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Castellón

In the north of the Valencia region, the Castellón province has a coastline of 120 km lining the shores of the Mediterranean. This doesn’t prevent it from being Spain’s second most-mountainous province, located between the foothills of the Iberian System and the Catalan coastal mountain range.

From the city of Castellón, Penyagolosa Trails travels a long way to Sant Joan de Penyagolosa, which provides an opportunity to get to know Castellón inland. Nature, mountains and historic trails and routes allow you to discover countless towns with a rich historical, artistic, gastronomic and cultural heritage.

Among all of Castellón’s mountains, Penyagolosa Trails has the privilege of enjoying the one that gives it its name.
The Penyagolosa

Among all of Castellón’s mountains, Penyagolosa Trails has the privilege of enjoying the one that gives it its name. The Penyagolosa, known as Gegant de Pedra (Giant Stone), is a peak 1814 meters high and located in the Penyagolosa Natural Park, with a land mass of about 1,100 hectares. It is a magical setting for the MiM and the CSP.

At the heart of the Penyagolosa stands the Ermitorio de Sant Joan de Penyagolosa, which is the destination of pilgrimages from surrounding villages, and which is enveloped by a myriad of stories and legends.

Surrounded by great natural wealth, the trail runs through a landscape formed by steep hills parallel to the coast, with deep ravines and wide swaths of shrub, holms and pine forests. Its significant elevation change affords a progressive change in vegetation, which has gradually adapted to the altitude and, therefore, to the mountain’s harsh continental climate.

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Camins de Penyagolosa

The Penyagolosa wants to go one step further and, for that, they are working toward international recognition. Camins de Penyagolosa hopes to have the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to declare it a World Heritage site. To achieve this would be to recognize it as a site of exceptional universal value.

This place has significance. It is the sanctuary dedicated to San Juan Bautista and is located in the outskirts of the Penyagolosa. A symbolic sanctuary that has been the destination of pilgrimages that date back to the XIV century and to which routes originate from different municipalities.

Today, many of these routes have disappeared. But others have survived over time or have been restored through the commitment of surrounding villages. This is the case of Els Pelegrins of Les Useres or the pilgrimages of Culla, Vistabella and Xodos. Religious routes and historic means of communication await declaration as a World Heritage site in order to continue guarding it as an archaeological, architectural, ecological and ethnological heritage.

Patronato de Turismo de Castellón
Castellón
Borriol
Vilafamés
Useres
Lucena del Cid
Atzeneta del Maestrat
Benafigos
Culla
Xodos
Villahermosa del Río
Vistabella del Maestrat