Guide to Benicarlo, a town in the Costa del Azahar region of Spain.

Costa del Azahar Towns - Benicarlo

Benicarlo - A town and municipality located to the north of Peniscola in the Castellon province of the Valencia region, Benicarlo is a coastal town with a long history, which is emerging as a popular holiday destination as more visitors discover the qualities of the Costa del Azahar (Orange Blossom Coast), one of Spain's lesser known coastlines.

Settled as far back as the Bronze Age, the nearby Iberian village of El Puig, gives evidence of its early inhabitants. Just a small Arab farmstead called Benigazló, during the Moorish occupation of Spain, Benicarlo's first historical documentation dates from 1236, when the town's charter was presented by Jaime I of Aragon. In 1359 Benicarlo gained its independence from nearby Peniscola, and like many towns in the area was fortified to protect it from pirate attacks. Its ancient fortifications were mostly demolished in 1707, though some medieval buildings can still be seen in the town's old quarter.

Worth a look in Benicarlo are the Convent of Saint Francis, dating from the 16th century, the St Bartolomew church (18th century), the Hermitage of St Gregory (14th century) and the nearby Iberian town of El Puig. Benicarlo fiestas include the Artichoke Fair in January, the Fallas in March and the Bulls in the Sea ("Bous a la Mar") in August.

Benicarlo can be easily accessed from the N-340 or the AP-7 motorway, it is about 4 kilometres from Peniscola.

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