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Things to Do in Costa del Azahar
Costa del Azahar Attractions


Costa del Azahar, which means the coast of orange blossom is located in the province of Castellón on the eastern side of Spain neighboring Catalonia to the north, Aragon to the west and Valencia to the south. There are numerous things to do in Costa del Azahar.

As for popular towns to visit and see; Castellón de la Plana
is the most popular and the capital city of the region.  Peníscola, Benicàssim and Burriana are the other well known towns of Costa del Azahar. Benicàssim is a nice holiday resort in Costa del Azahar having a 6 km. fine sandy beaches. Peniscola is the leading beach holiday resort of the Castellón province with its beautiful beaches. Besides the coastal towns, the inland towns are also remarkable and worth to visit such as Sant Mateu capital of the Baix Maestrat district, Morella with its walls covering the area with a monumental sight is worth a visit.

As for beaches and water sports in Costa del Azahar; Costa del Azahar coasts offer great water sports activities such as sailing, windsurfing, jet skiing, fishing, water-skiing, scuba diving, rowing, as well as competitions and regattas. The best Costa del Azahar beaches include; the El Pinar beach in Castellón de la Plana; L'Arenal beach in Buriana; Morro de Gos beach in Oropesa del Mar (Orpesa) and Sud de Benicassim beach (Heliópolis) in Benicàssim.

Leisure time activities for children can to be found at the Castellón Planetarium which is opened in 1991 near Pinar beach that include permanent exhibitions and daily shows projected onto the artificial night sky in the dome. Also the Aquarama aquapark in Benicàssim and the 40-minute boat trip along the subterranean waterways of St. Joseph’s Caverns at La Vall d’Uixó are the other options.

In addition; Peniscola Castle; the Torre del Rey (King’s Tower) in Oropesa is another nice  Costa Azahar attractions.

The Columbretes Islands is located about 30 nautical miles off the coastline. This picturesque group of islands forms a horseshoe and is protected as a nature reserve. For the ones interested in photography or just scuba diving, this is a ‘must visit’ place and in the summer season the "Barracuda" boat sails daily from Las Fuentes Marina.

Costa del Azahar is also an attractive destination for golf lovers. Golfers can choose from any of three courses along the coast.

As for shopping in Costa del Azahar; Ceramics and cloth handicrafts are the most popular item to be bought in Costa del Azahar. In addition, the town Morella is good at textile industry.

As for entertainment and nightlife in Costa del Azahar; the nightlife in Costa del Azahar is centered on fashionable clubs and bars where people meet, chat and listen to music over a drink. In the summer times the nightlife becomes more lively in the seaside towns, beachfronts and the holiday resorts such as Benicàssim and Burriana beachfront together with Castellón dockside. Nice discothèques, clubs, bars and pubs offer nice environment.

As for cultural events in Costa del Azahar; summer season is the best time of the year for all open-air cultural events and festivals in Costa del Azahar. In August,  the Ancient and Baroque Music Festival in the Castle of Pope Luna in Peñíscola; in June, the International Comedy Film Festival in Peñíscola are the liveliest spots. In Benicàssim, the International Indyrock Festival (Festival Internacional de Benìcassim -FIB) in July and the Francisco Tárrega International Guitar Competition in September are a must and they are one of the popular major events drawing contestants from all around the world.

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