JARDINES DEL PUERTO
Excursions of interest
There are wonderful sights and locations surrounding
the area outside Alcocebre.
Alcocéber or ‘Alcossebre’ are actually the same
place but with different spelling.
Indeed the COSTA DEL AZAHAR is famous
for its orange and almond plantations as well as it’s coast
line and beaches. With a car you can travel north up the coast towards
the El Cid castle at Peniscola,
the amazing coastal Roman city
of Tarragona and the art centre of N E Spain- Barcelona or south
towards the paella centre Valencia, shopping and the old Roman
viaducts of Castellon.
Going west, however takes you into the high Sierras or plains with
glorious sights, castles or churches
on hilltops, medieval monestaries
or pretty traditional Spanish towns- like Morella-each with their
markets, local arts and culture.
Discovery Tours organise trips in a chauffeur
driven Mercedes People Carrier to many destinations including Port
Aventura & Terra
Mitica Adventure Park, various mountain trips, city shopping trips
the Ebro Delta wildlife park.
Ask at Vanessa Van Camp’s
office or ring Discovery Tours on 964 41 4695.
If you prefer to drive yourself - here are some
A trip to CASTELLON
Take CV 340 to Castellon –famous for it’s
Roman history, viaduct and theatre. There are signs from the
motorway to key Roman sites.
On entering the city go to the centre.
In the centre is an underground car park where you can most easily
park your car.
Close to the car park there is a pleasant
place for coffee “Café Roma”.
From here, within a short distance, you can visit a number of interesting
places including churches and museums.
In the town centre is the Plaza Major in which
stands THE FADRI TOWER separate from, but part of the CATHEDRAL
OF SANTA MARIA.
Also adjacent to the square is the MUNICIPAL MARKET.
Visit to MORELLA
MORELLA is a fortified, hilltop town, Roman in origin but much occupied
and modified by other powers throughout the centuries.
The town is dominated by its Castle, which stands
like a great Christmas Cake above its housing and church, when viewed
from a distance on the approach road.
The town remains protected by
its wall and defensive towers which appear to be very much in their
through the streets of the town one is conscious of the little change
that the centuries seem to have imposed upon the place, not only
from the buildings but also from the impression one gains from the
We spent some
three to four hours in the town visiting among others, the Castle
and the magnificent church the High Altar of which is quite unique.
An excellent meal can be had in the restaurant
of the hotel “Cardenal
Ram “ the menu of the day is recommended.
From Las Fuentes follow the N340 to Vinaros and then the N232 to
Morella . Driving time about one and a half hours. The road winds
through mountainous scenery with pleasing, constantly changing
views until Morella can be seen standing upon its defensive hill.
As an alternative route one can return to Las Fuentes via the CV12,CV15.
The road is winding but presents many magnificent views. From the
C238 branch off in the region of Castellon and take the N340 to
the Alcocebre turn off.
Driving time about 2 hrs each way,
Monday is a quiet day as most of the shops are closed on this day,
however there is an advantage in this as the town has less visitors
Trip to the church on the hill
On the highest hill in the area stands a large
white building. In the past it has possibly been a church or a monastery.
From this location it is possible to view a magnificent panorama
embracing both the coastline and the coastal towns, while the major
agricultural area is laid out in a birds eye view on the other side
of the hill.
In addition to the magnificent panorama Sunrise
and Sunset can be spectacular from this vantage point.
From the apartment turn right out of the car park, at the roundabout
take the first exit, go to the end of the road turn left to the roundabout,
(by Vanessa Van Camp’s office) take the first exit and then
the second road to the left . Continue on this road until you come
to a dead end sign on the road, take the road immediately on your
left and continue on this until you reach the car park of the Church.
time about 15 - 20 minutes.
A visit to ALCALA CASTLE.
Alcala Castle is situated some 10 miles west from the apartment
Go to the N340 and take the direction towards Benicarlo, after passing
under the railway bridge look out for a signpost on your right that
indicates the way to the castle.
The castle is in the state of major renovation and cannot be entered
at all times; the location itself however is worth a visit as one
is able to walk around the site from which there are quite spectacular
views over the surrounding countryside.
Afterwards do drive into Alcala itself (look for the church spire)
where the church is well worth a visit. Alcala is typical small town
and the parish church Sant Joan Baptista remains the centre piece
for this little place. Please note- its weekly market is a great
place to buy fresh vegetables and fruit.
Alcala is a useful route direction for driving
west into the ‘out
of the way’ sierras. This can take you right into very quite,
barren areas punctures from time to time with arrivals at hill top
little towns, many churches, dried river beds and stunning views
across the deserted landscapes. If you follow a map you can comfortably
end up in Morella- approaching it from the west side.
We highly recommend a day driving in this region but take a camera,
a Spanish phrase book, a good small scale map (there’s usually
one in the apartment) and please do fill the car up before you leave!
time to Alcala 15 minutes
Ceramic Display & Shop
Only 10 minutes drive from the apartment,
on the N340 road towards Castellon, there is on the left hand side
of the road a large display of ceramics and pottery and gifts-not
activity but this is very local for some quick gifts.
Shops associated with the displays provide an
opportunity to purchase ceramics and other goods and there is also
a well serviced petrol garage next door. This is a good price garage
and ideal for topping up before getting onto the motorway or traveling
west into the more deserted areas.
Visit to PEÑISCOLA
Some twenty minutes drive up the coast north from the apartment
is the city of PEÑISCOLA .
Peñiscola is a gorgeous mediaeval walled town built on a promontory.
In the fourteenth century, its castle was the stronghold of the antipope
Pedro de Luna, Benedict XIII. It was used to represent a Moorish
Valencia in the film "El Cid" (yes, the one with Charlton
Heston). It has a thriving tourist industry, its hotel-backed wide
beaches running almost unbrokenly up to Benicarló.
Dominated by the Castle you can visit and
walk throughout the fort, seeing exhibits, the pope’s rooms,
the roof terrace and military rooms and dungeons. From the upper
walls of the top you get an impressive view of the whole city and
There is an excellent choice of bars, small snack places and of
course a few good restaurants - in particular there are some super
sea food restaurants to be tried to your fancy.
Take the N340 in the direction of Benicarlo and follow the road to
Driving Time 20 minutes
Pictures from Chris Meek
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