Located at the northern end of the Valencian Community and only 60 kilometers from the coast, Morella emerges before the visitor’s eyes like a hidden treasure. Surrounded by a strategic position that dominates the landscape and protected by centuries-old walls crowned by an imposing castle, this city is a place that exudes charm and authenticity. We are talking about a municipality recognized with the prestigious Heritage of the World Heritage Citiesin addition to being included in the list of the Association The Most Beautiful Towns in Spain.

16 towers and almost 2 kilometers of walls

Morella, Castellón
Morella, Castellón

The sixteen towers, the six portals and the almost two kilometers of walls that surround Morella create a unique silhouette that rises more than a thousand meters above sea level. Declared Historical-Artistic Site, the city has carried out exceptional municipal rehabilitation work. In addition, UNESCO has granted its declaration to the rock shelter of Morella la Vella, in recognition of its historical and cultural wealth.

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The heart of Morella beats with the passion of its history, and visitors can immerse themselves in it through its network of museums. Among its architectural treasures stands out the Archpriest Basilicawhich houses a organ built in the 18th century and restored in the 1980s, making it one of the most important historic organs in Europe. The two aqueducts and the walk along the walls offer unquestionable attractions that impress visitors.

Santa Maria de Morella Church (Castellón)
Santa Maria de Morella Church (Castellón)

Morella is an extraordinary example of Gotham city and it has civil and religious architecture that leaves visitors speechless. Among its architectural jewels are, among others, the Villa House, the Ciurana houses, of the Piquer, the Roviras and Cardinal Ram, as well as the Hospital. In addition, strolling through the stepped streets or doing the circular mountain tour along the Alameda promenade They are essential experiences to get to know this city.

Other points of interest in Morella also stand out: the paintings of Morella La Vella and the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Vallivana. The procession of the Virgin to the city every six years is a deep-rooted tradition since 1673.

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Between forests and mountains

Tinença de Benifassà
Tinença de Benifassà

The landscape of Morella extends between a sea of ​​mountains, forests, ravinesspaces of great beauty that are also dotted with a rich cultural and artistic heritage, hermitages, farmhouses, bridges, buildings and walls.

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Morella is the starting point, due to its proximity, to discover the beautiful natural landscapes of the Castellón region of Els Portsas La Mola de la Garumba, the Escalona river, the Vallibona ravines, the Forcall mountains or the Cinctorres enclaves. Another natural area of ​​great beauty, especially in autumn, is the Barranc dels Horts de Ares or the Tinença de Benifassà Natural Park.

View of Morella (Castellón) and nearby places
View of Morella (Castellón) and nearby places

If you are looking for rest and disconnection, Morella has a lot to offer. Surrounded by forests and natural landscapes, the city has a wide range of accommodations nestled in natural environments. From hotels to rural houses and tourist apartments, Morella provides various options to find the perfect place for your stay.

Furthermore, it has a motorhome area on the outskirts of the historic center with stunning views of the castle. This booming form of tourism allows for a greater connection with nature.

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Hiking, cycling and horse riding routes

The city offers a wealth of outdoor activities, from marked routes to hikers and mountain bike cyclists even horseback riding and the exciting Saltapins adventure parkperfect for the little ones.

Rich gastronomy

black truffle
black truffle

Morella not only captivates with its history, but also with its gastronomy. High-quality local products are turned into delicious traditional dishes that leave their mark on the palate.

Since the morellana croquettes until lamb, beef or pork. But the most precious treasure of the region is the truffleknown as the “black gold” that emerges from the land of Morella. Its unmistakable aroma and flavor are masterfully combined in culinary preparations. To sweeten the experience, visitors can’t leave without trying the flaons and the curddesserts that capture the essence of the region.

Beautiful towns near Morella

The cave paintings of the Remígia Cave are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most important historical moments are recounted in the Cova del Castell Museum.  The cave paintings of the Remígia Cave are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most important historical moments are recounted in the Cova del Castell Museum.  The cave paintings of the Remígia Cave are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most important historical moments are recounted in the Cova del Castell Museum.  The cave paintings of the Remígia Cave are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most important historical moments are recounted in the Cova del Castell Museum.  Its cave paintings in the Remígia Cave are a World Heritage Site, being a town that you fall in love with when you see it on the road.
Ares del Maestrat (Castellón).

These are three pretty towns near Morella that you could explore:

Mirambel: This town, declared a Historic-Artistic Site, is known for its well-preserved medieval architecture. Its cobbled streets, stone houses and walls give it a special charm. The parish church of Santa Margarita and the Mirambel castle stand out, from where you can get excellent views of the surroundings.

Forcall: Located in a valley surrounded by mountains, Forcall is famous for its medieval old town, with narrow streets and stone houses. Forcall Castle dominates the landscape and offers a panoramic view of the town and its surroundings. It is also known for its gastronomy, especially for its exquisite black truffle.

Ares of the Master: A few kilometers from Morella, Ares del Maestrat is another medieval town worth visiting. Its old town is full of stone houses and narrow streets, preserving a charming historical atmosphere. Highlights include the Church of the Assumption and Ares Castle, which offers stunning views of the surrounding area.

How to get to Morella

Urban landscape of Morella.
Urban landscape of Morella.

The N-232 is the communication axis of Morella with Zaragoza and Logroño. Likewise, this road connects Morella with the Valencian tourist destinations on the coast, with the Mediterranean Highway (AP-7) and with the N-340 highway, according to information from Turismo de Morella.

From Saragossa By car (through Alcañiz): take the N-232 to Alcañiz, and then take the direction of Monroyo and finally Morella. (163km; approx. 2h).

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From Barcelona by car (through Vinaròs): take the AP-7 to Vinaròs, and then take the N-232 to Morella (262km; approx. 3h).

From Valencia By car (through Sant Mateu): take the A-7 to the CV-10, follow the CV-10 to Sant Mateu, and then take the N-232 to Morella. (170km; approx. 2h 10m). From Valencia by car (via Ares del Maestrat): take the A-7 and CV-10 towards the CV-15, continue along the CV-15 until Ares del Maestrat, and then take CV-12 until Morella. (172km; approx. 2h 15m).

From Castellón de la Plana by car (through Ares del Maestrat): along the CV15 road until Ares of the Master, and then along the CV12 to Morella (102km; approx. 1h 25min). From Castellón by car (by Vinaros): on the AP-7 to Vinaroz, and then on the N-232 to Morella (135km; approx. 1h 35min). From Castellón by car (by Sant Mateu): Take the CV-10 to Sant Mateu and then take the N-232 to Morella (101 km; approx. 1h 20 min).

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