What to see in the province of Castellón in five days
- Vinaròs, Alcalà de Xivert, Culla, Peníscola/Peñíscola, Torreblanca, Morella, Forcall, Ares del Maestrat, Orpesa/Oropesa del Mar, Benicàssim/Benicasim, Vilafamés, Montanejos, Navajas, Castelló de la Plana
Wherever you look in the province of Castellón, you will find destinations that will take your breath away. We want you to make the very most of your time in the area, so we thought we’d put together a five-day itinerary of the best there is to see and do. From the coastline and inland to towns, cities and villages, there is something for every taste and mood.
What to see in the province of Castellón in five days
Days 1 and 2: northern Castellón
We are kickstarting our itinerary for the province of Castellón with two incredible days on the northern coast. There are plenty of destinations to explore in the area and no shortage of ways to enjoy your time.
We shall start in Vinaròs, a seaside destination defined by its paradise coves, historic centre and delicious gastronomy. Spend your time here gazing at beautiful views and breathing in sunsets from Paseo de Ribera, a walk lining the coastline that will take you to the cliffs. And don’t forget to sample the town’s most famous delicacy: langoustine. They’re some of the best you’ll ever taste.
Alcalà de Xivert/Alcossebre is another beautiful destination. Nestled between the coast and the mountains, its unique positioning promises the best of both worlds: hiking through the Sierra de Irta mountainscape and lounging on wild beaches and coves, such as Cala Mundina and Cala Ribamar.
If you’re in the mood for the inland, you won’t regret making a trip to Culla. Breathing history, tradition and culture, the village’s cobbled streets distil the peace and tranquillity that reign in l’Alt Maestrat county. You won’t be surprised to learn that it is known as one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. But beyond beauty, it has history. Discover the destination’s connection with the Knights Templar in the historic castle.
Peñíscola is a beautiful town and an absolute must-visit. The image of Castillo del Papa Luna jutting out into the sparkling seas of the Mediterranean will stay with you for a lifetime. Take a stroll through the winding streets of the historic centre and then while away the hours at dreamy beaches and coves. What more could you possibly ask for?
Our final destination in northern province of Castellón is Torreblanca. With its sun, sea and sand, the town has become a popular spot among tourists. The pebbled coves sitting in the midst of El Prat de Cabanes-Torreblanca natural park are an incredible place for snorkelling. While the streets of the town are decorated with street art that will take your breath away. Keep your eyes peeled to see some spectacular pieces.
Each of the destinations described here have their very own captivating personality. Choose one or two to visit and live the very best of the Mediterranean lifestyle.
Day 3: Els Ports, inland Castellón
No itinerary for the province of Castellón is complete without a day dedicated to the beautiful landscapes and villages of the inland. Morella, the capital of Els Ports county, enjoys an incredible reputation for its Medieval streets and impressive town walls.
It will come as no surprise that it is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. Wander through the historic centre to be transported back in time and head outside the village to do some hiking in the midst of stunning scenery. The serenity of the landscapes will soon coax you into a state of relaxation.
Another beautiful village of the inland is Forcall. Sitting in a valley at the confluence of the rivers Bergantes, Caldes and Cantavieja, the municipality paints a pretty picture. The surrounding mountains are populated by pine and kermes oak trees.
The area is best explored on foot. One route will lead you to La Consolación chapel, a quaint place of worship sitting isolated in the midst of the landscape. The village is also home to the oldest working communal oven in Europe. And that’s not all. Víctor Amela, the great writer of La hija del capitán Groc, was also born in the village. Discover all the sights connected to the author on El Groc tour.
And then there is Ares del Maestrat. Enveloped in a beautiful landscape, this pretty village has a great deal of history, art and culture to explore. Levantine cave art has been discovered in the local area, transporting you back to the dawns of time. The castle, market and La Asunción church are also well worth a visit. As are the viewing points and areas of natural beauty surrounding the municipality. If you are feeling energetic, you can climb to La Mola d’Ares, a beauty spot perching 1321m above sea level that affords spectacular views over the whole county.
Day 4: the Castellón coastline
Your next stop is Oropesa del Mar, a seaside destination separated with a cape jutting out into the sea. To the north, there are wild beaches as far as the eye can see. Idyllic spots for spearfishing and diving. While to the south, the coastline becomes more rugged and is defined by rough cliffs.
The town is connected to the neighbouring destination of Benicasim along ruta verde. This walk flanks the Mediterranean, leading you to some wild coves where you can take a dip immersed in an outstanding landscape. Benicasim is a destination famed for its culture, music and chilled vibes. The beaches are great here, as are the mountains and Desert de les Palmes natural park.
If you are keen to spend some time in the inland, head to Vilafamés. The village was a favourite destination among painters and bohemians in the 1970s and today exhibits some of their work at MACVAC, the contemporary art gallery. Pieces by Tapies, Juan Genovés and Dora Maar, among others, are on display. Vilafamès is another of the most beautiful villages in Spain. Sitting in the embrace of olive and almond groves, the municipality will win your heart with its landscapes, history and culture.
And to conclude your fourth day, make sure you stop off at Castelló de la Plana. The Mediterranean, mountains, agricultural land, history and culture come together here, creating a marvellous destination with plenty to explore. Stroll through the historic centre, take a look around museums, follow the ceramic tour and visit some points of interest, such as Santa María la Mayor co-cathedral and El Fadrí. We also recommend heading to Grao de Castelló, the port area of the city, to spend time at the beach and savour rice dishes flavoured with freshly caught fish. Up for more? You’ve still got one more day…
Day 5: the magical inland
The final day of this itinerary leads you back into inland province of Castellón, which is replete with the most magical of destinations. Montanejos, for example, is an absolutely stunning village that sits on the shores of a beautiful emerald river. The perfect place for taking refreshing dips and doing some adventure sports that will get your adrenaline pumping. Canyoning is a popular choice here, as it gets you up close with the breathtaking scenery.
Navajas is a village that will capture your imagination. A centenary elm tree welcomes you into the destination which is shrouded in myths and legends. Salto de la Novia, an impressive waterfall, has an incredible story attached to it. Come for a visit to find out everything for yourself.
Full of contrasts, enchanting destinations and beautiful naturescapes, Castellón is a province like no other. Put together the itinerary for your stay and visit everything you can. Though you’re sure to be left wanting more and keen to come back time and again.