Universidad Gastronómica Gasma

CASTELLÓN

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.

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Source: Valencian Community Tourism

Santa Maria Cathedral

Peñíscola

Located on the Costa del Azahar, Castellón and its province have attractions that make it an ideal place to study and live.

Are you looking for natural ecosystems, medieval cities, coves and bays and a vibrant tradition of music festivals? Our province will surprise you with its variety of landscapes and rich history, in an exciting route that we invite you to undertake from your first day on campus.

If you are going to study at our university in Castellón, you will soon discover that our campus is an excellent starting point to discover one of the most authentic regions of our country.

History

Founded in the 13th century. The history of Castellón is linked to agriculture, trade and ceramics. The Basilica of Santa María, the Fadrí and the Grao de Castellón stand out.

To learn about the past and present of the province, a wide range of museums awaits the visitor, as well as the cave paintings of La Valltorta, the Roman theater of Sagunto or the castle of Peñíscola, which are just a few examples of the extensive cultural legacy from Castellon.

Currently, it is a dynamic and modern city, with an important cultural and tourist offer, thanks to its historical and natural heritage. The history of the city dates back to the time of Roman domination, when a colony called “Colonia Julia Augusta” was established. Valentia Edetanorum” in the area.

During the Middle Ages, the city passed through the hands of different rulers, including Muslims, until it was conquered by King James I of Aragon in the 13th century. In the 18th century, the city experienced significant economic growth thanks to the trade in oranges and other agricultural products.

During the 19th century, Castellón became an important industrial and commercial center, and important buildings such as the Cathedral of Santa María, the Principal Theater and the bullring were built. Currently, Castellón is a modern city with significant economic activity in sectors such as ceramics, food and tourism. It has a wide cultural and leisure offer, as well as an internationally recognized university.

 

 

Art & Culture

The historic center of Castellón is an architectural jewel. The Museum of Fine Arts is one of the highlights, where visitors can explore an impressive collection of paintings and sculptures dating from the 15th century to the present day.

The Cathedral of Santa María is also a must-see place in the city. This beautiful building has a Gothic façade and an impressive rose window at the top. In addition, inside, visitors can admire works of art of great historical and religious value, as well as its imposing organ.

Another emblematic place in Castellón is the Torre del Rey, which dates back to the 13th century. This tower is one of the few remaining remains of the old walls that surrounded the city. Currently, it has become a symbol of the city and is one of the places most photographed by tourists who visit Castellón de la Plana.

In addition to its impressive architectural and artistic heritage, Castellón de la Plana is known for its festivities. La Magdalena is one of the most important festivals in the city and has been declared of International Tourist Interest. During this festival, the inhabitants of Castellón de la Plana dress in traditional costumes and participate in numerous cultural and religious events.

Another important festival is Music Week, in which numerous concerts and cultural activities are held in different parts of the city. This party is an excellent opportunity to get to know the music scene in Castellón de la Plana and enjoy its vibrant cultural atmosphere.

A city with a lot to offer its visitors. From its impressive architectural and artistic heritage to its vibrant festivities, this city is an ideal destination for those seeking a unique and authentic experience.

 

 

 

Places of interest

Castellón offers various interesting tourist attractions. You can start with a walk through its historic center, which has places such as the Cathedral of Santa María, the Central Market, the Lonja del Cáñamo and the Town Hall. The Plaza Mayor is an iconic place in the city, with bars and restaurants that offer local cuisine.

The maritime neighborhood of El Grao is another area to visit, with the Plaza del Mar, the Real Club Náutico and the fishing port, and the opportunity to try dishes such as arroz del señoret and arroz a banda. The Columbretes Islands are a protected natural park that can be visited by boat. There are also the three city beaches, ideal for enjoying the sun and water sports.

Las fiestas de la Magdalena, que se celebran en marzo, son una mezcla de tradición y fiesta, con eventos como la cabalgata del Pregó, la romería de les Canyes, la procesión del retorno y el desfile de “gaiatas”. Another option is to visit the town of Montanejos, about 65 km from Castellón, known for its springs and natural pools surrounded by exceptional scenery.

Lastly, the Castellón Museum of Fine Arts is an avant-garde building with more than 150 years of history and a wide collection of painting, sculpture, archeology and ethnology. Parque Ribalta is an English romantic garden in Castellón that dates back to the 19th century and offers a relaxing experience in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the city. Visitors can admire the obelisk, the temple and the rose garden, as well as have a drink in a charming bar.

70 km from Castellón is Peñíscola, known for its fine sand beach ending in walls and for its castle-fortress of Papa Luna. This city has been a key location in the filming of series such as Game of Thrones. These are some of the tourist attractions that Castellón offers, especially interesting for CEU students.

