Vinaros

Setting

Vinaros is the most northern of the seaside towns of the Castellon province, only a couple of kilometres from the border with Tarragona / Catalonia. It is a working town of around 25,000 inhabitants and, although popular with holiday makers not so much a resort, which means it is lively all year round and does not shut down in winter.




Amenities

Vinaros offers all the amenities you would expect from a town this size, including shops, banks, doctors and pharmacies, supermarkets, cafes, restaurants, bars and clubs. The hospital that serves the Baix Maestrat is also in Vinaros.
There is a pretty, pedestrianised area in the old town not far from the sea with many small shops and boutiques. And everywhere on the squares and along the streets are opportunities to stop for a coffee or some tapas, giving Vinaros a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere. But Vinaros also has lovely beaches in the centre of town along the wide seaside promenade and an excellent daily market where you can buy the locally caught fish and famous king prawns (which are not farmed), plus tasty fruit and vegetables from the local fincas.
Development is low key and concentrated along the coastal stretches to the north and south of the centre. It is all low rise, mainly villas and some small apartment complexes. The north coast has some beautiful natural coves. Coming from the centre and crossing the dry river bed you first come to the area called Boverals, followed by Saldonar, Ameradors, Barbiguera, Triador, Les Cales and finally Deveses. Vinaros and its beaches are hardly ever packed, as there are few hotels and most of the holiday makers either own or rent one of the apartments or villas. The busiest periods in Vinaros are August and when the local fiestas take place. The most famous one however is the Vinaros carnival, which is held every February and it is well worth a visit!


History

Vinaros dates back to moorish times with first record from the 13th century. It was under the rule of the Knights Templar from the end of the 14th to the early 14th century. It properspered over the coming centuries, mainly because of its ship building industry and the wine trade which was flourishing in Valencia and Castellon over centuries.
Due to a vine disease destroying most of the vinyards in the early 20th century the town went through a phase of decline. Nowadays Vinaros i a prosperous town yet again and recently there has been an increase of vinyards again, and the wines of Castellon have received international reccognition.



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