a stunning gorge. A number of different hiking routes will lead you through nature to all of these sites.
The village itself also offers plenty to see and explore. You could take, for example, the Al Calaf tour, which will take you back in time to discover what Vilanova d’Alcolea was like in the 13th and 14th centuries. Heading back even further into the past, you can also discover Via Augusta, which passed through the village, in addition to Ildum, a Roman mansion.
Traditions are still very much alive in Vilanova d’Alcolea. Age-old local customs are showcased in festivals such as Festividad de San Antonio Abad, which starts with Hoguera de los Mayorales, a bonfire, followed by Matxà in which the local population jumps over the fires when the sun sets. Fire, a spectacular procession and San Antonio sweets thrown at the crowd come together in this yearly festival celebrated in January.
Vilanova d’Alcolea is a destination brimming with history, nature and traditions. Come to the village for a visit and enjoy every second.