Set about 3 hours south of Barcelona and an hour north of Valencia, this long stretch of coast has everything from seaside resorts and hidden coves to modernist buildings and 15th century palaces. Called the “orange blossom coast” (the Costa Azahar), this 75-mile sweep of the Mediterranean is a tapestry of Azurian brilliance, well-maintained beaches, sleepy villages, mountainous walks and medieval history. An easy city to stroll around, streets are lined with orange trees, particularly in the more pedestrian areas. If the winds are gentle, you might perhaps be lucky enough to smell the gorgeous fresh citrus aroma as you meander through the town. The Gothic area with its maze-like streets and Renaissance monuments leads into a unexpectedly elegant area of modern architecture, bustling shopping streets and shady parks. Unsurprisingly for a southern European Mediterranean town, festivals are numerous and plentiful here, with tourists being invited to join in the Spanish carousing. Every month of the year sees a different tradition being celebrated — with many festivities lasting over several days, culminating in the Magdalena festival which runs for a week in early March every year. These traditional events reaffirm the identity of the Castellon people and their proud devotion to their town.