Want to discover some unspoilt areas of Spain? One of these is the Orange Blossom Coast – Costa Azahar, which has many beautiful towns and natural settings to enjoy. As the name suggests there are indeed many oranges growing in the area, and on the 7th January, I took these photos when I was out and about, so that you can see how the Orange Blossom Coast looks during the orange harvest season. Below I mention a couple of the top towns, and link to articles about them, where you can see more photos and information, plus I shall update this every now and again, as I get out and about to take more photos.
Orange Blossom Coast Top Towns
The Costa Azahar (Orange Blossom Coast) belongs to the Valencian Community, which runs from Catalonia on its northern border to the Murcia on its southern border. Of course the Valencian Community is home to the wonderful city of Valencia, but there are many other gems to be discovered.
Peniscola is a favourite, with its striking Templar Castle that seems to rise majestically out of the sea. It can be seen from many areas, numerous kilometres away and it especially lovely at night time when it is all lit up. The town is very busy during the season, and pretty quiet during the colder months. I say colder months, but on 7th January it hit 18 degrees in the height of the day. That said at this time of the year it can vary a fair bit, but what you do know is that it’s going to be a lot better most of the time than the weather back in the UK or Ireland.
Benicassim, which is best known for its music festival, is another great spot – with lovely beaches, gorgeous period villas, plenty of good restaurants and areas where there is a good buzz. On the left is one of the beaches of Benicassim. These two towns are the ones in the Valencian Community that you may have heard about, apart from Valencia, but the truth is that there are so much more great towns and villages here to discover.
I lived in Vinaros for a year or so, and this is the capital of the Baix Maestrat, and also a nice typical town that is still very Spanish – a good choice for those who wish to experience typical life, but have good beaches and a lovely promenade, to watch the world go by.
For nature lovers it is an amazing area also, with the Parc Natural de Tinença Benifassa (Natural Park of Tinença Benifassa) which borders at Catalonia with the Els Ports Natural Park, which is basically the Catalan continuation of the park. There is also the Delta de l’Ebre, which although it is in Catalonia, it is in the southern part, so therefore easy to get to from the Orange Blossom Coast.
Orange Blossom Coast Valencian Oranges
The oranges from Valencia are famous, I remember hearing about them over 20 years ago when I was still living in Ireland. They are sweet, with an excellent taste. They are predominantly used for juicing, and the tree is known to stand up to harsher soil conditions.
As I drive around the area, I can see various farms at different stages of production, and in some fields there are groups of farm workers harvesting the oranges, whereas in others they have a little bit of growing time left.
The views of the orange trees are beautiful all year round, but of course when the fruit is ripe, the trees and fields are spectacular. It’s impossible to show in a photo how some of these fields seem to stretch on forever.