Do not let the industrialised surroundings of Almassora put you off going there. This is a town with interesting potential, especially now that the Castellon Airport opens late 2014/early 2015. The old town has some lovely buildings and a labyrinth of streets named after saints. There are also a number of buildings that could do with some TLC, but for those who are visual, it is not hard to imagine how this part of the town could look when these façades have had a makeover.

The name Almassora comes from the Latin word “mansio” which means stopping place or inn. Typically Mediterranean, the town is split by the river Mijares, and it mixes the modern with the old, the natural with the industrialised. Some of its top attractions are its old town, the Hermitage of Santa Quiteria, which is located in an area of natural beauty, various churches and chapels, some museums, its beaches and an area of ecological importance at the mouth of the river Mijares. In Spanish the name of the town is Almazora.

Part of the Via Augusta, it has a population of around 24,000 and its main economic activity is the ceramic industry. In the last few decades it has become increasingly industrialised, however today you can still enjoy a stroll around the old town of Almassora, plus its areas of great natural beauty and of course relax on one of its lovely beaches.

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La Villa – The Old Town – all over Spain the old town is often called El Casco Antiguo

Around the streets Burriana, d’Arremur and Colon there are remnants of the medieval wall that surrounded the old town of Almassora. You can still see porches in the square that date from the 15th century.

From more modern times, there are also a number of eclectic modernist buildings which stand out proudly in the town. The two that especially caught my eye are the Casa del Doctor Castell (House of Doctor Castell) and the Edifici de la Caixa Rural (Building of the Rural Bank.)

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Things To Do

Archaeological Civilisations

Torrelló de Boverot

Archaelogical excavations have taken place at the Torelló de Boverot and it is evident that there was a village at the site which dates back to 1200 B.C and lasted up until around 160 to 140 B.C. The excavations also show that during this time there were phases of occupation which then come to an end when other people arrive and destroy the habitat.

Architectural Interest

Edifici de la Caixa Rural – Rural Bank Building

This impressive building was inaugurated on 21st May 1929, and has since become one of the most symbolic buildings of the town. It has an eclectic architectural style, with a very attractive facade, full of interesting decorative items.

Casa del doctor Castell – House of Doctor Castell

This eclectic modernist building dates to 1905, and was possibly built by the town architect of the time, Francisco Tomás Traver. It belonged to the same family who built the Serra Theatre.

L’Assut (in Spanish El Azud) – The Weir

Close to Santa Quiteria

Check out some remarkable engineering of this weir (underground dam) that diverts water to irrigate farms in Almassora and Castellón, as well as off to Nules and Burriana. It is thought to date back originally to the 17th century, with construction of the Assut for Almassora and Castellon beginning in 1886. There is also a carved masonry dam which opened in 1895, this was the work of Tomás Traver.

Puente Sobre el Río Mijares – Bridge over the River Mijares

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The bridge was built between 1784 and 1790 under the direction of the architect, Bartolomé Dalamau. It has 13 arches of 9 metres. Near the bridge you’ll find the monolith as described below.

Monolito – Monolith

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On the National road, N340, there is a monolith at the bridge near the river Mijares. It is dedicated to those who fought the French during the War of Independence, on 9th March 1810, in this location.

Beaches

Playa Pla de la Torre – Plan of the Tower Beach

Near the estuary of the River Mijares

This beach is 1000 metres long and 25 metres wide. There are some citrus groves in its interior and it is a mixture of sand and shingles. It is semi-urbanised.

Playa Benafelí – Benafeli Beach

North of Playa de la Torre

Located north of Playa de la Torre, this beach is sandy, measuring around 1500 metres in length by 40 metres wide. You need to access it by the crossing called Sant Josep, it is quiet and tidy and has a kind of crescent shape.

Churches

Iglesia Parroquial de la Natividad – Parish Church of the Nativity

Plaza de la Iglesia, 1

Built during the late 17th century in Baroque style , the Iglesia Parroquial de la Natividad was extended in 1864 when the Chapel of Communion was constructed. On the facade which faces the square you can see a Roman tombstone which dates back to 1st or 2nd century A.D. Inside there is a single nave and chapels, plus you can see the relic of Saint Quiteria, who was a 5th century martyr and virgin.

Iglesia del Cristo del Calvario – Church of Christ Stations of the Cross

Avda. José Ortiz, 2

You’ll find this church just by the Convent of the Poor Clare Nuns (Convento de las Monjas Clarisas) where there is a magnificent image of Christ Crucified by Juan Bautista Porcar.

