Thermal ludic center MARINA D´OR
If you have a day to spare during your trip to Castellon, you might probably want to get to a place called Oropesa, which is in the province of Castellon, about a 40 kilometres north of Castellon, to a place called Marina D´Or. This is a holiday complex which hosts the world’s largest scientific sea water thermal ludic centre. To say it in a few words it is a sea water spa.
Once you get into the spa area you will find a huge pool apart from many other smaller pools with different types of massage jets, hydro massage beds and even with different types of waters. There is one pool with water from the Dead sea ( well I suppose it is water with a very high density of salt in ) which will make you float even if you do not know how to swim, a brand new experience for those of us who have not been to the dead sea.
Apart from the pools you have other areas on a different floor with Turkish steam baths, saunas etc., etc., a great experience to enjoy with members of all ages of the family. Your ticket allows you to be in there for 3 full hours of fun.
The full complex of this fun city has hotels, restaurants, play areas for children so be sure that you are going to have a lot of fun. The cost for 3 hours for adults is 33 Euros ( 2009 ) and 26 Euros for children between 5 and 12 years. There is another area with specialized treatments which cost extra.
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Climb the "Bachelor"
The bell tower of the co-cathedral church is an exent construction and, for this reason, it is known among locals as the Bachelor (El Fadrí). Moreover, the property of the tower belongs to the municipality and not to the church.
The construction started in the late XVI century in a late Gothic-Renaissance style and lasted until well into the XVIII century. Since it was completed, it has hosted a prison and the residence of the bell-keeper.
Today, at 57 meters, it is no longer the tallest building in town, but due to its central location, it is still worth to climb the few steps and enjoy the view.
CATHEDRAL OF CASTELLON
The cathedral of Castellon was initially constructed as a Gothic church towards the end of the 13th century. After a fire burnt down practically the full structure which was badly damaged it was reconstructed in the 15th century and the works ended in the year 1549. It was once again demolished during the Spanish civil war and again reconstructed after 1939 by the architects of the Traver family as a new building with neo gothic forms which were taken from the remains of the previous gothic forms that were saved after so many constructions, reconstructions, fires and demolitions.
This is a building that has survived many chapters of history and well worth visiting.
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THE PLANETARIUM OF CASTELLON
The planetarium is a place where the children as well as adults can enjoy discover and have a nice time together. The children specially will be able to understand the universe and the physical phenomena that surround us.
From here they will also be able to see and know the nearby Islands of Columbretes without going out of the Planetarium. The Universe, the solar system, the planets and the bright night sky can all be seen by some spectacular projections.
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Wander around Knights Street
Knights Street (Carrer Cavallers) is one of the most charming corners of Castelló. The main artery in the city's pedestrian area, it is lined with orange trees and old buildings, among which the old Hemp Exchange (Llotja del Cànem) will draw your attention, a XVII century construction whose name reflects the importance that the trade of this plant used to have in the region.
When a Streetlamp becomes an Attraction
This streetlamp is another of the landmarks of Castelló and the entire square street is named after it. It is a quite elaborate one and, actually, the square is one of the most pleasant in town, lined with beautiful Art Nouveau buildings.
It stands exactly on the place where Our Lay of the Lledó was crowned and it is the main gate to the romantic Ribalta Park, the city's largest public garden.
Visit the Post Office Building
The Post Office Building, located between Tetuan Square and King James I Avenue is an interesting example of the Mudéjar revival style of architecture which was fashionable in Spain in the beginning of the XX century.
History in Ceramics
In the Plaza Na Violant, on the back side of the adjacent church, there are two long walls of storyboard ceramics. These eloquently tell the history leading to today's Castillon.
There are portraits of past royalty, showing the crowns merging and the coats of arms of the families. Some of the panels show important events and ideas.
Being an outdoor wall, in a public space, it is open 24hr a day for free. It takes as much time as you wish to peruse.
Chill out on Peace Square
Peace Square is one of the most central in Castelló and the gateway to Main Street (Carrer Major) and all its stores. It is lined with cafés, the city's Neo-classical theater and an Art Nouveau Kiosk.
King James I
King James I the Conqueror set the Kingdom of Valence free from the unfaithful oppresion of the Saracenes and annexed it to the Crown of Aragon. It is one of the key figures in the history of the city and his statue occupies a most central position, near the broadest avenue, which also happens to bear his name.
Feel the pulse of the city
The Main Square (Plaça Major) is the real heart of the city and its most interesting sight, as it congregates some of Castelló's main buildings: the Central Market, the City Hall and the Co-Cathedral Church of Saint Mary.
This picture shows the Barroque building of the City Hall, a work of the XVII-XVIII centuries.
Visit the Co-Cathedral Church
The Co-cathedral of Saint Mary is an early Gothic building that has suffered a trroubled history: it had to be rebuilt after a devastating fire in the XIV century and it was seriously damaged during the Spanish civil war. Reconstruction works started in 1940 and were only completed a few years ago. The extent bell tower is one of the landmarks of Castelló.
Plaza Santa Clara and Llorens Poy's Monument
The heart of the city was focused on the markets in the old quarter. Originally having lots of local produce, one of the main commodities was hemp and fabrics (see over at the Llotja del Camen).
The Plaza Santa Clara was the original site of a convent by the same namesake which was also the first hospital in the city.
Today, the plaza serves as a meeting place for much of the social gatherings. There are cafes and bars along its perimeters and always people milling about.
In the center of this plaza, is a modern sculpture by Llorens Poy. It it a tribute to the stories and roots of the city, its people and the area.
Windowshopping around Sun's Gate
This virtual tour of Castelló starts in the Square known as Sun's Gate (Puerta del Sol), one of the most vibrant parts of the city, crossroads of some of the most important commecial axes. Alongsinde with banks and office buildings, the most outstanding building in this early XX century architectural ensemble is the Old Casino, hosted in an urban petit palais, that has traditionally played a significant role in the social and cultural life of Castelló.
Weird Scupltures Abound
Weird sculptures have found their way into the small residential plazas in Castellón. There are several that we saw as we walked around and they all somehow managed to one-up the one before it.
There were no placards or signs explaining the sculptures, but some also have water flowing as a fountain. If the weather is nice, children will most likely be playing around the area.
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