CASTELLON HIGHLIGHTS

Our Guided tour Castellon highlights is a private tour with an official tourist guide to the city of Castellon de la Plana, which is located 1 hour driving time from Valencia. Castellon is the place where the ancient traditions and the modernity are intertwining. During our guided tour we will delve into the history of the most important monuments and enjoy the Art Nouveau architecture of Castellon. We will learn about the the history of local ceramic production and we will observe important sculptural and pictorial works produced by local artists. The contemporary sculptor and painter Juan Garcia Ripolles is one of the most famous of them.

We will start our promenade through historical part of Castellon from Ribalta Park which is beautiful green garden located in the middle of the town designed at the end of the 19th century as a response to the economic awakening of the city. The park is welcoming tired passengers from Valencia or Sagunto who arrive to Castellon by train.

Then we will visit the Independence Square where one of the most important modernist landmarks of Castellon is located – the so called La Farola (literally Streetlight) designed by the architect Francisco Maristany. In the same square there is also one of the best-known modernist houses of Castellon known as The Stork House for its particular ceramic decoration.

We will continue our walk to the Huerto Sogueros Square to enjoy some of the most important works of the local artist Juan Garcia Ripolles. After being surprised by the magic of his sculptures, we will stop in front of the monument dedicated to the King Jaimes I of Aragon. This monument commemorates the foundation of the city of Castellon de la Plana. The city was established in its current location in 1251 thanks to the founding letter of the Aragonese king who allowed the settlers of yesteryear to move from the mountainous area to the current location located much closer to the Mediterranean Sea. This historical fact of the foundation of Castellon is commemorated annually by celebration the Magdalena Festival.

At the Tetuan Square we will see the Post Office Building, which is an impressive modernist work with various decorative elements made in the neo-Mudejar style, designed by Valencian architect Demetrio Ribes.

We will walk through the commercial streets of the center of Castellon and we will approach the former Hemp Market which was built at the beginning of the 17th century as a result of the commercial progress of the city. The building was originally designed by architect Francisco Galiança in a Renaissance style.

Then we will continue our Guided tour Castellon Highlights visiting the Main Square of Castellon, which is the most important historical space in the city. Here we will see:

  • The City Hall building originally built at the end of the 17th century and completely redecorated at the beginning of the 20th century.
  • The Co-Cathedral of Saint Mary, which currently has the Neo-Gothic style, although originally the temple was built between the 13th and 15th centuries in the Valencian Gothic style. Completely burned during the Spanish Civil War, the Co-Cathedral was rebuilt after the war following the project of the architect Francisco Tomas Traver.
  • The El Fadri bell tower, which is an authentic symbol of Castellon. The bell tower was built between the 15th and 16th centuries and is almost 60 meters high.
  • The Central Market which is located inside of the beautiful modernist building inaugurated in 1949 and designed by the architect Francisco Maristany. The Market is the best place where you can see and enjoy local products of Castellon coming both from the countryside and the sea.

During our walk through historical center of Castellon we will also visit Puerta del Sol Square where in the past was located one of the gates of the medieval protection wall. Here we will enjoy the beautiful modernist facades of the Bank of Castellon and the Old Casino building. Both buildings are authentic architectural gems. Nearby is located La Paz Square where we will see the Main Theater. By the way, this square historically was crossing the popularly called La Panderola – the old steam tram that use to link the city center with the Port de Castellon.

We will finish our walk through historical center of Castellon at the Maria Agustina Square where is huge and old ficus tree decorated with the coat of arms of different towns of the Province of Castellon. This decoration is made with the local artisan ceramic tiles. At the same square we can also see some remains of the medieval fortifications.

At the end of our promenade through historical center of Castellon we will make the transfer on our vehicle to Basilica of Our Lady of Lidon. Along the way we will see impressive sculptures of Tombatossals, Bufanuvols and Arrancapins. All of them are fictional characters from the literary work of the local writer Josep Pascual Tirado. When visiting inside the Basilica of our Lady of Lidon we will learn about interesting history of the patroness of Castellon. The devotion to this virgin started in 1366 and still continues very strong nowadays.

