La Plana Baixa: Where Sea and Tradition Come Together in Castellón.
- Vila-real, Borriana/Burriana, La Vall d'Uixó, Onda, Nules, Moncofa, Almenara, Betxí, Alqueries, les /Alquerías del Niño Perdido, La Vilavella, Chilches/Xilxes, Artana, Ribesalbes, La Llosa, Alfondeguilla, Tales, Eslida, Suera/Sueras, Alcudia de Veo, Aín
La Plana Baixa is a county in Castellón with ever-changing landscapes that lies between the Mediterranean coast and the stunning Sierra de Espadán Natural Park. This enchanting area is packed full of delights. Do you want to see it in person? We have created a short guide to the county, municipality by municipality, giving you an insight into what you can see and do here. We tried to cover everything, but it’s impossible to mention every reason as to why you should visit, so take our word for it!
What to do in La Plana Baixa: municipalities in Sierra de Espadán
In municipalities Artana, Alcudia de Veo, Suera, Tales and Eslida, to name a few, the fantastic Sierra de Espadán Natural Park is right on the doorstep. Stumble across hiking trails that take you deep into the park and immerse yourself in the stunning scenery.
On our tour around La Plana Baixa, let’s start in Aín and get to know its lovely historic centre, passing old mills on the way. Next on the list is Alfondeguilla which is great for bird-watching and affords incredible views of the county. The whole area boasts an extensive network of trails and paths that never seem to end and look out for the remains of ancient buildings and fountains as you wander through the area.
Let’s stop off at Onda for a stroll around the charming historic centre, popping our heads into the formidable castle which dates back to the 10th century. This monumental fortress is also known as the Castle of the 300 towers and is open all year round. Include the old flour mill Molí de la Reixa Mansion in your itinerary of places to visit and walk across the Medieval Bridge for an exploration of Onda’s surroundings.
We’ll finish this part of the trip around La Plana Baixa in La Vall d’Uixó where a visit to the fantastic Sant Josep Caves is a must. This subterranean cave is covered in stalactites, stalagmites and home to impressive large pools of water that will leave you speechless. In fact, this cave has one of the longest underground rivers in Europe.
To finish, Sant Josep Iberian-Roman Village or the XYZ Line from the Spanish Civil War are two cultural historical sites you could visit for some jaw-dropping discoveries. The mountainous part of La Plana Baixa has so much to offer the list is endless. Come and check it out for yourself.
What to do in La Plana Baixa: municipalities on the coast
In Almenara you’ll find the peaceful wetland landscapes of Els Estanys, the Castle remains and watchtowers, which you can visit as part of an uphill hike and then head down to the coast for an afternoon at Casablanca beach. For more amazing beaches, continue exploring to Llosa, Chilches or Moncofa. You’ll eventually get to Nules where the walled town of Mascarell stands, not far from quiet beaches and stunning landscapes dotted with orange groves.
We say goodbye to La Plana Baixa’s coastline in Burriana, a town where you can have fun sailing, slip into the seaside lifestyle, explore the historic centre and go to vibrant music festivals.
La Plana Baixa’s inland charm
To end our trip around La Plana Baixa, let’s visit Betxí and admire the Palace-Castle, a stunning example of Valencian Renaissance architecture. Afterwards, a good place to head to is Ribesalbes to see the aqueduct over the Martí ravine or La Vilavella, a place where hot springs, hiking trails and an old mine will keep you busy exploring.
When in the town of Alquerías del Niño Perdido, take the opportunity to leisurely stroll around admiring the Art Nouveau buildings and old mills until you reach Vila-real. Here, in the spectacular natural setting of El Termet by river Mijares and after a meander around the historic centre, we say farewell to La Plana Baixa. Come and explore this magical region and you won’t run out of things to do nor places that will enchant you.