Things to do in Castellon de la Plana – Spain


Castellon de la Plana is the capital of the Castellon province, located in eastern Spain, near the Mediterranean Sea. This little province is well known by its huge orange plantations, clear blue skies and nearby beautiful villages that have stood the test of time.

Between the 16th and 17th century the city of Castellon de la Plana left behind its medieval aspect thanks to the economic growth, especially in terms of agriculture. During this period, some important public buildings were built, some of which I mention below.

But the changes that occurred during the 19th century were the most important and the ones that remain today. The population started to grow and the boom of orange plantations occurred, bringing prosperity to the city. Today, Castellon de la Plana main economic activities are the production of mass tiles and the orange plantations.

We can divide Castellón in three areas: the historic city centre, the modern neighborhoods and the harbor named Grao, being the historic centre being the most interesting of the three. This city has a quiet and gentle nature that tourists can find pleasant, as long as they are looking for a warm and relaxing destination to travel.

Key Takeaways

  • Castellon de la Plana is a small city on the east coast of Spain and the old town can be explored in a day.
  • Castellon de la Plana is located on the main railway line between Barcelona and Valencia
  • The museum dedicated to citrus fruit is likely the only one in the world
Castellon Source : Flickr

Must Do

The Lonja del Cañamo is renaissance building from the 17th century, it is decorated with tuscan columns and allegoric pictures. This is one of the most ancient buildings of the city with other important constructions as El Fadrí, a tower forty-eight meters high placed at the other side of the street.

What do you like best about your city?

What I definitely love about Castellon is the calm you feel living here. There is no traffic, noise or overflowing streets, just a quiet city with people who lives day by day without any stress. The other aspect I really like is the weather. On average, the sun shines on the city 300 days a year. It’s just fantastic!

Plaza de la independencia, Castellón – Source Flickr

How to get to Castellon de la Plana from Valencia by train

To get from Valencia to Castellon de la Plana by train, you can take the regional train from Valencia’s main train station, Estacio del Nord. The journey takes about an hour and trains run several times a day.

Here is a step-by-step guide to getting to Castellon de la Plana from Valencia by train:

  1. From Valencia, go to Estacio del Nord train station. This is the main train station in Valencia and is located in the city center. You can get there by taking the subway, bus, or taxi.
  2. Once you arrive at Estacio del Nord, go to the ticketing office or use the ticket machines to purchase a ticket to Castellon de la Plana. Make sure to check the schedule to ensure that you are catching a train that goes to Castellon de la Plana.
  3. Board the regional train to Castellon de la Plana. The train will depart from a platform at Estacio del Nord and the journey to Castellon de la Plana takes about an hour.
  4. Get off the train at Castellon de la Plana. The train station in Castellon de la Plana is located in the centre of the town, so you can easily walk to your destination from there.

Best Walk in Castellón de la Plana

City Centre

Here I include the whole city centre because unlike other cities, Castellon historic center can be visited entirely in just one afternoon. I recommend starting with La Puerta del Sol, here you will see El Casino Antiguo. Then you can walk down Enmedio street, here you will find many shops, it can be crowded, especially on weekends. The city council is in the Plaza Mayor besides the Mercado Central and the Concatedral de Santa María, which was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War. After its reconstruction in
neogotic style, it was reopened in 1999.

Castellon Source Flickr

Plaza del Mar

If you take the TRAM, you will arrive in less than ten minutes to the seafaring district, El Grao. Plaza del Mar was built in 1990 in order to make the district more attractive to tourist. From this square you will be able to see the sea and feel the warm breeze at any time of the year. Nearby, there are many restaurants where you can eat an authentic arroz castellonense (or a paella, if you prefer).

Best Hotels in Castellon de la Plana

Here are our favourite 3 places to stay in Castellon. Please click the links so you will see more details and reviews on TripAdvisor.

Dona Lola is a family friendly hotel. It has a 24 hour front desk, a concierge, and newspaper, to help make your stay more enjoyable. The property also has a free breakfast.

Eurohotel Castellon is very convenient as it is located directly opposite the railway station and also near the central bus station. The rooms are decorated in a modern style. You can dine at the onsite restaurant that serves a la carte menu.

Eurohotel Castellon

NH Castellon Turcosa has an excellent location overlooking the Mediterranean sea in this picturesque Spanish port.

NH Castellon Mindoro is a 4-star hotel located in Castellón de la Plana, a city in the province of Castellón, Spain. The hotel is located in the city center, close to a number of local attractions, including the Cathedral of Santa María, the Plaza Mayor, and the Museum of Fine Arts. NH Castellón Mindoro offers a range of amenities, including a restaurant, a bar, and a fitness centre. The hotel has a modern and stylish design, and it offers a range of guest rooms and suites, many of which have views of the city.