Hermitages

Ermitorio de Santa Quiteria – Hermitage of Santa Quiteria

Santa Quiteria, 4km from the town

This is one of the most popular shrines of the area, loved by locals and visitors alike, in a lovely setting. Go upstream, keeping to the left of the river, you’ll find the hermitage close to the bridge which has the same name. Different sources refer to the spot since at least the 14th century, and it served as a hospital for those affected by the plague between 1647 and 1652. The building you see today dates back to 1683, when work began, which was later interrupted by the War of Succession to be later conintued and concluded in 1726 by José Vilallave.

Santa Quiteria is the patron saint of the town and her saint day falls on 22nd May. On this day there is a pilgrimmage to the hermitage and chapel, and her image is brought to the town and remains there until the third Sunday of June. It is then brought back to the hermitage and there are celebrations, which include risotto dishes for the pilgrims.

Ermita de Sant Antoni – Hermitage of Saint Anthony

Camí la Mar

Restored in 1984, the hermitage can be found 1.5km south east from the town. There is a blue tiled dome, and Baroque facade, cornice and gable ends. Inside there are wooden beams and stone benches. The altarpiece features the patron, Saint Anthony of Padua, as well as a painting of Saint Anthony of Abad. The saint’s feast day falls on the first Sunday of August.

Ermita de San Juan Bautista – Hermitage of Saint John the Baptist

Next to La Torre Beach

Built on the site of an old abandoned chapel, this modern temple was built in 1960. It is a simple cube structure with a wooden door. The small chapel only opens in the holiday season.

Ermita de San José – Hermitage of Saint Joseph

San Rafael 185

This also opens during the summer months to serve the holiday makers. It was built in 1912, although the bell has the date 1726, with an inscription to Saint Domingo de Soriano. It is a small chapel, and inside you’ll find a sculpture by José Gozalbo. It is located at the junction between Camí Ben Afelí and the Travessa de Sant Josep.

Ermita de Roser del Mar – Chapel of Roser of the Sea

Xopar en la Mar

Manuel Granell Cotanda, who was the pastor of the Church of the Nativity, initiated the construction of this chapel, which was built between 1987 and 1993, for those staying in the holiday homes of the area. It is very bright and has a striking dome with large panoramic windows.

Museums

Museo Municipal de Almassora – Almassora Municipal Museum

Calle San Vicente, 47, Phone: 964 531 328, E-mail: torrello.museum@terra.es

Free Admission, Open Tuesday to Friday 10.00 to 14.00 and 16.00 to 18.30, Saturday 10.00 to 14.00

In the museum there are artefacts which were found during the archaeological dig at Torelló de Boverot.

Museo del Juguete – Toy Museum

Edificio de la Murá, Av. Burriana at the corner that meets Virgen de Tremedal, Phone: Tourist Office 964 551 887

Free Admission, Open Tuesday to Friday 09.30 to 14.00 and 16.00 to 18.00 (except Wednesday), Wednesday and Saturday 09.30 to 14.00

This is the first toy museum to have opened in the province of Castellon. Thanks to the Areños-Agut family, who have been collecting since 1940, the collection has around 150 pieces including dolls, planes and cars.

Natural Parks

Desembocadura del Mijares – Mouth of the River Mijares – Les Goles (the Goals)

This is a protected area, with a wetland landscape, noted for its beauty as well as ecological value. At the very final stretch where it flows into the sea, there is interesting aquatic vegetation and shallow lagoons. You can spot ducks, herons, gulls, marsh warblers and waders in the area. The zone is called Les Goles and up to 207 different bird species have been recorded there, however this was a few years ago.

Where to Sleep

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Events

Markets

All year:

Tuesday and Friday at the central market, located at the Plaza de España.

Summer:

There are markets on Sundays in the beach area.

Transport

Airports

Below are the most convenient airports for accessing Almassora

Distance from Alcossebre to Castellon Airport: 40 km

At the time of writing Ryanair will be serving this airport from September 2015, to begin with from/to London Stansted and Bristol.

Here is a feature about the Castellon Airport

Distance from Alcossebre to Valencia Airport: 71 km

A list of destinations and airlines/tour operators can be found at Valencia Manises Airport

Distance from Alcossebre to Reus Airport: 193 km

A list of destinations and airlines/tour operators can be found at Reus Airport

Distance from Alcossebre to Barcelona Airport: 274 km

A list of destinations and airlines/tour operators which serve the airport can be found here at Barcelona Airport

Tips:

Castellon Airport will have some transport running to various locations, we will update this information when we receive it.

Valencia and Barcelona can be reached quite easily by train, in both cases you need to make just one change for the airport, in Valencia at Estacion Nord and in Barcelona in Sants.

