Castellon de la Plana (aka Castellon / Castello) is port city and capital of Spain's Castellon province. It is located in the Iberian Peninsula's eastern part, on Costa del Azahar (Mediterranean Sea). The city covers a total area of approx 109 km2 (42 mi2) and has population around 170.000.
The annual festivities (called "La Magdalena") are held in Castellon de la Plana for a week, starting 3 weeks before Easter every year. People come from all over the province. Many international music groups and bands also participate in this popular event.
The city is famous for its music festivals, including: Tanned Tin music festival (early February, for experimental and alternative music), Festival Internacional de Benicassim (July), Arenal Sound (early August), Rototom Sunsplash Festival (reggae music).
Most of the historical buildings in Castellon de la Plana are located in the old town, around Placa Major (Main Square) and include:
- Saint Mary cathedral - Gothic-style, it was built in the 13th century and reconstructed in the 14th century following destruction by fire. The present building is another reconstruction after demolition ordered in 1936 during the Spanish civil war.
- City Hall was erected in early 18th century and has a beautiful Tuscan-style facade.
- El Fadri is a bell-tower of the town's procathedral (built in the 15th century).
- Hemp Exchange Market was built in the 17th century for the use of traders in hempen cloth and ropes. Currently, the building is used for exhibitions and local cultural events.
- European Hackberry (aka Celtis Australis) is on the northeast edge of the city. The basilica is devoted to a Virgin Mary image found by a farmer in 1366 while he was ploughing.
- The town also has a Museum for Modern Art.
In 2017, the port was visited by only one cruise ship (Saga Pearl 2). For 2018, the port's schedule had also just one cruise ship visit (Saga Sapphire, August 1, during a 19-day itinerary roundtrip from Dover, England UK).
Castellon de la Plana cruise terminal
Cruise ships in Castellon dock at a dedicated pier (named "Prolongacion Dique Modesto Viguera"). The berth can serve vessels with LOA length up to 300 m (984 ft) and max draft 16 m (52 ft).
Since September 2017, Castellon cruise port offers free shuttle bus service to city center for all cruise ship passengers and crew. New amenities at the docking pier are a dance show and fresh-made orange juice provided for all tourists.
In 2017 was opened a new cruise ship facility (named "Muelle de Levante") that can accommodate smaller-sized ships )with LOA length up to 160 m / 525 ft).