Enjoy the vegetation, the animals, the gatherings with family or friends in the most enchanting natural settings
For those who think that there are few picnic areas in the province, we can say without fear of being wrong that they could not be more wrong, since there are a good handful of them scattered throughout Castellón. However, which are the prettiest? Although it is difficult to choose, since each of the 135 municipalities has some corners to frame, we have ventured to point out 10 of the most beautiful and visited picnic areas.
- Bride's Leap (knives): What better than a good snack next to a waterfall? Listen to the liters and liters of water falling from heights of more than 30 metres, enjoy the vegetation, walk... As beautiful as it is, as a measure of maintenance and conservation of the environment, you have to pay a fee of €2 per person for the access during the months of July, August and September.
- Castro Fountain (Suera): This 415 meter area is full of flora, surrounded by dense pine and cork oak forests. In fact, the famous Castro fountain is located for its copious high-quality water, which consists of 16 pipes that make it circulate continuously. In addition, it is located next to a large picnic area that can occupy up to a maximum of 10 people at each table. With a duration of approximately one hour, you can do the hiking route to reach this magnificent place. In just 4 kilometers of walking you will reach your destination where you can rest and contemplate the natural landscape.
- Natural area next to the Santes hermitage (Cabanes): These picnic areas are near the hermitage, a sanctuary installed in the ravine of the same name. It was built as a place of pilgrimage and worship consecrated to Saints Llúcia and Águeda. Currently, the temple has a recreational area and a source of fresh water, greatly appreciated by the villagers.
- Maria Cristina Reservoir (L'Alcora): Located in the municipality of l'Alcora, this area of picnic areas, which also has barbecue pits available to visitors as long as the fire alert remains low, has an added value that is not negligible. It is the María Cristina Reservoir itself, a reservoir that hangs over the mountainous landscape providing fantastic views and recreational activities of all kinds. Unlike the picnic areas in the capital, this one is perfect for enjoying walks in the mountains, appreciating the interior natural environment or taking slightly more demanding routes.
- Municipal natural area of Sant Vicent next to the Hermitage (L'Alcora): And it is that you can not only eat here, but up to a maximum of 60 people can camp in the area. This area is intended for tents and equipped with paella pans, drinking water, public lighting and, of course, picnic areas. The size of the tables is long, so it is a good idea to celebrate a birthday or spend the afternoon with several friends. In fact, it has toilet services available to the public, so you can sleep peacefully.
- Natural Park next to the Viveros car park (Penyagolosa): Near the picnic areas, there is an interpretation center, which can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 14:00 p.m. Inside the exhibition room of the Interpretation Center it is dedicated to the dissemination of cultural and historical values of the area through photographs and videos and presents various objects that will be recognized through their texture such as wool, cowbells, instruments music (the dolçaina and the tabalet), coal, tiles, firewood, jars, etc. However, there are days when activities are carried out abroad, so it will remain closed, so it is best to make sure by calling 964760838 to make your query. In addition, through a walkway with an adapted ramp and a side curb for blind people, the hermitage of Sant Joan de Penyagolosa is connected with the Interpretation Center, which has a garden area with characteristic plants of the park, the Josep Vigo i Bonada Arboretum .
Picnic areas in Castelló
- Pinewood: Just a few minutes from the beach, Pinar del Grau de Castelló continues to be one of the preferred enclaves for all kinds of activities, meetings and outdoor meals. Its more than two kilometers of green area and Mediterranean flora are complemented by an area of picnic areas and barbecues ideal with the gradual arrival of good weather and frequently chosen by people from Castellón from all over the province who come to enjoy with their family. In its area set up as a picnic area, it has more than fifty tables and various game areas, as well as sports areas. In turn, its proximity to the urban center of the Grau maritime district, provides its visitors with the possibility of accessing a multitude of services such as supermarkets, car parks or catering establishments. If you intend to make a fire using the park's equipment and roasters, it is strongly recommended to contact the prevention services or the Mayor's Office of Grau de Castelló.
- Pinar Beach and Gurugú Beach: Along the more than five kilometers of beach in the capital of Castellón, it is possible to find various areas set up for recreation and food consumption. In this case, the predetermined tables and facilities for this are not brought together in the same space, but are scattered throughout the coastline. Close to these areas, in addition to the beaches, you can find interesting tourist attractions for all audiences to complement a pleasant day. Among them, the Castelló Planetarium, the Pinar park itself or the commercial port area stand out.
- Municipal Natural Park of Magdalena: This place presents a recreation area and routes to enjoy before or after the meal in a family atmosphere. Among the species that you may find in the park are: the common toad and frog, the ocellated lizard and the bastard snake. In short, there is also the European pond turtle, a variety of birds such as the black starling or the skylark and mammals such as the weasel or the badger.
- Meridian Park: This park is next to a hermitage, that of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, and each year the Castellón City Council and the Parque del Meridiano Neighborhood Association promote an initiative to promote the area and attract the greatest number of citizens to this nice place. In fact, festivals such as: San Antonio, the festival of the Virgen de Agosto, the popular Pedalada in September and the popular March in October are celebrated in the area. Among the projects being considered are the installation of a sundial, the creation of an open-air classroom to show the flora and fauna of the Meridiano Park, and the development of an ethnological museum in the adjoining booth.