Reus – I personally always drive there, but you can get a train to Salou and then get transport from there.

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16 Responses to Almassora Travel Guide

  1. noel July 2, 2014 at 10:22 pm #

    What a beautiful area, I love all those colorful buildings and the street scenes look like a wonderful area to explore. I think the beaches here also look amazing.

    • Jackie De Burca July 3, 2014 at 5:47 am #

      Hey Noel, don’t take it the wrong way …but when I was taking those photos recently I was thinking of you. Every since your first comments about architecture, my brain triggers – Noel, would love these buildings …when I see certain buildings, like these!! 🙂

  2. alison July 3, 2014 at 11:59 am #

    Markets on the beach in the summer?? Thant sounds like a perfect combo to me and a good enough reason to visit! What a charming old town of Santa Quitera. How is the food there Jackie?

    • Jackie De Burca July 4, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

      Yes Alison…what a way to spend an evening, isn’t it! This is a charming place and as yet not that discovered by the English speaking tourist. The beaches are lovely also.

  3. Chris Boothman July 3, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

    I know that Spain in general is renowned for having gorgeous beaches but I don’t think I ever realized that this part of Catalonia was so gorgeous! Those images of the ocean are amazing and definitely a major tourist attraction I am sure.

    But as with all of your other guides, you have proved there is so much more to the area than just a beach resort. I love exploring the old churches and museums to see how the architecture has been preserved over the years and just think about how design has changed over the years.

    • Jackie De Burca July 4, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

      The colours of the ocean, sky and sand in the spot are beautiful. I love discovering the architecture in places like this, it really gives me a thrill.

  4. Kathryn Burrington July 4, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

    You won me over as soon as you said ‘old town’ and ‘labyrinth of streets’. There’s clearly some interesting places to explore and I always enjoy a visit to the beach – whatever the weather!

    • Jackie De Burca July 4, 2014 at 12:40 pm #

      I was fascinated by the labyrinth of streets, all appearing to be named after saints in that part of the town. I have yet to speak to a local to find out why this is. 🙂

  5. Anna Parker August 20, 2014 at 4:52 pm #

    Great video – lovely quiet streets and beaches, if you were trying to sell me a location, then that’s what i’m looking for! Lovely music too – felt like I was there!

    • Jackie De Burca August 21, 2014 at 7:23 am #

      Thanks very much Anna. It’s a learning experience, I now know for the next trip that I want to get more footage. It’s a bit of a challenge doing both photos and video, and also taking in the environment properly. But a challenge that I love!!

  6. alison August 21, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

    I had no idea the water was so blue there. Good start with the video, I know how hard it is as i’ve been trying to do a bit of it this summer in Nantucket and have not gotten anything yet I feel is blog worthy. You’ve given a great overview and I love the spanish guitar.

    • Jackie De Burca August 21, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

      Thanks Alison. Yes it is hard, and I really hope to improve as time goes on.

  7. Paul (@luxury__travel) August 21, 2014 at 11:05 pm #

    Interesting to see the addition of video to your guides, Jackie. Looks good and gives you a great ‘feel’ for the destination. My only suggestion (and I must stress I’m no video expert – I’m not usually brave enough to try and add it to my own site!) would be I wonder if a tripod with some kind of ballhead on it might help to make any movements a bit smoother…?

    • Jackie De Burca August 22, 2014 at 6:36 am #

      Thanks Paul, I am glad that your perception is that it gives a great feel for the destination, as that’s our main objective. I agree 111% with you about using a tripod
      – we’re getting a monopod with a ballhead, just like you mentioned. These shots I took literally in between photos, so hopefully with more practice, more focus on video, and the monopod, after time we should improve this aspect.

  8. Steve Anderson November 12, 2014 at 9:23 pm #

    Trying to figure out how far are the beaches from the old town, and the train station. Any public transportation?

    • Jackie De Burca November 13, 2014 at 8:07 am #

      Hi Steve,
      The town is around 7km from the beaches, and there are some buses, but it is hard to discover exactly how frequent they are – but they do peak their service during the main summer months here, of July and August. We will be working on transport sections in more detail soon also, to fill in these gaps on the blog. In terms of the train station, there is one but very few trains stop there. This means that if you are flying into an airport, it may be better to get a train to Vila-Real Castellon (not the other Vila Real in Spain, be careful of that :))

      Here is a link to some talk about there buses and when we have more research done, I will let you know. http://castellonconfidencial.com/almazora-autobus-playa/ Pop this into Google Translate (if you don’t read Spanish) and this will give you a bit of a feel for the situation.

      Let me know how you get on, when you go
      Thanks
      Jackie

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