Castellon de la Plana is an interesting old city in the Costa del Azahar region of Spain which is pleasant to sroll around. It is ideal for travellers looking for mountain walks, sleepy villages and nearby beaches. It is a busy commercial centre and a university city with a population of over 160,000. The harbour, El Grau de Castellon is a busy commercial and fishing port where local catches of fish and prawns are landed daily. It is located between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, both of which offer plenty of attractions and activities.
Castellon de la Plana has many historic monuments around the Plaza Mayor including the Gothic cathedral of Santa Maria with its 190 foot bell tower called El Fadri, the City Hall and the local exchange market. Stroll the orange-tree lined stareets or walk along the Avenida Rey Don Jaime with its modern shops. The Bellas Artes Museum and the Ethnological Museum along with the Convent are well worth a visit.
The area is famous for its excellent clean beaches where sailing, swimming, windsurfing and diving can all be enjoyed along with sunbathing. The best known beaches are at Benicassim, Peniscola, Vinaros and Oropesa de Mar.Golf
There are three golf courses close by, two in Castellon itself and one in Borriel. The gorgeous sunshine and scenery make golf particularly pleasant at any time of year.
These superb cave formation can be found in Vall d'Uxo and have the largest underground river in Europe. They are just minutes away from the beautiful mountain area and villages in the Sierra de Espadan National Park.Valencia
Valencia is the third largest city in Spain and has some beautiful botanical gardens. The cathedral dates back to the 13th century and the historic towers are part of the historic defensive system. With a number of palaces and museums and plenty of shopping it is a most delightful place to spend a day.Morella
A visit to Morella is a step back in time. The impressive castle sits on top of the hill and the peaceful streets of the old town are surrounded by ancient city walls.
The climate on the Costa de Azahar is considered the best in Spain as it is warmer than the Costa Brava but cooler than southern Spain which can reach 40°C in the summer. The weather around Castellon de la Plana is pleasant all year round, making it a popular winter holiday destination, as well as a summer resort. Winter temperatures average 17°C (62°F) during the day and 27°C (81°F) during the long dry summer months.
There are plenty of cheap airlines which fly from Europe to Spain on a daily basis. The nearest airport to your Catsellon de la Plana villa is Valencia (VLC) Airport which is 60km away.