Benicarlo is a resort in the province of Castellon. There are some industrial enterprises, some small factories for preserving fruit and vegetables and a lot of small fish canneries. Nevertheless tourism is considered to be the main part of income in the municipal budget of Benicarlo.
Benicarlo was founded by Arabs when they were in power there. In the 11th century it appeared to be under the Spanish governing. Since that time there have been some of the buildings of medieval structure in the streets. Some fortifications were ruined in the 18th century. There are buildings of historical significance in Benicarlo, for example, The Baroness’s House, the Marquis’s Residence. The symbol of the place is St. Bartholomew’s Church of the 18th century which is situated in the central square of Benicarlo.
There is a great opportunity to go on different excursions round Benicarlo and its vicinity. Two km away there is St. George’s Chapel of the 16th century. Not far away there are ruins of the ancient Iberian El Puig settlement. Benicarlo is a nice place for family holidays. Children will enjoy visiting the Parrots’ Garden where they can see not only wonderful birds but kangaroos as well.
The beaches of Benicarlo are also for family holidays. There are secluded places there even when the summer season is in its height. To the north of the centre of the town Mar Xica is situated with wonderful pure sand. Morrongo is the central town beach. The beaches are along the sea coast and they unite Benicarlo, Vinaros and Peniscola.
Benicarlo is also a centre of active holidays in Costa Azahar. There are nice foot-ball fields there, the instructors of a local yachting club will teach beginners how to go on sailing. There is a wonderful swimming-bath there as well. The main argument for active holidays in Benicarlo is the most famous fest in Valencia which is held every year and is known as “bous a la mar”. It is a running competition between the bravest men and the bulls which takes place on the beaches. Such fests are also organized in some places of Costa Blanca.