In November we took another road trip, this time exploring an area inland from Castellon famous for Valencia’s pottery industry, more medieval towns and villages with their superb castles, visiting one of the province’s most important collections of contemporary art and finishing up in the Sierra d’Espada mountains.
We started our tour in the town of Villafames, where we explored the castle, visited the Museum of Contemporary Art, housed in beautiful 15th century Palau de Batle, and spent our first night in the hotel El Rullo. The next day we drove across country through an area famous for its ceramics and pottery, now heavily industrialised, to L’Alcora and Onda, the latter famous for its Moorish castle.
We had intended to visit the wonderful underground caverns in the Vall d’Uixo in the afternoon but we arrived to find them closed because of high water levels caused by the recent heavy rain. We therefore headed up into the National Park of the Sierra d’Espada to the tiny of Ain village nestled in the mountains. In a village with a population of just over 200, we never expected to find such an excellent hotel as the Beniali, with luxury modern bedrooms and a restaurant that must one day soon earn a Michelin star! The roads into and out of the village were spectacular and a hair-raising drive, especially the following day after one of the best breakfasts ever.
To enjoy a short slideshow of our trip, set to music, click here.