If you go to Benicassim or Oropesa, don’t miss this green route between both towns. It is a beautiful route. You can walk or bicycle it.
By sunset, it is amazing because you can observe the sun setting and the different tones of the sky. Taking advantage of the abandoned tunnel of the old railway, you can walk near the virgin cliffs, reach almost deserted beaches and pass next to the watchtower, Torre de la Cordá.
The Ruta de Las Villas took us back to the end of the 19th century, when rich families from Castellon and Valencia began to construct beachfront summer houses and mansions in the Benicassim bay. The route, which begins near the Sant Vicent tower and continues along the boardwalk, is a way to look back at the recent history of the area by simply taking a seaside stroll. Many of the houses maintain the same structure and architectural design from their original time period. Others have been modified throughout the years. It’s also interesting to see the contrast between those that seem practically new and those that have stood the test of time.
We only had enough time to visit the Desierto Natural Park for a short time, but we made the most of it and took the car to an area with privileged views.
We got out our sandwiches and had a mini-picnic on the hood of the car, looking at the horizon, and chatting among friends. For me, it was the perfect day and nothing was missing. Could it be improved? Only if you go at sunset. I’m sure it’s magical.
FIB is an independent music festival that is celebrated in July (usually around the 20th) in Benicassim, on the Azahar Coast in Castellón.
It lasts about four days, although if you buy the complete pass you can camp as well for two weeks.
Normally, FIB is the festival featuring the best lineup in Spain, although recently there’s been some serious competition from Summercase Festival (in Madrid and Barcelona) or Primavera Sound in Barcelona. Normally, a lot of Brits come to this festival, as the lineup and the beach are huge attractions for them, plus the price isn’t too bad either (much cheaper than the British festivals at 160 euros for 4 days + camping, passes can also be bought for specific days).
The festival’s organization varies from year to year, and sometimes can be pretty terrible. The “FIBers”, as the festivals attendants are known, can be suffering music fans, stuck in long lines, overwhelmed by heat, and putting up with dirty conditions to see their idols on stage. There are periodic busses to and from the camping grounds. There are places to buy food, drinks, as well as showers and internet stations.
The last few editions have had 30,000 attendants, with dozens of nationalities, but mainly Europeans.
Artists like Radiohead, Morrisey, the Pixies, The Strokes, Franz Ferdinand, Blur, Massive Attack, Chemical Brothers, and Depeche Mode have played FIB.
Passes can be bought on the internet or at select stores.
The Bodega Carmelitano has an ample variety of delicious liqueurs made on the premises. In the museum, they show you the exact steps required to get the flavors. The tour takes about 15 minutes, the perfect time for a quick visit after lunch before hitting the beach. It’s a little dose of curiosities that’s topped off with a liqueur tasting. Oh, and do they taste good going down!
Suddenly we were lying on our private pool in Islas apartments. Hard turf pricked my calves and at that moment I looked up and thought I was in middle of the Caribbean, with a pina colada in hand and with a camera in my pocket. I could not resist and it's an unforgettable memory.
The most amazing festival I have ever attended. Love, good vibes, respect ... a great place! Whether you love reggae or just want to enjoy good music, this is the place for you! There are activities for everyone plus you can learn about other cultures. 1OO% Recommended!
The paella party is possibly the best party in Benicàssim. It is not as well known as the FIB music festival, but it has a traditional atmosphere and is so charming. The paellas are really an excuse to have an entire day of celebration.
The Benicassim promenade extends along the beaches. The part that I like most is from Sant Vicent to the Voramar Hotel, as it has no traffic and you can enjoy Villas Road while walking along it. A great place to enjoy the sea breeze.
I was going to run. It was a Sunday like any other around 8 in the morning and I headed to Desert Palms running club with friends. Suddenly I stumbled upon the park where I have heard they want to build the Benicassim Golf Course, which will destroy the natural wetland. This is a flood zone where, 60 years ago rice was grown. Now this meadow is full of Mediterranean lizards and hedgehogs. The natural environment will be destroyed and it is a great shame.
Here you can have a nice walk by the sea in the park and see the famous Tower of San Vicente del s.XVI. It is a place to relax by the beach and enjoy dinner with the sounds of the waves in the background.