Best Restaurants in Castellón de la Plana

Considering I am talking about a Mediterranean city, I have to mentioned El Pairal. Established in 1987, El Pairal offers high quality Mediterranean dishes conserving the tradition thanks to three decades of experience and excellance in the catering sector. If you are looking for a more informal and innovative place, you should visit Le Bistrot Gastronómico. The chefs bet on the fussion of flavors and products from different parts of the world. The place have became very popular in a short time and is always crowded, so you better book in advance.

Castellon Source Flickr

Best Music/Festival in Castello de la Plana

The biggest party in Castellon is La Magdalena. Unlike other parties, La Magdalena celebrates the origin of the city with a wide range of activities that includes concerts, gastronomic exhibitions, the typical pilgrimage to the Magdalena hill and more. Castellon people wait all the year for this party which begins in the third Sunday of Cuaresma, usually in March. If you want to see how lively and amusing Castellon streets can be, you should travel to the city during La Magdalena.

Best Nightlife in Castellon de la Plana

As I said before, Castellon is a small city, so nightlife is also a bit limited. But there is one place where you can have some fun at night, Las Tascas. Basically, these are a group of bars and small restaurants very active at night where you can have a beer and eat some tapas. In addition, you can visit pubs like Pub Terra and Wallaby’s Creek (you will recognize it by the kangaroo decorating the entry) which remain open until dawn.

St Mary’s Cathedral

Best Trip Out of Castellon de la Plana

This part is quiet hard to answer. There are so many places to visit out of Castellon city that I can hardly decide for one. However, if you have stayed enough to read this part, my duty is to give you my advice. My choice is Peñíscola. This little coastal town is considered one of the most beautiful in Spain. Peñiscola has been inhabited by Romans, Arabs, Byzantines and more, but the most important personality who had lived here is the Pope Benidict XIII also know as, Papa Luna. He decided to exile himself in the Peñiscola castle in 1411.

The Peñiscola old town has many wonderful places you should visit. First, to enter the old town you will pass through the Portal de Sant Pere, after that you’ll find El Bufador, a big hole in the rocks below the houses where you can feel the sea “blowing”. If you keep walking, you’ll see La Casa de Petxines, whose facade is decorated with shells. These are just few places you can see in Peñiscola. So, if you travel to Castellon and have the opportunity to leave the city, please go to this magical village.

Something not many travellers would know about Castellon de la Plana

Most tourists and even the Spanish don’t know that Castellon is the second most mountainous province in Spain. Yes, it makes no sense. The full name of the city is “Castellón de la Plana”, La Plana means “flat”… Well, you got it. The point is that there are some hidden towns inland like Morella and Montanejos totally worth-visiting

Interesting facts about Castellon de la Plana

  1. Castellón de la Plana is a city in eastern Spain, located in the Valencian Community.
  2. It is the capital of the province of Castellón, and is the third largest city in the Valencian Community, after Valencia and Alicante.
  3. Castellon has a population of approximately 170,000 people and is named after a Moorish castle (Castle of Fadrell) that sat on the hill of Magdalene .
  4. The golfer Sergio Garcia is a native of Castellon.
  5. Castellon is on the Valencia–Sant Vicenç de Calders railway between Valencia and Tarragona. It is also a stop on the Barcelona- Alicante service. It take between 60-90 minutes by train between Valencia and Castellon.
  6. You can visit Islas Columbretes by renting a boat from the port at Castellon. It takes 2 hours to reach the island one way.
  7. If you are in Castellon during football season, Villarreal is the neighbouring town if you would like to see a La Liga game or possibly even Champions League as they quite often qualify.
  8. Castellon has a museum dedicated to the history of citrus fruit. I challenge you to find another one of those in the world.
  9. Castellón de la Plana is known for its beautiful beaches, including the beaches of Benicàssim and Vinaròs, which are popular with tourists.
  10. The city is also home to a number of historical and cultural attractions, such as the Castellón de la Plana Cathedral and the Museum of Fine Arts.
  11. Castellón de la Plana is an important agricultural and industrial center, with a number of important industries, including textiles, ceramics, and furniture.
  12. The city is home to the University of Castellón, which is one of the largest universities in the Valencian Community.
  13. Castellón de la Plana is known for its rich culinary traditions, which include dishes such as paella, arroz a banda, and fideuà.
  14. The city is home to a number of festivals and events, including the Feria de la Magdalena, which is a popular annual fair that takes place in March.
  15. Castellón de la Plana is located near several important natural areas, such as the Columbretes Islands and the Desierto de las Palmas Nature Reserve.
  16. The city is also home to the Castellón de la Plana Football Club, which plays in the Segunda División, the second division of Spanish football.

David Cronk - Editor

David Cronk is the editor of online travel magazine Travelodium Travel Magazine. David has travelled to over 30 countries of the world and his writing has been published by enRoute magazine - Air Canada's inflight magazine and by Hotel & Accommodation Management Magazine. David has worked as a Sales Executive for Sheraton and Hilton Hotels and for Hotelbookers in London. He has worked also as a Hotel Night Manager and in bars throughout Europe. David eventually settled into a position working as a croupier for several years before changing careers to become a Data, Sales and Statistical Analyst.

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