08.10.2015 - 05.11.2015 14 °C
This entry is about Castellon, one of the lesser known coastal city in Spain compared to her more famous cousin Valencia. To appreciate landscape more, going on a drive along the coastal motorways either from Valencia or Barcelona is a good idea. We did exactly that and the journey on the road was a good one. Of course, we have to watch out for these mobile speed cameras (shown in picture below). It is quite interesting to see such set up and I personally think that the Spanish and Italian authorities are certainly living up to their reputation of being trigger happy when it comes to issuing speeding tickets. I got two tickets in Netherlands while driving but that's a story for another day.
Here's the camera mounted on a car. The picture is blurry due to the moving vehicle.
As I wander into the city, I can see that she retains some of her medieval features up to 17th century construction. Mixing with modern houses in the areas, it has become a interesting juxtaposition effect. Since the middle ages, this city is protected by high walls, towers and moats. They can still be seen today. Because of this extensive fortification, Castellon is one of the last city standing during the revolution of the guild in 17th century. It has also seen a series of war such as the war of Spanish succession in early 1700s, the war of independence against Napoleon, and the Carlist wars. Today, there was little sign of past strives and the city is generally a peaceful and quiet town focusing on tourism and crafts work.
Old symbol right beside one of the oldest police station in this region
The mixture of old and new with the moat and old town gate still can be seen
Ancient walls that have protected the city time and time again
Castellon being a coastal city, has a nice beach as well. Apologies for the dark photos, I had some issue with proper light exposure. The ancient structures by the cliff reminds me of some old fairy tale castle.
And there was an impressive sandcastle collection to be found in this area too
A general shot of the beach
Since we are in a coastal city, good spanish seafood meal is a must.
First we have appetizers with mussels and some paste in a cone (I couldn't recall the name) while sipping white wine
And then fish with salmon roe on them, sorry for being so food illiterate.
The main dish is paella valenciana, south east asian guys would know it as seafood fried rice but with a twist. The dish uses Spanish rice which are rounder and stickier compared to what we have in Asia. A different taste but an excellent one.
And finally we have a rather unique bowl of fish. I got a surprise when I saw this dish, I thought it was white noodles but alas each and every of those white slender pieces are actually small fishes. This is the most unique dish I have tasted while in Spain but my favorite is still the very humble tortilla de patatas. Here's the picture of the unique fish.
The next couple of entries will still be in Europe until I do a pivot back to Asia. Until next time,