View of the hilltop village of Vilafamés with its green surroundings © Mike Workman/
iew of the hilltop village of Vilafamés with its green surroundings © Mike Workman/

Province of Castellón – Paradise Between Coast and Mountains

Published: 27 March 2024, 16:00

Sleepy little villages in the hinterland where time appears to have stood still. The province of Castellón in eastern Spain offers all that and much more: fine sandy beaches on the 200-kilometre-long Costa del Azahar on the Mediterranean, no fewer than eight natural parks, mountainous areas for hiking, climbing and mountain biking as well as vibrant towns such as Peñíscola, Benicàssim, Vinaròs and Castelló de la Plana. Spared from mass tourism, Castellón shows a more traditional side of Spain.

Castellón-Costa Azahar Airport is located an hour’s drive north of the city of Valencia, one of Spain’s most beautiful metropolises with its diverse architecture. A trip to the province of Castellón is also one for foodies: you can indulge in culinary delights until late in the evening and enjoy classics, such as traditional paella, tapas and sweet churros. Eating late is just as common in Spain as the siesta at lunchtime, when many shops and restaurants are closed. 

Numbers, data, facts

  • Time difference: none
  • Population: 590.000
  • Official Language: Spanish
  • Currency: Euro (EUR)

Sites in the province of Castellón

City of contrasts: a visit to Valencia

Castellón-Costa Azahar Airport is a good hour’s drive north of Valencia, the third largest city in Spain, where the traditional Spanish dish paella was invented. Those travelling in the region should definitely make a detour to this beautiful city, which is perfect for exploring on foot. The old town of El Carmen, with its pretty squares and medieval streets, is car-free, meaning you can wander around undisturbed. Valencia is simply charming with its art nouveau buildings and particularly characteristic buildings, such as the Mercado Central and the old Silk Exchange. A visit to the City of Arts and Sciences is not to be missed. The futuristic complex is located in a former riverbed and offers a variety of attractions, including Europe's largest aquarium (L’Oceanogràfic). 

A walk through Valencia

Castellón from BER

Five travel tips for ...

1. The fine sandy Playa del Puerto de Sagunto for swimming 

2. The bays in the Serra d’Irta National Park for snorkelling

3. Playa del Racón in Sueca for windsurfing and kitesurfing

4. Playa Miramar near Gandia for a walk  

5. Playa de Daimus for families with small children 

1. In the morning: jogging and fitness in the dry Turia riverbed 

2. Breakfast in the Mercado Colón market hall

3. City walk through the old town

4. Early evening: the aquarium at the City of Arts and Sciences

5. Watch a performance at the futuristic opera house Calatrava 

1. Breakfast: drink horchata (orxata), a milk made from tiger nuts

2. Lunch: sample different tapas

3. Dinner: order a traditional paella, of course 

4. Sweet temptation between meals: enjoy some crispy churros  

5. As a nightcap: drink the Aqua de Valenica cocktail 

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