Going ashore in Castellón, Spain

Going ashore in Castellon

Castellón is a beautiful artificial harbour serving the city of Castellón de la Plana, situated in the middle of a fertile plain, ~ 70 km NE of Valencia. If you arrive with your vessel in this port, you should try your best and go out for a few hour walk around the city.

Walking is allowed inside the terminal, but the exit gate is quite far from any pier and the last thing you need is waste some precious time walking among big trucks and cranes.

There is no shuttle bus service available (yet), but all kind of private cars are allowed to enter the port and you can easily get a lift in one of these cars moving around in all directions. People are extremely friendly and anybody can take you to the gate – outside working hours (during break times or when the shifts are changing). All you have to do is ask this favour from one of the workers or one of the visitors coming on board (planner, agent). You can also have a taxi coming to take you out of the port and into the city and you can always ask one of the stevedores to call one for you. Taxis are quite cheap everywhere in Spain and they are allowed to come exactly on the pier in the port of Castellón.

Depending on you available time, you have two choices where and how to spend it.

If you do not want to go too far from the port or you just have to be close in case you are needed, the small area around the port can be the perfect solution. This area is called Castellón Grau, it belongs to the city of Castellón de la Plana and it is known best by the name of ‘el puerto’. Here you can find a very good display of small shops, a big supermarket (Mercadona) and many nice restaurants where you can have a delicious and cheap meal.

If your free time is more generous, you can put a 4 km distance between you and your vessel and ‘venture’ yourself into the city of Castellón de la Plana. The taxi will take you there in less than 10 minutes (for ~ 10 euros) along a new and fast highway, or following the old road (in a perfect condition also).

Castellón de la Plana is a beautiful, peaceful and colourful city with a wonderful climate all year round.

You can spend a few hours wandering around the narrow streets close to the centre, visiting some beautiful and picturesque squares, admiring new and old buildings which mingle perfectly, offering a unique and tranquil atmosphere.

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The most important square of the city is Plaça Major where you can find the City Hall building, the gothic Church of Santa Maria with its 50 meter tall Tower and the Central Market (Mercado Central).

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Mercado Central is one of the most beautiful, colorful and cleanest market I have ever seen, similar to the one in Valencia, but only a little smaller.

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Here you’ll have the chance to admire a wonderful display of products, beautifully and wisely arranged – fruits, vegetables, diary products, wines, sweets, dried fruits and mushrooms, different types of meat, souvenirs, honey –most of which are produced locally.

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It is absolutely normal for a sea city to have a great variety of fish available in the market and Mercado Central from Castellón de la Plana is a wonderful example in this way. The most interesting and crowded area of the Mercado Central is the fish and seafood department where lots of common, interesting, rare and even strange ‘creatures’ are on sale, especially in the morning.

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Castellón de la Plana is a beautiful city and can be also a perfect holiday destination for the hot summer time or for a mild and warm winter.

 Recommendations:

Shopping:

  • El Corte Ingles (a six story high shopping Mall, 5 minute ride from Plaça Major)
  • Carrefour Supermarket (there is one bigger just before entering the city and other smaller ones around the city – one in Plaça Cardona Vives)
  • Primadona Supermarket in Grau Castellón

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One Response to Going ashore in Castellón, Spain

  1. Esmeralda* says:

    …keep on…photo-posting 🙂

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