Benicarló, contrary to Peñíscola, is a town that hasn’t been interested in tourism.
Fortunately for Benicarló, Peñíscalo has a small port, so many recreational boats must be tied in Benicarló.
Besides the yachts, you will see many fishing boats (they have a big fish market, where they still auction the fish fresh from the sea).
Next to the port there is a shipyard, where they build and repair boats of the area. The bar, restaurant and disco area is also very near.
Benicarlo-Peniscola train station is situated in Benicarlo and is close to Peniscola. It is a small station with a café and a lift. At the exit of the station there are buses and taxis. Beware, because the buses that run between the train station and Peniscola only operate in the summer months. We arrived a day before they began so had to get a taxi which cost 12 € to our hotel, the Hotel Gran Peniscola.
Benicarló is located in Castellón, a few kilometers away from Peñíscola. It is not a very touristic place, but since it is close to Peñíscola and its beaches, many people use it as a base to move around the surrounding areas.
We arrived by chance to the town, since we made a mistake with the bus and instead of going to Peñíscola we arrived to Benicarló. We went to the tourist office to explore a bit.
Basically they recommended the church, the ancient convent of San Francisco, which is now where the Museum of the City is found. You can do the visit by foot. In front of the museum you can take the bus to Peñíscola.
This is the main monument in Benicarlo. It was completed in 1743, replacing the previous church. The Baroque façade has spiral columns on its sides. The slender tower is octagonal. It has a single nave on which stands a dome and eight side chapels, of particular interest the Chapel of San Antonio Abad and the Chapel of the Virgen del Carmen. The highlights of the works of art include a Nazarene, Jose Esteve Bonet, and various pieces of jewelry from the XVI century.
The Convent of San Francisco, Benicarlo was declared a National Heritage and Cultural site by the Generalitat of Valenciana. It was built in 1578 and has been renovated several times since then, the last reform being in 1995. Following this, it now houses the city museum.
The Museum of the City of Benicarlo, popularly known as Mucbe, is located inside the Convent of San Francisco. This museum is also used as a cultural center and exhibition hall. In it you can see information on the history of Benicarlo and how people lived at that time. Admission is free.
Every year, coinciding with the feast of St. Joseph in the Constitution Square, this noisy spectacle is celebrated. The first time you see it, you want to cover your ears, but I'm a good Basque so it is a pride thing.
One of the most rewarding experiences that I had during my stay in the province of Castellon, was going on a sailboat ride between the ports of Peniscola and Benicarlo. We sailed along the coast, and so I got to see all the places I had visited on foot the previous day from a different angle. It was really fun and the capitan of the boat was very friendly. It was also my first time riding on a sailboat, which I loved.
We found this small but well equipped spa near Benicarlo. It includes several massage treatment rooms and a gym, a relaxation room and a circuit composed of different contrast showers, saunas, jet pools, jacuzzi, etc. The exterior is glazed and overlooks the harbor, so you can enjoy great views of the harbor while relaxing.
Three years ago, while staying in Peñíscola in September, we went to visit the large shopping complex located at the entrance of Benicarló. It has eleven cinemas, some fifty shops of all types, restaurants, bars and a large bowling with 18 lanes.
The Sports Pavilion is located in Benicarlo, Castellón, Spain. It can seat 1005 people, and has paging services, public toilets, six dressing rooms, a warehouse which stores sports equipment, and a bar service. It has a gym with fitness equipment and an area to practice martial arts.
It's a place where both children and adults can have a good time. It has a bar, mini-golf course, mats, football field and basketball court. You can relax and have something to drink, while the kids have fun playing in a large garden.