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We arrive into Valencia airport, meet our coach, and transfer by road (approx. 1 hour) to our hotel in the lovely sea-side resort of Benicassim. Depending on our arrival time, there may be the opportunity of an orientation walk before we have dinner in the hotel's restaurant.
Located inland, behind Benicassim, is the Desert de les Palmes Natural Park, which is our destination for today. Our walk takes us into the evergreen NP where we see the remains of a Carmelite monastery, old hermitage and wonderful views over the Castellon coastline, including the thousands of orange trees, from where this part of the Spanish coast gets its name. 8kms; 4 hours; A/D 445m
Later this afternoon we'll enjoy a walk along the extensive Benicassim promenade alongside the blue-flag beach and seeing the Belle Epoque architecture of the impressive sea front villas and historical buildings.
A slightly longer drive today takes us to the Serra d'Espada Natural Park, described as a Mediterranean jungle. Our route takes us through a vast array of vegetation and wildlife. We'll see oak forests, water mills, ravines and learn about the old cork industry. We also have time for a visit to the medieval Muslim village of Ain. Today's walk is top of grade, perhaps venturing into a grade 5, but it will be taken at a gentle pace. 14.5kms, 6 hours, A/D 750m
Today we'll explore the Serra d'Irta, the last and longest unspoilt stretch of the coastline. As we walk in the direction of the town of Peniscola we'll discover the Mediterranean shrub eco-system, view old defensive towers and see impressive limestone cliffs. The undulating path passes small secluded coves, set against the backdrop of the hillside. 13kms; 5 hours; A/D 90m
The medieval city and castle of Peniscola can be seen in the distance as we walk and we'll have time to explore the town and enjoy a tasting of locally produced artisan beer before returning to Benicassim.
Today is a free day for you to explore on your own. You may wish to relax by the hotel pool, go to the beach or follow part of the Via Verde along the coast from Benicassim to Orpesa. The cities of Castellon and Valencia can be reached by train if you prefer a day of culture and tapas.
Today we travel furthest from Benicassim to explore the Millennial Olive Tree route in the north of the province. This part of the region, as well as producing a wide variety of olives and oils, is also an area that produces grapes and cereals. Our route takes through the olive groves, with some of the trees hundreds of years old, to a Royal Sanctuary, where we have time for a visit and a wonderful lunch of locally sourced ingredients. This is an area of history, nature and legends as we will discover with our guide. 9kms; 4 hours A/D 110
As we include lunch today, dinner will be on your own giving you the opportunity to wander into the old town for tapas.
The Serra d'Engalceran offers a typical Castellon rural landscape with great examples of dry and wet vegetation, remains of countryside architecture and an insight to the inner part of this province and its old crafts. It is a different landscape than we have visited so far. Vilafames is considered one of the prettiest villages of the region, built almost entirely in red sandstone, and we will have time to stop here to see the village and the Paleolithic rock paintings. 9.5kms; 4 hours; A/D 350m
After breakfast, we say our farewells to Castellon, and travel by coach to Valencia airport.