Costa del Azahar
Costa del Azahar, trip to the Valencian Community
Between the Costa Dorada, in the north, and the Costa de Valencia, in the south, the Costa del Azahar, “the orange blossom”, covers 120 km of the coast of the province of Castellón de la Plana in the north of the Valencian Community.
A coast with beaches and coves, sometimes interspersed with small cliffs, on which more or less important seaside resorts abound. Many are equipped with a marina.
The northern limit of this coastline begins at Vinaròs, immediately leaving southern Catalonia, and ends in the south at La Vall d’Uixó, at the foot of the natural par of the Sierra d’Espadà.
To the north, in the surroundings of Peñiscola, the proximity of the Sierra d’Irta Natural Park makes the Mediterranean coast coast with the mountain.
Visit the Costa del Azahar
Vinaròs is located in a plain and bordered by a coastline of 6 km of clean beaches and offering all the necessary services.
The northernmost town of the Costa del Azahar and the Valencian Country, it is 80 km from the provincial capital of Castellón de la Plana. Famous for its shrimp, the city has an important commercial, fishing and recreational port.
A few kilometres south of Vinaròs, Benicarló is a medieval village founded by the Arabs. Bordered by a vast beach, the city has managed to keep intact its historic district in which we discover old coat of arms houses and large mansions.
The beach of Benicarló extends over one kilometre south of the fishing and leisure port of this old city.
Peñiscola is part of the association of Spain’s Most Beautiful Villages and is dominated by an ancient castle overlooking the Mediterranean and built on a peninsula. A medieval town very popular with tourists, its castle, which belonged to the Knights Templar, was used as a refuge by Pope Benedict XIII during the Western Great Schism.
The beaches and coves of Peñiscola, frequented all year round, are one of the major tourist destinations on the Costa del Azahar.
Serra d’Irta Natural Park
Combining sea and mountains, the park includes land and sea areas. The vegetation is made of maquis and endemic plants. Cliffs and ledges plunge abruptly into a coastline with beaches, coves and numerous reefs.
The Irta mountains are home to archaeological sites, castles and watchtowers of Muslim origin as well as hermitages from the 17th century.
Alcossebre is the seaside resort of the municipality of Alcalà de Xivert and is made up of a marina and beaches labelled with the Blue Flag.
The marina of Alcossebre, Las Fuentes, is one of the embarkation points to visit the volcanic archipelago of Illes Columbretes located about fifty kilometres off Alcossebre.
Torreblanca and Torrenostra beach
Torrenostra is the beach of the municipality of Torreblanca which is 3 km from the coast. After a 700 m walk, the beach stretches for several kilometres southwards to the Torre de la Sal, which is bordered by the El Prat natural park.
Oropesa del Mar
Of the 2 beaches of Oropesa the one to the north is the largest. They are separated by the eponymous cape which protects the marina from this urban nucleus with modern tourist infrastructures; including buildings in particular…
Located in the heart of the Costa del Azahar, this historic town of Castellón de la Plana has preserved its old castle and defensive ford towers.
The city is also known for the coating of azulejos of the 18th century Alorca that adorns the church of the Virgen de Paciencia d’Oropesa.
Located 5 km north of Oropesa and 2 km long, the sandy and gravel beach of Torre de la Sal can be found in a camping area.
Benicàssim, known as the “Biarritz of the Levant”, is a pioneering city in Spain as a tourist and seaside resort. There are a large number of star hotels, campsites and tourist apartments in seasonal rentals.
Located at the foot of the Desierto de las Palmas and the Sierra de Santa Águeda natural areas, Benicàssim offers 6 km of beaches, some of which are delimited by artificial rocky dykes, ideal for throwing fishing.
Castellón de la Plana
Castellón, the provincial capital and a privileged seaside destination on the Costa del Azahar, has a 10 km coastline at the foot of the sierras.
Castellón de la Plana is characterized by its squares and gardens. Bicycle paths run along two of the avenues that lead to the maritime district and beaches of El Grao de Castellón.
The Columbretes archipelago is composed of four volcanic islands located about fifty kilometres from Cape Oropesa. The islands are Columbrete Grande, La Ferrera, La Foradada and El Carallot.
Maritime excursions are organized to visit the park from Alcossebre, Oropesa, Castellón or Valencia.
Located in the south of the Costa del Azahar, about ten kilometres from Castellón de la Plana, Burriana is known for its Orange Museum, unique in Europe.
From the city centre, two avenues descend to Grau de Burriana, the seaside resort of Burriana, located about 2 km from the centre. There is a residential area, various tourist infrastructures, a vast beach and the marina.
Playas de Nules
In the flat area of the Plana Baixa, Platja de Nules is the seaside district of the municipality of Nules whose economy, apart from tourism, comes from the cultivation of citrus fruits.
Platja de Nules is above all a long sandy and gravel beach framed by rocky cobs that stretches south to the neighbouring town of Moncofa. The beach is bordered by a vast promenade with seasonal shops.
This municipality of La Plana Baixa is mainly known for its 6 beaches. Well maintained, we join them in El Grau de Moncofa the seaside district of this small town of 6500 inhabitants.
Xilxes, Chilches in Castilian, is 32 km south of Castellón de la Plana. It is the southernmost seaside resort on the Costa del Azahar.
The seaside and residential area is about 3 km from the city centre.