More than sun and sand
Step off the train at this station and discover Benicarló, a fishing town that boasts pleasant temperatures all year round and a unique historical and cultural heritage.
Start your visit big! Just a 10-minute walk from the station, you will come across the city's true architectural and artistic jewel: the Casa Fontcuberta. This magnificent colonial palace, the work of Josep Maria Franquet, is one of the best witnesses to the time of greatest progress and industrialisation in Benicarló. You will be amazed by how well conserved it is. Not in vain has this area come to be used as a filming location.
If you would like to continue your tour of monuments, head to Calle San Joaquín. There stands the beautiful Casa del Marqués, the residence of the Marquis of Benicarló built at the end of the 18th century. This dwelling hides a wonderful back garden and orchard that invite you to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the city. Once inside, browse the house's magnificent library and take a peek at the unique and colourful tiles in the kitchen.
But don't put your camera away, because there's more to come. The beautiful façade of Casa Bosch, on Avenida Joan Carles I, has a magnetic allure. Take it all in and note the colourful plant motifs, in modernist style, which are the only ones in the town.
To complete your cultural immersion, you have to go to the MUCBE. This former Franciscan convent is now a cultural centre where you can visit the permanent exhibition of archaeological remains from the Iberian settlement Puig de la Nau, just a few kilometres from the city. This site dates back to the 2nd century B.C. and is a good reflection of the system of communication between Mediterranean villages at the time.
Experience the day-to-day life of the locals at the lively central market, where you can find fresh fish every day and the best produce from the fields, such as their famous artichokes. Don't forget to try some of the typical desserts, such as the 'pastissets de cabell d'àngel' (candied-pumpkin pastries) or coques de Sant Antoni (aniseed-liqueur biscuits).
The beaches of Benicarló are clean and quiet. Take the opportunity to take a good dip in the emblematic playa del Morrongo with its fine sand, surrounded by trees and very close to the port. Ideal if you're going with family.
In the summer season, you can also join in with the celebration of the town festivities in honour of its patron saint during the second half of August. Enjoy the fireworks on the seashore from the famous Benicarló 'wall'. The perfect farewell.
Are you going in autumn? Prepare your stomach for the famous Jornadas Gastronómicas (gastronomic event). Treat yourself to one of the special menus at the various restaurants and establishments in the area and delight in the local delicacies, both from the sea and the land.