Castellón: An astonishing city of contrasts

From beaches to mountains, and outdoor activities to relaxing spas, the Spanish province of Castellón offers something for every cruise visitor

Castellón: An astonishing city of contrasts
Castellón offers an appealing blend of history and culture, as well as fine-sand Mediterranean beaches
This article was first published in the Itinerary Planning Special Report 2017. All information was correct at the time of printing, but may since have changed.

Located in the northern region of Valencia on the east coast of Spain, the province of Castellón has more than 120 kilometres of Mediterranean coastline. Castellón is also Spain’s second most mountainous province and boasts the 1,814-metre-high Penyagolosa peak, the highest in Valencia. The orange blossom trees in its coastal areas combine with the wild rosemary in its mountains to create a medley of perfumes and colours that make a cruise call in the city an unforgettable experience.

Thanks to its year-round warm climate, natural landscapes, culture and historic sites, Castellón offers cruise lines plenty of options when it comes to finding attractions to delight their guests.

For nature lovers, Castellón provides soft fine-sand beaches with warm and tranquil Mediterranean waters, wild coves, forests, rivers, gullies, mountains and more. From Europe’s most southern pinewood forests in Tinença de Benifassà, to the cork tree forests of Serra de l’Espadà, the regenerated dunes of Castellón and the lagoon in the Estany d’Almenara, Castellón’s natural habitats are home to more species of flora and fauna than in many other countries around the world.

More adventurous cruise visitors can experience Castellón’s natural beauty while trying their hand at multiple outdoor activities, such as swimming, sailing, surfing, kite surfing, mountain biking, horse riding, paragliding, skydiving, and hiking on more than 1,000km of footpaths.

Golf is also a big part of Castellón’s tourism product. Cruise guests can play at several courses, some of which are beside the sea, while others are in the mountains. One of Spain’s best international golfers, Sergio García, plays at golf courses in the province – there may even be a connection between the quality of the courses and his expertise.

Further inland, Castellón also boasts ancient Mediterranean monuments, towns and cities that are bursting with history and cultural traditions. Cruise guests can also relax in century-old spas and thalassotherapy centres that are equipped with the latest technologies and provide modern beauty and relaxation treatments.

Food lovers also benefit from Castellón’s location between the sea and the mountains. Not only can they dine on high-quality fresh seafood and fish, but they can also enjoy meat, one of the world’s best varieties of olive oil, and truffles from the inland areas.

Family tourism is important in the province of Castellón. Consequently, all beaches are equipped with facilities to ensure that young children remain safe while parents relax, and there are multiple family-friendly leisure activities. In addition, many hotels offer special family services, making them a good pre- or post-cruise option.

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
Friday, December 29, 2017