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Welcome to the Costa del Azahar, the ‘unspoilt’ part of Spain known to the locals as the Orange Blossom Coast. A mild winter climate and an average of 320 days sunshine per annum makes it the ideal holiday spot any time of year.

In the province of Castellon (one hour north of Valencia and two hours south of Barcelona) lie the neighbouring coastal villages of Las Fuentes and Alcossebre. These typically Spanish villages nestle in a cul –de – sac location between the sea and the Sierra de Irta mountains offering pleasant seclusion from the hustle and bustle of normal daily life. With sun, sea, cities, golf, mountains and skiing all within easy traveling distance this area has something for everyone all year round.


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Alcossebre

Alcossebre (or Alcoceber English) is a booming resort on the Costa del Azahar, situated just to the south of Peniscola. With its five glorious beaches of fine sands, a bustling pretty marina at Las Fuentes urbanization, a selection of surrounding historical monuments such as Xivert Castle and the Sierra de Irta right on its doorstep, Alcossebre is attracting much interest from increasing numbers of visitors. Alcoceber's tourist facilities are excellent, with a good choice of restaurants, bars, cafes, discos and shops. Volleyball and a choice of watersports are down on Alcossebre's beaches. Relaxing, yet well serviced with tourist facilities, Alcoceber makes for a peaceful Costa del Azahar resort holiday with great beaches.

Alcossebre/Alcoceber south of Peniscola sits within the historic Alcala de Xivert cluster of three centres - Las Fuentes, Alcossebre and Cap i Corb. Together they offer the visitor a variety of activities from superb beaches, natural terrain for walking and cycling. The area is bordered by two mountain ranges - the La Sierra de las Atalayas de Alcala to the north and the Sierra de Irta running parallel to the sea. Just off the A7 main Mediterranean highway, Alcoceber is excellently placed for exploring the wider Valencia and Costa del Azahar region.

All five beaches on the Alcoceber coastal stretch are blue flag and include Las Fuentes, Carregador, Romana, Del Moro, Tres Playas and Tropicana. Further smaller rocky coves are to the north around Ribamar and south at Cap i Corb is the boulders beach of Serradal. Alcossebre's marina in the Las Fuentas area has moorings for 300 boats and a wide selection of facilities including nautical workshops, shops, ice-cream kiosks and restaurants. The marina is a popular spot with visitors.

(Further info under local activities, beaches)

Alcossebre's history is as a small fishing village connected to the larger inland centre Alcara de Xivert. The town really only came into its own with the advent of tourism and its growth as a tourist resort. One historic sight particularly worth a visit is the Xivert Castle high on a rocky outcrop near the resort overlooking the sea. The castle is a mix of Arab and Christian remains.


Costa del Azahar

As the Valencian Region’s northernmost province, Castellón’s northern reaches and hinterland still show traces of the influence exercised in the past by Aragon and Catalonia. Its shoreline is one of sandy beaches interspersed with stretches of sheersided cliffs. Yet what attracts visitors to Castellón as much as or even more than this broken coastalrelief, is the landscape of stone, crags, castles and shrines (santuarios) that lies in the interior, a legacy of medieval times. With over 450,000 inhabitants, a surface area of 6,679 square kilometres (approximately 2,578 sq. miles) and a population density of 67.97 inhabitants/sq. km, there is a very marked imbalance between the area’s fairly heavily populated coastal strip and its very sparsely populated hinterland. Most of the bigger towns and cities are situated on the coastal plain. Indeed, in the dry-farming districts there are a good number of towns of no more than 100-200 inhabitants, and many an isolated masía (typical farmhouse) occupied by just a single family.

Along the shoreline from Vinaròs to Almenara, and the jagged north-south divide traversing the interior from Morella to Segorbe, Castellón embraces a geography of contrasts, attributable to the geological diversity of its mountains and plains, and the notable differences between the coast and continental interior. Topographically speaking, the region sits astride a prolongation of the Iberian Range (Sistema Ibérico), at the point where this extends towards the Mediterranean. As a result, Castellón is the second most mountainous province in Spain. Looking at the map from south to north, the principal mountain chains run from the Espadán Range, the coastal mountains of the Desierto de las Palmas Range and the Irta Range to the great inland massif of Penyagolosa, the province’s highest peak, and the foothills of the mountains surrounding La Tinença de Benifassà and Els Ports. While Castellón’s principal river is the Mijares, which rises in the Gúdar Mountain Range of Teruel, it also boasts other shorter waterways, such as the Palancia, Monlleó, Cervol and Sénia Rivers, and a series of irregular watercourses or ramblas, such as the Cervera and La Viuda. Castellón -rugged but nonetheless Mediterraneanenjoys an agreeable temperature all year round, with the highest mountains in the northern districts receiving a welcome sprinkling of snow in winter. The area’s coastal plain is home to a series of major towns, which have given impetus to dynamic industrial activity focusing on ceramic and tiles, footwear and food-processing plants, to say nothing of Castellón’s traditional agricultural wealth, citrus farming in particular.