|Dead or alive?|
Castellon is the most northerly of the three Valencia provinces (with Valencia and Alicante to the south). Castellon of course is famous for El Cid the 11th Century warrior and the subject of the Charlton Heston epic. Very disappointed to discover that El Cid died peacefully and that his corpse was not stuck to a horse to secure victory in his final battle.
The walk through Castellon is about 220 kms, through mountainous countryside like the most of Valencia, but frankly looks a lot more interesting. Perhaps it's because of the history but most of the towns visited are special including several medieval fortress towns with spectacular settings. The distances are also very manageable and accommodation looks good. Stage 4 takes 7 days which makes it ideal for anyone wanting a week's holiday.
Day 1 is a 23 km walk from Bejís (the end of the last stage) to Mas de Noguera. Mas de Noguera is an eco-tourism co-operative and looks like a different sort of place to stay.
Day 2 is another relatively short walk to Montanejos through the small town of Montan. Although short the walk looks good with mountains reaching over 1,400 metres. Montanejos is a spa town and there might be scope for personal physical restoration if required!
|Villahermosa del Rio by Millifer07|
|Sanctuary of Sant Joan|
After two relatively short days it might make sense to push on a bit but there are options. I could do a short day (19 km) and stay at Culla, a slightly longer day and stay at Benasal, or a long day and stay at Ares de Maestre (39 km). All three places look nice but the current plan is to do the long walk.
|Ares de Maestre|
Day 6 is a 25 km walk via Castellon Castellfort to Morella. Morella occupies a strategic position between the plains of the river Ebro to the north west and the coastal plains of Castellon/Valencia. El Cid is credited with rebuilding the castle and was a general on the winning side in the battle of Morella. Morella isn't a big place but looks special, the highlight of the walk. Lots of accommodation and could be a place to spend an extra day if I need a break.
So 7 days, around 220 kms, some wonderful countryside and really interesting places to stay. Looks great.
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