The Costa del Azahar or “Orange Blossom Coast” is the Spanish Costa that makes up the province of Castellón. This Costa extends from the town of Vinaròs in the north, some 115 km south to the town of Almenara.
Costa del Azahar Towns and Villages
The Costa del Azahar is more unspoiled than some of the other areas to the north and south. This area also retains much of rich history and culture. This beautiful stretch of coastline boasts some magnificent beaches. Overcrowding is rarely a problem here, not even during the summer months.
There are historic castles and architecture here, reminiscent of the Moorish occupation. Below is more information about the popular towns and villages found on the Costa del Azahar.
Peñíscola is known as “City in the Sea” and in some places the “Gibraltar of Valencia”. This town is connected to the mainland by a narrow strip of land. This fascinating small Spanish town is a fortified Sea Port with a Lighthouse.
The local population is around 8500 inhabitants with a land mass of 79 km or 31 square miles. One of the most striking attractions on offer is Peñiscola Castle that rises above the Sea and town below. The castle was built by the Knights Templar between 1294 – 1307. Along with the medieval walls that help to fortify the town.
Costa de Azahar Map
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Benicarló is a pretty seafaring town located to the north of Peñíscola to the south of Vinaròs. The small port houses some 50 fishing boats and small yachts. Benicarló is famous for it’s production of Artichokes. Some 7,500,000 Kg produced each year.
There are three main beaches in this small town. These include Mar Chica, Playa del Morrongo and Playa la Caracola. Mar Chica is a pebble beach whilst the other two are fine golden sand beaches. Both sandy beach have blue flag certification.
There are several popular markets that are worth checking out. The central market is lies in the market square. The two smaller markets that open on Wednesdays. The beautiful Iglesia de San Bartolomé (picture above) is one of the top attractions here. Hiking and cycling are popular activities in this area also.