After visiting the Basilica of our Lady of Lidon we will make the transfer by our vehicle to El Grao of Castellon (port area). Archaeological remains discovered here confirm the presence of commercial activity already in the Iberian and Roman times, that is  to say more than 2000 years ago. Nowadays El Grao is an important commercial area with its fishing and nautical port, as well as a center of leisure and gastronomy.

We recommend to complete our Guided tour Castellon Highlights with the lunch in one of the restaurants located at the El Grao of Castellon. Local cuisine is famous for wide variety of rice dishes, fresh seafood and fish and local wines and craft beers.

Details of the private guided tour
Castellon Highlights

Our Guided tour Castellon highlights is a private tour which is perfect for individual tourists, families, friends, cruise passengers, organized groups and MICE.

Languages: English, Español, Русский, Italiano, Polski, Deutsch, Français, Nederlands, Português.

Availability: 365 days a year, any day from Monday to Sunday. However, you should keep in mind that on certain dates (national and local holidays, manifestations, restrictions, etc.) some or even all sights may be closed for tourist visits. Therefore, it is always better to check with us for availability of this guided tour before booking it for a specific date.

Duration: 4, 6, 8 or more hours. The duration of the tour depends also from the starting point.

Starting time: Suggested starting time in the morning is 09:00 or 10:00. This is private tour, so we can arrange the meeting time to any moment of the day.

Transport

For our private Guided tour Castellon highlights we need the transportation to be able to move from Valencia (or other starting point) to Castellon and come back in the end of the tour. Even if we start this tour directly from Castellon we need the transportation to move between different parts of the city. The part of Historical Center of Castellon is walking only. If you have your own transport we can use it for the tour. If not, we can organize a private transport for you: car, minivan, coach, accessible vehicle, limousine or even a classic car.

For the groups and MICE clients we can organize a private VIP coach service for the whole duration of the tour. Please check below our Transport Section for the different available options. If you need adapted transport please check our section of Accessible Vehicles for several available options.

Meeting place for the private guided tour
Castellon Highlights

This is private guided tour, so we can start it from any most convenient place for you. It could be: your hotel or apartments, restaurant, port or airport, train or bus station. Tell us what place is the most comfortable for you and we will meet there.

For the cruise passengers whose cruise ship is stopping in the Port of Valencia or Castellon, the best meeting point is directly at the Harbor of Valencia or Castellon. We will meet you at the closest possible place to the pier where your cruise ship is docking. In the end of the tour we will bring you back to the same point where we met or to any other place indicated by you.

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Itinerary of the private guided tour
Castellon Highlights

The itinerary of this tour depends on the booked duration and your personal preferences or interests. This is private tour, so we can completely readjust the itinerary to any available possibility.

We can start the tour from Valencia, Marina d’Or or any other place located at Costa de Valencia or Costa de Azahar. Also we can start this tour directly from Castellon.

Examples of suggested itineraries depending on the booked duration and starting point:

  • 6 hours guided tour from Valencia or Marina d’Or (without lunch): Transfer from Valencia or Marina d’Or to Castellon = 1 hour. Visiting historical center of Castellon + Basilica of our Lady Virgin of Lidon + Harbor of Castellon = 4 hours. Transfer back to Valencia or Marina d’Or = 1 hour. Total = 6 hours.
  • 8 hours guided tour from Valencia or Marina d’Or (with lunch): Transfer from Valencia or Marina d’Or Castellon = 1 hour. Visiting historical center of Castellon + Basilica of our Lady Virgin of Lidon + Harbor of Castellon = 4 hours. Lunch = 2 hours. Transfer back to Valencia or Marina d’Or = 1 hour. Total = 8 hours.
    • Note: starting this tour from Valencia or Marina d’Or we recommend to do it in 10 hours instead of 8 (of course if you have enough time). In this way we can dedicate 6 hours to enjoy properly the city of Castellon and its main monuments, visiting inside some of them.
  • 4 hours guided tour from Castellon (without lunch): This option is for the people who are staying directly at Castellon. Visiting historical center of Castellon + Basilica of our Lady Virgin of Lidon + Harbor of Castellon = 4 hours. Total = 4 hours.
  • 6 hours guided tour from Castellon (with lunch): This option is for the people who are staying directly at Castellon. Visiting historical center of Castellon + Basilica of our Lady Virgin of Lidon + Harbor of Castellon = 4 hours. Lunch = 2 hours. Total = 6 hours.
  • 8 hours guided tour from Castellon (with lunch): This option is for the people who are staying directly at Castellon. Visiting historical center of Castellon + Basilica of our Lady Virgin of Lidon + Harbor of Castellon = 6 hours. Lunch = 2 hours. Total = 8 hours.

