The province of Castellón is the northernmost province of the Valencian Community. Its capital, Castellón de la Plana, is about 70 km from the capital of the region, Valencia. Both capitals enjoy excellent and fast communication by rail and road.
Castellón is the destination of many university students thanks to its varied training offer, its most affordable prices compared to neighboring provinces, its youthful atmosphere and its favorable weather conditions.
Castellón enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and warm summers, with a pleasant average annual temperature of 18ºC. Average year-round temperatures generally vary from between 10ºC in January and 25ºC in August. The city records more than 300 days of sunshine per year. Its excellent climate has made Castellón one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations.
The Mediterranean Sea and the many cultures who have sailed here, have left their mark on the province’s landscapes, towns, monuments and way of life.
The weather makes it the ideal place for a wide range of outdoor sports and activities throughout the year, including golf, cycling, hiking and water sports.
COAST AND INLAND
The province of Castellón has 120 km of beaches, lapped by the Mediterranean Sea. Visitors will find spaces equipped with shower facilities, disabled access to services, lifeguard, sand play, publicly accesible libraries, animation and boardwalks at most beaches.
Castellón is home to the Islas Columbretes Natural Park and Marine Reserve, a group of volcanic islets just off the coast of Castellón which offer unique, spectacular landscapes that are a must for fans of scuba diving, since, owing to the volcanic nature of the islands, they offer excellent underwater visibility.
Despite being a coastal province, Castellón is the second most mountainous province of Spain, whose ceiling is the peak Penyagolosa, with a height of 1.813 metres.
Natural Parks Tinença of Benifassà, Penyagolosa, Sierra de Espada, Desert Palms, Sierra Calderona… the province has a unique interior and protected natural and scenic values, where the visitor finds spectacular landscapes and numerous municipalities with great cultural, historical and gastronomic attraction.
Theatre, symphony music, ballet, opera, pop music, jazz… Castellón has an endless range of cultural options. Music of all styles and types is played in the province´s many theatres and auditoriums. A huge variety of museums spread around the province tells visitors about Castellón´s past and present. People have been living here since ancient times, as can be seen from the cave paintings in Valltorta, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Roman theatre at Sagunto and the mighty Castle of Peñíscola. These are only a few examples of the extensive cultural heritage of Castellón.
FESTIVALS AND TRADITIONS
Noisy and extrovert. A few days of extravagance, glitz and partying. These are Castellón´s most famous festivals. A enthusiastic display of gunpowder, pyrothecnics, mayhem and parading to marching bands.
There are festivals to please everyone, but they all guarantee fun, community spirit and street parties. Some festivals have become national and international tourist attractions in their own right.
Rice rules supreme in the kitchen and paella is undoubtedly the most popular local dish. There is a variation of paella to suit everybody, with ingredients such as seafood, vegetables and meat.
A paella provides the perfect excuse for getting family, friends, customers and visitors round the table. But there are also many other delicious local dishes that do not include rice: escellent fish, great vegetables and meat, all lovingly prepared in the best Mediterranean tradition.
There are plenty of opportunities to try the enormous variety of food in Castellón’s famous restaurants, where an innovative approach to cooking is practised on a daily basis.