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Top Choice Tapas in Castellón

Bodega La Guindilla

Sit around barrels, grab an outdoor table or head downstairs to the dining room at this bright corner spot, an expansion of its crowded Calle Barracas tapas bar. There's a seafood focus, but everything is delicious …
Top Choice Spanish in Morella

Daluan

Daluan is run by Avelino Ramón, a cookery teacher by trade, and his wife Jovita: a very friendly team! Its small upstairs interior is satisfyingly contemporary and its terrace, filling a quiet alley, is equally rela…
Top Choice Valencian in Sant Mateu

Farga

This quality restaurant at a former monastery perched on a hill 2.5km from town offers sublime views of the surrounding plain from its terrace, and a characterful vaulted interior space. It's run by a friendly young…
Top Choice Park in Peñíscola

Sierra de Irta

To escape the summer crowds, seek solitude in the Sierra de Irta. Running south from Peñíscola, it’s both nature park and protected marine reserve, best explored on foot or by mountain bike. You can attack the full …
Top Choice Music in Benicàssim

Festival Internacional de Benicàssim

Fans gather by the tens of thousands for this annual four-day bash, one of Europe’s major outdoor music festivals. Top acts in recent years have included some classic names, but the majority are up-to-the-minute act…
Castle in Morella

Castillo de Morella

Though badly knocked about, Morella’s castle well merits the long wiggly ascent to savour breathtaking views of the town and surrounding countryside. Built by the Moors, it was regularly remodelled and saw action in…
Tapas in Benicàssim

El Charquito

Draw a Spanish bar from muscle memory and this is what you get: hanging hams, strings of garlic and peppers, orderly family frenzy behind the counter, seafood gleaming on ice and a cosy conviviality. The food is ver…
Spanish in Sant Mateu

La Perdi

Our favourite place for a traditional meal in the centre of Sant Mateu, the Perdi has been run for generations by the same family. A couple of set menus and solid à la carte options showcase warming regional cuisine…
Nature Reserve in Benicàssim

Desierto de les Palmes

The twisting, climbing CV147 leads, after about 6km, to this occasionally misty inland range – cooler than the coast – with a Carmelite monastery and first-class restaurant at its heart. Nowadays it's a nature reser…
Church in Sant Mateu

Iglesia Arciprestal

Just off the plaza, this Gothic village church has a Romanesque portal and a fine interior. The frescoed neo-classical side chapel has a macabre reliquary with a skeleton apparently dressed for a local Moorish and C…