Castellón – Costa del Azahar
Castellón is the most northerly province of the Valencian Community and boasts 120kms of beautiful coastline, called the ´Costa del Azahar´, and has many superb sandy beaches and hidden coves. The name Costa del Azahar means orange blossom coast and was given to the area because of the orange tree groves that can be found inland from the coast and beaches. The province is also the second most mountainous in Spain with its interior offering a variety of landscapes, natural areas, heritage, gastronomy and Spanish traditions. Castellón could easily be described as the ´real Spain´ – that many foreign buyers are looking for.
Castellón has its own airport that is serviced by Ryanair flights, linking the region to the UK and other northern European countries. Alternatively, Castellón can be accessed via an approx. 1.5 hour drive from Reus and Valencia airports.
Starting from the north of the Costa del Azahar we have Vinarós, situated about an hour´s drive away from Reus airport and 40 min from Castellon airport. Vinarós is the capital of the area and offers 12kms of beautiful beaches and coves, excellent seafood and cuisine (Vinarós is most famous for its prawns), vibrant shopping and a wide range of cultural, entertainment and leisure activities.
Heading south we have Peníscola. Peníscola town is one of the most popular resorts in Castellón. Surrounded by sea on three sides, its famous castle, medieval walls and winding streets make this a wonderful place to visit; with markets, a fishing port and lots of restarants.
Built in the 13th century by the Knights Templar, the castle is Peníscola’s main sight and was used for the 1961 filming of El Cid – starring Chalton Heston and Sophie Loren. Peniscola also hosts an annual comedy film festival.
Outside of the castle walls, Peníscola is a modern, busy beach resort with apartments and hotels and about 8kms of family friendly, blue flag beaches. Also, for golfers the Sant Jordi Golf resort is about 20km inland from Peníscola.
Further south along the coast we come to the seaside village of Alcossebre. Alcossebre is a smaller resort than Peníscola and again is very Spanish with lots of restaurants and shops. Because of the Natonal Park situated between Peníscola and Alcossebre nearly all of the properties are within walking distance of the beach. There are a few camp sites in the area and the region has good winter sun and nice beaches.
Ending in the south of the Costa del Azahar, we come to Benicàssim, situated about 30mins from Castellon airport and 55mins from Valencia airport. Benicàssim has an ´old town´ and very long beaches. This is a popular resort and is very Spanish and quite upmarket, with lots of second residential homes. Many Spanish families move from the city to the coast for the summer (especially during August), with Valencia City being less than an hour away.
Benicàssim is famous for its summer music festivals and so offers very good rental potencial during the festival months of July and August – 90% of festival goers in July are British and Europe’s biggest reggie festival takes place in August.
Benicàssim property ranges from aparment blocks to luxury villas.
Where is Castellón?
Castellón is the most northerly province of the Valencian Community and boasts 120kms of beautiful coastline.
Castellón has its own airport linking the region to the UK and other northern European countries. Alternatively, Castellón can be accessed via an approx. 1.5 hour drive from Reus and Valencia airports.
Castellón in a Nutshell
In a nutshell, Castellón can be classed as the ´real Spain´ – inland and on the coast. There are expats sprinkled in and around these areas, with English newspapers etc. available, but not like in some other resorts where there are more expats than Spanish. Castellón enjoys nice winter sun and temperatures, great food, great beaches, offers many cycling and rambling routes and is easily accessible by aeroplane, train and motoway links.