Morella Travel Guide

  • Morella
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  • Morella
    by pugwashman
  • Morella
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Morella Things to Do

  • Aqueduct of Santa Lucia

    While there may be no shortage of aqueducts in Spain, the 14th Century aqueduct in Morella are in excellent condition and give an impressive example of the gothic construction spanning the rugged mountains. They are open to the public at all times since they are on public property.Water was brought from the sources of Vinatxos and the Aljub towards...

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  • Dance of the Death

    First let me tell those English speakers out there, that I confirmed twice that the name is correct. It is Dance of 'the' Death.Inside the walls of the 14th century Gothic style Convento de San Francisco are some limited artistic works from that date since the interior was revamped to the Neoclassic in 1800.But one of the surviving paintings is the...

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  • The Castle

    If your legs are in good shape, you may be ready to climb the hill to the castle. Seen from the opening photo on my Morella homepage, the castle sits poignantly on the top of the hill, in the center of the old Citadel.However, if that does not give it justice, maybe this photo gives you perspective. The castle, built by the Arabs during the Moorish...

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  • The Spiral Stair Banister

    Built in the 13th and 14th centuries, this impressive (yet modest) church on the hills of the tiny town of Morella is worth a visit.Inside the church, with the other examples of the gotico style architecture is a unique spiral stair case. All sources I've read say it is the only one in Spain. Its reliefs depict various time periods in the life of...

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  • la jana

    pictured is the beautiful door of the church of la jana. a worth while place to check out on the road to morella.

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  • la jana

    la jana is a tiny village on hwy N232 on the way to morella. pictured is a church in the village of la jana.

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  • la vallivan

    on the road to morella you will pass two beautiful tiny villages. pictured is a church in the village of la vallivan. worth pulling off the road for a quick walk around.

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  • morella

    on route N232 you pass through some beautiful mountain country side. pictured is a vista on the road to morella.

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  • morella

    morella is a beautiful medieval fortified town high in the mountains near the valencia-aragon boarder. morella was built by the knights templar in the 13th century. this area was also home to the knights of montesa.

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  • Portals of Saint Mary's

    The Basilique's main facade has two crumbling yet impressive Gothic portals: the Portal of the Apostles and the Portal of the Virgins. Both are pictured here.

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  • The walls

    Morella is totally circundated by Medieval walls. They have arrived to our days in a surprinsingly good condition. Up to seven perfectly preserved gates (Saint Michael, Saint Mathew, Forcall, King's, Studies, Morella and the Ice-storage), several turrets and spectacular views of the surroundings are what you can expect to see by walking over or...

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  • kind of sarcophagus of a saint

    some general infos about the church:The basilica of Santa Maria La Mayor is considered one of the finest examples of Catalan Gothic church architecture, and features a stunning valued choir and carved stairway. Interestingly the construction of the choir, which is supported on four heavy pillars, employs bands of lead, 400 years before reinforced...

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  • 'Iglesia Arciprestal de Santa María la...

    The 'Iglesia Arciprestal de Santa María la Mayor' is the main building of religious architecture. It was built during the 13th and 14th centuries and it is a true jewel of Gothic architecture. We have mention here the gates of 'Los Apóstoles' and 'Las Vírgenes ',the choir (15th c.), which is isolated and in elevation (one of the few exemples in the...

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  • the castle of Morella

    Located in an strategical situation on the very vertex where the Kingdoms of Valencia, Catalonia and Aragon come together. The geological carachteristics of the castle of Morella had enhanced a great history of power and aspiration. Iberians, romans, muslims and christians transformed and destroyed, once and again, the castle, palaces and city...

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  • Santa María la Mayor

    On the feet of the castle, this spectacular Gothic basilique was built during the XIII and XIV centuries.

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Morella Hotels

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    Carretera Morella-Zorita Km 4, Morella, 12300, ES

Morella Restaurants

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    by DanielF Written Apr 1, 2003

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    This is a picture of a coca de sardina, I do not believe this is a local speciality, but I thought it was photogenic.

    As for the Morellan specialities, you should not leave without trying the cecina (dried meat), the Morellan soup, the truffled hen or rabbit and, for dessert, the flaons.

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Morella Transportation

  • Going to Morella

    There is no train station in Morella, so the only available public transportation is the bus. However, a car will be very useful to explore the region of Els Ports and El Maestrat at your convenience.Keep in mind however that this is a very mountanious region and some local roads are narrow and winding.

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  • Steep streets

    As Morella was built on a hill, some streets are very steep. In order to make the climbing easier, some streets have steps.

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    1 Hotels in Morella

Morella Local Customs

  • Gigantes

    Morella is one of many towns in Spain that celebrates their festivals with the use of "Gigantes" or Giants.These large costumes, worn on the shoulders of their 'drivers' are used celebratory during festivals to portray the archetypes of the town.Feel free to read my Local Custom tip on my Spain page for more details.These Gigantes were found in the...

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  • The "sexenni"

    Morella celebrates its local festival only once every six years. It is called hence the sexeny. This festival is celebrated in honour of Our Lady of Vallivena, commemorating the end of a pest epidemy in the XVII century.This festival has a very long tradition and, after five years, people are really looking forward to it and to celebrating a great...

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Morella Warnings and Dangers

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    by doug48 Written Jun 14, 2007

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    hwy N232 from vinaros is a very nice two lane highway through the mountains of western valencia provence. however about three miles east of morella it becomes very narrow and curvy. the posted speed limit on the curves is 20k per hour and they are not kidding. be very careful on this short streach of hwy N232.

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Morella What to Pack

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    Cheminees evidence the cold winters

    by DanielF Written Apr 9, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Although Morella is close to the Mediterreanean, it lyes high upon the sea level. For this reason, winters are cold and even snow is not rare in the coldest months.

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Morella Off The Beaten Path

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    me at the castle

    by chancay Updated Nov 5, 2003

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    have a look at my travelogue, some nice pictures. Unfortunately I don´t remember very well how to go to this artificial sea, too long ago, but it must be on the way to Morella. It´s a wonderful place to wander around, relax without disturbing noise....when we have been there we have been the only people there.

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Morella Favorites

  • Gothic city

    Morella is probably one of the most interesting gothic cities in the Community of Valencia. The architecture is fascinating, the views to the surrounding country fantastic!

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  • stairs up to the castle

    Morella is built on a rocky crag commanding the surrounding countryside, at an altitude of about 1000m. So, after a long way by car up the serpentines...(better don´t look down next to the street) there are still "some" stairs to climb up to the castle ruins.

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  • another overview

    The surroundings here in the back country of the region are wonderful. You have a fantastic overview from Morella and with good weather as we have had it you can see miles in every direction.

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