Monuments we are going to visit from outside: Ribalta Park, Bull Ring, Huerto Soqueros Square, La Farola, Stork House, Post Office, Monument of King James I, Hemp Market building, Co-Cathedral of Saint Mary, City Hall Square, El Fadri bell tower, Old Casino, Bank of Castellon, Main Theater, Maria Agustina Square.

Monuments we are going to visit inside: Central Market, Basilica of our Lady Virgin of Lidon (optional).

Note: The order of the monuments to visit depends on several factors as: the meeting point, your personal interest or choice, opening hours, celebration of special events, day of the week, etc.

Lunch – Gastronomic tastings – Dinner

During our private Guided tour Castellon Highlights we can organize your lunch in one of the restaurants located at the Harbor area (La Grao of Castellon). Also we can organize gastronomic tasting of the local products as: wine, craft beer, ham, cheese, etc.

All restaurants an places we are working with were carefully selected by our Discovering Valencia team. So, if the lunch is an important part of the tour for you, please indicate us your requirements and wishes and we will provide you the most advisable options.

Price - Entrance tickets - Booking

Price: Our Guided tour Castellon Highlights is private, so the price depends on many different factors as: duration of the tour, date, language, amount of people in the group, number of necessary guides, day or night hours, entrance tickets, with or without transportation, type of required transportation, with or without lunch and/or gastronomic stops, etc. To receive our quotation, please Contact Us indicating clearly your requirements and we will send you our detailed quotation as soon as possible.

Paid entrance tickets: Up to your choice. This tour can be done visiting all monuments only from outside. But we recommend to visit inside Basilica of Our Lady Virgin of Lidon. For the individual tourists you can decide directly at the moment of doing the tour if you want or not entering inside of places. For the groups of 6 people or more is necessary to arrange entrance tickets in advance.

Booking: this is private tour, so booking is necessary in advance. You can do it preferably by email info@discovering-valencia.com or by WhatsApp +34 687 025 082 / +34 607 360 343 / +34 663 419 931. Once you booked the tour, please recheck our confirmation and conditions of payment.

Accessibility – Recommendations

Accessibility: Our private Guided tour Castellon Highlights is suitable for the people with special physical requirements and wheelchair users. If you are one of these people, please indicate your specific condition when you are contacting us. If you need any special assistance please indicate us clearly what kind of assistance you may need during the tour.

For other accessible tours please check our specific selection of Accessible Tours in Valencia, Alicante and Castellon. Please keep in mind that not every tour in our website is accessible for the people with special physical requirements or wheelchair users. If you need adapted transport please check dedicated page to Accessible Vehicles in our Transport Section.

Children: This guided tour perfectly can be done with children. Just keep in mind that starting from Valencia or Marina d’Or the duration of the tour with lunch is minimum 8 hours.

Suggestions: This tour is mainly walking, so comfortable cloth and footwear is very advisable. In the summer season we recommend the use of adequate sun protection and carry a bottle of water.

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TRANSPORT OPTIONS FOR THE PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR
CASTELLON HIGHLIGHTS

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Mercedes Benz V Class minivan
Minibus 20-40 seats
Accessible minivan Ford
Limousine Venus
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