 

 

 

Gastronomy

The gastronomy of Castellón de la Plana is rich and varied, and is influenced by its location on the Mediterranean coast and by the agricultural tradition of the area. Rice is the king of Valencian cuisine, and paella is its undisputed protagonist. There are paellas for all tastes: with vegetables, seafood, fish, meat… It is the perfect excuse to gather around the table family, friends, customers or tourists.

Beyond rice, our gastronomic offer is guaranteed by good fish, excellent vegetables, selected meats and an always affectionate treatment, fundamentals of the Mediterranean cuisine. The Castellón kitchens dare with variety and contrast; In its famous restaurants, innovation is an obligatory attitude in this profession as deeply rooted as cooking.

In addition, Castellón is famous for its citrus production, and a wide variety of fresh fruits and juices can be found in the local markets. It is also notable for its production of wine and olive oil, which can be tasted in local wineries.

 

 

 

Industry

The province of Castellón is a region with a diverse and constantly evolving economy. In addition to its strong ceramic and tile industry, the area has an important agri-food sector that has been consolidated over time.

Citrus production is one of the main agricultural activities in the region, and excellent quality oranges, mandarins and lemons can be found in the local markets. Another prominent product from the province of Castellón is olive oil. The region has a wide variety of olive trees, and its oils are recognized for their flavor and quality. Local producers have known how to adapt to the demands of the market, and today you can find high-quality extra virgin olive oils in shops and markets in the area.

In addition to the ceramic industry, Castellón has an important chemical and petrochemical sector. Companies such as Repsol and BP have important facilities in the area, which has contributed to job creation and the revitalization of the local economy.

On the other hand, construction is another relevant economic activity in the province. In recent years, important urbanization and tourism development projects have been carried out, especially on the coast, which has contributed to the creation of employment and an improvement in the quality of life of the inhabitants of the area.

As for tourism, Castellón has a wide range of beaches and natural landscapes of great beauty. Destinations such as Peñíscola, Oropesa del Mar and Alcossebre are very popular among tourists, and offer a wide variety of activities and services to enjoy an unforgettable vacation.

 

 

Celebrations & Leisure

They are designed to be experienced in the street, thanks to the climate and because they are noisy and crowded.

March is the month when the capital celebrates its founding festivities, the Magdalena: they are the most famous in the province of Castellón, and are dedicated to fire and gunpowder, the tumult and the parade to the beat of the music.

Festivals throughout the province are becoming increasingly well known for their national and international tourist value. And in all of them we will feel welcome for the fun and cordiality that its streets and people exhibit.

Castellón is a province of festivals. There are many and varied activities offered throughout the year in different locations.

FIB (Benicàssim)

ARENAL SOUND (Burriana)

ROTOTOM SUNSPLASH (Benicàssim)

ELECTROSPLASH (Vinaròs)

FESTIVAL DE JAZZ DE PEÑÍSCOLA (Peñíscola)

BENICÀSSIM BLUES FESTIVAL (Benicàssim)

 

 

Sea & Inland

The province of Castellón is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain, thanks to its stunning coastline and surprising interior. With its 120 km of beaches bathed by the Mediterranean, it is a paradise for lovers of the sun and the sea.

The beaches of Castellón are very popular among tourists for their crystal clear waters and their fine white sand. In addition, there is a wide variety of sports and leisure activities available, such as diving, sailing, surfing, kite surfing, and many more.

But the province of Castellón is not only a beach, it is also one of the most mountainous provinces in Spain. With natural parks such as Tinença de Benifassà, Penyagolosa, Sierra de Espadán, Desierto de las Palmas and Sierra Calderona, the province has a unique interior full of protected natural and landscape values.

Enthusiasts of hiking and cycling routes will find in Castellón a perfect place to enjoy nature in all its splendor. The Penyagolosa Natural Park, for example, is a must-see for nature lovers.

With its stunning panoramic views, it is a hiker’s paradise. Visitors can also discover the province’s beautiful mountain villages, where local cuisine and hospitality can be enjoyed.

 

 

 

Interesting Activities

Discover the rich culture of Castellón! You have exciting cultural activities, delicious dining experiences and exciting sporting events. Immerse yourself in the charm of the province and explore the culinary paradise of Castellón.

Let yourself be seduced by its unique flavors! Turn your visit into an unforgettable experience full of flavor and fun!

Here are some interesting ideas:

  • Wine cellar route
  • Benicassim Karting Grand Prix
  • Excursion to Columbretes Islands
  • Wine tourism and oil tourism
  • Skydiving
  • Visit to the caves of San José