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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
We circled the city trying to find a decent hotel close to the center. No matter what angle we...more
Pintor Oliet 3, Castellon de la Plana, Castellon Province, 12006, Spain
Good for: Solo
Ronda Mijares 86, Castellon de la Plana, Castellon Province, 12002, Spain
Good for: Families
Like in the rest of the Valencia Region, rice is the star of the cuisine in Castelló. Paelles and different kinds of arrosos (other rice dishes) are here readily available, but the speciality of Castelló is the arrós caldós, a kind of paella soup with chicken and vegetables.
Other famous specialities from the province of Castellón that every visitor should try are the delicious prawns from Vinaròs and the scrumptious artichauts from Benicarló.
The nightlife ritual in Castelló starts in the area known as Las Tascas in the earlier hours of the night. This area comprises a couple of small streets near the Plaça Major which are full of tapas bars. After a visit to one or two of these tascas, the partying crowd usually goes to pubs or clubs, Botánico being one of the most popular.
In the summer months, almost the whole population of Castelló moves to nearby resort of Benicàssim. Consequently, if you go to Castelló during this time of the year, you should go to Benicàssim to have fun because Castelló is almost completely dead.
Castelló, like any other Spanish city, does honour its Saint Patroness, Our Lady of the Lledó, but its main Festival (the Madeleine) commemorates the fundation of the city, almost eight centuries ago. The main activity is the Romeria de les Canyes, a kind of pilgrimage from the shrine of the Madeleine in one of the hills surrounding the city to the co-cathedral. The fathers of city had found shelter from the invading Arabs in that hill and the procession is reminiscent of the day they decided to come back to the plain to take possession of the land where their ancestors had lived before the arrival of the dreaded Saracenes.
Benicàssim is the main resort on the Costa del Azahar (Orange-Blossom Coast), with large sany beaches and a short ride away from Castelló.
It is a status symbol for Castellonians to own a secondary appartment in Benicàssim, although the beach is merely 15 km away. Thus, almost the entire population of Castelló moves in Summer to Benicàssim and Castelló becomes a ghost town. The road connecting the two towns becomes also a nightmare at peak hours with the commuters going to work from their beach appartment every morning. These pictures show the area of Benicàssim known as Les Villes, where the local bourgeosie let their villas built in the beginning of the XX century.
I have written this under Castillon, because Vall d'Uixo does not exist in the database of locations. It is approximately 15km East-Southeast of Castillon. Unless you are fluent in Spanish public transport, it will likely require your own transportation.Check the website for exact operating dates, but the tours start roughly from 11am ~ 5:45pm,...more
This is a picture of the Basilica of Our Lady of el Lledó, located in the outskirts of the town. It hosts the image of the Saint Patron of the town, Our Lady of Lledó, and is one of the biggest shrines in the province. The basilica is surrounded by orange groves and you get there walking under a tree shadowed alley.more
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Many of the streets of Castellón are lined with orange trees, particularly in the more pedestrian areas. If the winds are gentle, you may be able to smell the fresh citrus aromas as you're walking down the corridors.I do not know however if it is acceptable to take one if you're in the need of a little snack.more
Castelló is not a monumental town, at least not so much in terms of other historic Spanish cities and towns. However, it is quiet old (in 2002 it celebrated its 750th anniversary) and has preserved a few interesting buildings of its historical legacy, as well as some picturesque districts with low-rise, bright coloured buildings, where a stroll is...more