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Costa del Azahar
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The Costa del Azahar (the orange-blossom coast) is named after the orange groves located in this region. Its long coastline is filled with beautiful fine golden sandy beaches and rocky shores. The cities along the coastline are popular holiday destinations as they have many lovely beaches, a great Mediterranean climate, and plenty of water sports activities, as well as festivals and cultural events.

Castellón is the largest city on the Costa del Azahar. The most interesting part of the city is between Plaza Mayor and Plaza Santa Clara where you can find the Mercado Central (a covered market) where you can eat just about everything. In the small streets behind Plaza Santa Clara there are many small bars and restaurants that come alive after nightfall, especially during the summer months. In Castellón you will find many interesting monuments, such as the city's 18th-century town hall, the "Museo de Bellas Artes", a couple of nice examples of modern architecture, a planetarium and of course the beaches. La Magdalena is a week long celebration of the liberation from the Moors by Jaime I, held in the first half of March every year. In the beginning of September Harley Davidson lovers from all across Europe drive their bikes to Castellón to spend a long weekend with fellow Harley fanatics.

Only 12 km north from Castellón many wealthy families of Madrid, Valencia and Castellón have a summer residence in the city of Benicassim (or Benicàssim which means people of Kassim in Arabic). Its typical Spanish coastline attracts more Spanish tourists than foreigners, unlike the Costa Blanca. Benicassim’s main attraction is a 6km long coastline with 5 fine golden sandy beaches. However, during the summer its 2 festivals attract  thousands of music lovers. In the first week of July there is “Mulabe” (www.mulabe.com). The Festival Internacional de Benicasim (FiberFib) is a 5 day long music event held in the beginning of August. Many great international artists perform at this festival every year.

Peñíscola is located at the top of the Sierra de Irta. Its coastline is split in two by the city’s old historic centre located on a small peninsula.  Walking through the streets of the historic centre of Peñícola you will often come across the symbol of “Papa Luna” also known as Pope Benedict XIII who lived here between the year 1421 and 1429 in a 14th century castle build by a Medieval military religious order known as the Knights Templar. Nowadays this 14th century castle is open for visitors who pay a small admission fee. In the historic centre you will also find 3 of the city's 4 bar-discotheques that will help you through those long and hot Friday and Saturday summer nights. The Peñíscola north beach is one of the largest most popular beaches on the Costa Azahar It is located next to the new city centre which is filled with hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops that satisfy the needs of the tourists.

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