Castellón de la Plana with a population of 160,000 in Valencia is another popular destination for travellers searching for beautiful rural and mountainous Spain or wanting to relax on the beaches on the Costa Azahar (the Orange blossom coast). The most northern of the Valencia capitals, dating back to the 13th century, with the perfect Mediterranean climate, attracts visitors from all over. With a diverse mix of old and new, modern constructions to Gothic monuments, you will find plenty to gaze at on a stroll around the provincial capital. You may coincide a visit with one of the many fiestas which happen year round. Relatively undeveloped, The Costa Azahar is a part of the coast where you will find un-crowded beaches known for its clean clear water. Castellón de la Plana’s well looked after beaches are located either side of the port, a key to the region’s industry, as well as a popular place for all types of water sports. Head inland from Castellón to discover the magnificent scenery (the second most mountainous in Spain) and an array of outdoor pursuits which can be enjoyed at any time of the year, given the mild climate of this coastal province. If you head out of the city, you will notice the endless orange groves and pine woods, complementing the equally appealing beaches.
Situated on the Desert Mountains, Fadrell, the Moorish castle, bears great importance on the history of Castellón whi where the founders of the city first occupied. After the conquest of James I in 1233, the region was given to Ximén Pérez d'Arenós and the centre of the new town was located on the site of the Benirabe farmstead. The Middle Ages was an important era for the history of the town, as it was during this time when much of the city was constructed. The church that was built became a pro cathedral in the middle of the 15th century. The Virgin of Lledó is the patron saint of Castellón, and her body was mistakenly dug up in 1366 by a ploughman.
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