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Fountain outside a historic cathedral in Castellon de la Plana, Spain.

Castellon de la Plana, Spain

If you're seeking Old-World charm, fine food and breathtaking natural beauty, the historic city of Castellón de la Plana is the place for you. Beautiful beaches with the finest sand in Spain combine with a perfect Mediterranean climate to make this a popular destination year round. Head to the marina for shopping, fine dining and to stroll the waterfront on a traditional Spanish paseo. For the outdoorsy visitor, there are stunning mountain views and great hiking trails, nearby medieval villages and plenty of Roman ruins and Gothic architecture to keep you occupied. Castellón itself grew from a solitary Moorish castle with a few inhabitants into a busy small community known as the Old Quarter. The newer section of Castellón now includes a university, a large town hall with a lovely Italian-inspired facade and a now-defunct hemp-trading hall. When it comes to eating and drinking, the city is known for fresh seafood, its farmers market and wines that may blow your mind, but not your budget. Be sure to make time for an excursion to Morella and Vilafames, two of Spain’s most charming small towns.