The Costa Azahar - "the orange blossom coast" - takes its name from the flower of the orange tree which is one of the most common trees in the region. The coast extends the entire length of the province of Castellon, making it the northernmost of the Valencian coasts. Along its 120 kilometres, stretch warm beaches and rugged coves, where the sun almost always shines, all washed by the peaceful waters of the Mediterranean. Inland, there are dense forests of pines and holm oaks and, as you'd expect from the name, vast orange groves.
But the Costa del Azahar, which is crossed north-south by the A-7 motorway, holds many other treasures: it is home to environmentally important wetlands and historical towns that tell of its glorious past. The fishing port of Vinaros, Peñiscola and its castle, the Irta mountain range - a practically unspoiled formation parallel to the coast - the beaches of Alcossebre, Benicassim's desert of Las Palmas, the nature reserve on the Columbretes islands, the capital Castellon and the caves of Sant Josep at La Vall d'Uixo are all unmissable points along the coast.
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