The capital of Castellon is Castello de la Plana. Originally founded on high ground, the capital was relocated nearer to the coast in the 13th century.
The city centre, the Plaza Mayor, is bordered by the market, the town hall, the cathedral and El Fadri, a 58-meter high octagonal bell tower erected in the 1590's.
The Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes, in an 18th century house, contains a collection of artefacts dating from the middle Palaeolithic era, paintings from the 15th to the 20th centuries and modern ceramics from the region. Among the artworks is Jose de Ribera's Saint Jerome.
The Convento de las Madres Capuchinas holds an important collection of paintings which are attributed to Francisco de Zurbaran.
In El Planetario there are demonstrations of the night sky, the solar system and the stars.
Towns in the province of Castellon
A merry and festive town known for its delicious prawns, is a port city that really welcomes visitors. It is highly recommended to visit during the carnival celebrations, during the second half of February, and is considered to be one of the most important in the province.
This town exhibits beautiful architecture; attractive Gothic and Baroque buildings line the streets, such as the convents of Sant Agusti and Sant Francesc and the parish church of Asuncion.
Peniscola is not only extraordinary because it is perched on the top of a rocky peninsula and surrounded by water on all sides (except one where it is joined to the mainland) but also for its exceptional monuments and for being the scene of many historical events. It is also renowned for the beauty of its beaches and enormous cliffs. The city is one of the biggest tourist attractions and the most visited tourist centres in the whole of the Valencian Community.
The town is one of the most characteristic resorts in Spain, with its old town within the walls of a historic castle. The majestic castle of Peniscola, a real gem of the monumental heritage of the peninsula, hosts numerous cultural activities such as the Spanish comedy film festival and the Baroque and Antique music festival
Morella is said to be the most interesting Gothic city in the Autonomous Community of Valencia. It boasts a two and a half long kilometer wall, marked by six gates and speaks of the legendary imperviousness of the town. It houses several specialized museums and a wealth of history. Two attractions that are particularly recommended are the ancient cave paintings at Morella La Vella and the Sanctuary of Virgen de Vallivana.
Oropesa del Mar
A historic town with beautiful beaches and a modern tourist infrastructure. Its historic quarter preserves remarkable buildings, several towers and an old castle. Visitors also flock to this resort for the fine sandy beaches of 'La Concha' (The Shell) and 'Morro de Gos'.
A town of Arabic origin, it is a spiritual retreat, with six kilometers of sandy beaches, high mountains and sea views. The end of the 19th century brought with it the development of the Benicàssim beach area where colonial-style holiday villas began to emerge. Of these, the oldest that still stands is Villa Pilar, from 1860.
The historic quarter hosts a neoclassical parish church which is probably the most representative building of the town. It one of the most important summer tourist resorts on the Spanish Mediterranean coast and a visit is a must.
This medieval towns layout conceals several architectural gems such The cathedral of Santa Maria (Right), the vestiges of the ancient wall, the circular tower of Botxi, the prison's tower and several churches such including San Pedro, San Martin, San Joaquin and Santa Ana.
The remains of the medieval castle, located on the neighbouring hill of La Estrella, give some sense as to the regal origins of Segorbe. The local fiestas in Segorbe have been declared of Tourist Interest and are held towards the end of August.