Castellón de la Plana
, also referred to simply as Castelló, is the capital city of the Spanish province of Castellón. It is located on the eastern side of the Iberian Peninsula along the coast of the Castellón Province on the Mediterranean Sea.
Castellón de la Plana is surrounded by a world of scenic nature, ranging from the iconic mountain ranges of Desert de Les Palmes to the graceful region around the Prime Meridian. Castellón de la Plana prides in the splendid white sands and beautiful blue waters of the Pinar Beach found in the Costa Azahar region. Afar, the Columbretes Islands attract visitors because of their stunning natural beauty and their haven for rare bird species.
Castellón de la Plana is home to the beautiful Concatedral de Santa Maria, an ancient architecture featuring a Gothic design, complete with El Fadri, an attractive octagonal bell tower. Visitors like to tour the church to learn more about the religion of the people of Castellón de la Plana. The Museu de Belles Arts has more to offer visitors in terms of archaeological and ethnology information, as well as unique art and craft masterpieces from over the years.
Other attractive buildings are the Plaza Major, the majestic Planetari de Castello, the grand Ajuntament de Castello de la Plana, and the famous theatre of Castello de la Plana.
The climate of Castellón de la Plana is a tropical steppe climate that is classified as BSk in the Köppen climatic classification. The weather borders closely on the tropical semi-arid climate because its rainfall is low but not as low as that of a desert region.
Generally, Castellón de la Plana receives moderately low rainfall that amounts only to 467mm (18.4") for the whole year. July
is the driest month, receiving just 9mm (0.4") of precipitation from only one day of rain on average. The wettest month is September
, albeit with a low reading of 71mm (2.8") in precipitation and only five rainy days.
Summer is dry and humid, with the temperature averaging highs of between 27.4°C (81.3°F) and 30.6°C (87.1°F) and lows of between 18.1°C (64.6°F) and 21.2°C (70.2°F). Extremely hot days are rare, but there are up to ten hours of sunshine per day.
Winter is mild and lovely, with the lowest temperature barely going below 6.1°C (43°F). Most days remain warm with temperature highs of up to 16.3°C (61.3°F) plus up to five hours of sunshine. The average humidity during winter is 68.1%.
Castellón de la Plana is best visited during summer, between June
, specifically. The weather remains warm and pleasant during summer, and rainfall is at its minimum, making it an excellent time for a perfect tour of the city throughout the day and even late into the evenings. This period is excellent for festivities around the city, including the Festival of St. Peter, which is marked with beautiful processions, amazing bull shows, and tasty food feasts.
Bonfires and feasts dominate the June Festival of San Juan and culminate in beautiful firework displays. Between March
, Castellón de la Plana holds the famous La Magdalena Festival, crowning it with huge neon-lit statues amid vibrant concerts. Another memorable event in the city is the Carnival, conducted between February
and March, amid beautiful decorations, colorful costumes, and parades.