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Cycle Route EuroVelo: Mediterranean Route near Valencia

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Elevation profile Cycle Route EuroVelo: Mediterranean Route near ValenciaPeñíscolaSagunto02004006008001000050100150200250300350

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Start location

Ulldecona, Catalonia, ES (180 m NHN)

End location

Agost, Valencian Community, ES (214 m NHN)

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4,2 km
124 m


ES-43550 Ulldecona


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3,9 km
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ES-43550 Ulldecona


Heritage building(s)

Ulldecona Castle
Ulldecona Castle
Ulldecona, Parish Church of Sant Lluc
Ulldecona, Parish Church of Sant Lluc
Ulldecona, Plaça de lʹEsglésia
Ulldecona, Plaça de lʹEsglésia

Ulldecona is a municipality in the district of Montsiā that includes the cores El Castell, La Miliana, Sant Joan del Pas, Els Valentins and Les Ventalles. It is in the south of Catalonia forming the southern boundary of the Principality of Valencia. In 2013, it has about 6,200 inhabitants (2018). It has an important historical heritage that dates back to cave paintings (6000 BCE), Iberian remains, olive trees, Roman roads, medieval buildings, and neoclassical and modernist buildings.


Ulldecona is in the region of Montsiā, in southern Catalonia, in the middle of two large buttresses such as the Sierra del Montsiā east and west Serra de Godall.


After the Christian reconquest, Ulldecona castle was held by the family of Montcada, forming part of the term of Tortosa. The difficulties in the task of recruitment made in 1173, Guillem de Montcada ceded the castle to the Knights Hospitallers. The grant was confirmed in 1178 by King Alfons I d'Aragó and included parts of the current terms of Alcanar, Freginals and La Senia.

The castle was in the border area with the Saracens so suffered continuous attacks. Unable to defend, the hospital in 1191 the castle returned to the Montcada, but reserved the manor. The castle was expanded with the construction of a circular base tower, designed to protect the primitive installed in the core population known as Ulldecona Vella (Old Ulldecona).

In 1122, once the danger of Muslim attacks, the castle returned to the hospital as it was not necessary the presence of Montcada as defenders of the square. In 1227 there was established the hospital administration, led by Ramon de Cervera. This administration, management also known as Tortosa, held office until the 19th century

The early inhabitants were located near the area of protection of the castle, in a mountainous area that prevented its expansion. In 1274 they were granted permission to move to a mile, in the valley, and to establish there a new kernel under the name d'Ulldecona Sant Lluc (Saint Luke Ulldecona), origin of the current municipality.

In 1463 and 1465, the town was besieged by the troops of Joan II de Aragó since Ulldecona remained faithful to the Provincial Catalan. During the War of Spanish Succession was retained felipistas troops since 1708 so there were no clashes featured. The city was occupied by French troops from July 1810-1813 during the Spanish War of Independence.


  • Medieval castle

    Ulldecona Medieval Castle is on a small hill called Puig del Castell which is part of the Serra Grossa. This set is on the left bank Senia, the current political-administrative boundary between Catalonia and Valencia. The wide visibility and the great fertility of the land and wealth have assumed that this place has been over time a strategic area of control of the territory from the Iberian era to the Middle Ages.

    Fortified ruins contain a small cylindrical tower, a main tower with a rectangular base that dominates the whole, the courtyard and the church of Santa Maria dels Angels. Two lines of wall have traces of Arabic origin and subsequent interventions, remains of two towers or bastions (of Arabic origin) where in one of them, it was surprisingly found in an excavation, a bronze figure representing Christ the King. This piece is unique in all the Ebro region and province of Tarragona and has been dated to the 13th century by comparison with others of that era.

    There are interesting tours that let you enjoy a space key to understanding the history and territory over the last 2700 years.

  • Church of Sant Lluc

    The current Gothic church replaced the 13th-century church scaffolding to move people from the Castle to the valley. Its construction began in 1373 and 1421 was consecrated altar. It consists of a single nave divided into four sections and irregular side chapels between buttresses. The return is "creueria" with arches supported on pillars to the walls. It has windows "tracery" and two small rosettes. The access door is "arquivoltada" and is preceded by a porch. The decor is sparse, but the whole is wide and "solemnial". Subsequent building (second half of 18th century), there are the sacristy and the chapel of the shrine. In the sacristy, barrel back and with very interesting decorations and tiles "vidriades" Baroque conception predominates. The chapel's tabernacle, Greek cross plan and neoclassical spirit, will be restored in 1998 and is chaired by the image of the Pietat, patroness of the villa.

    The 1936, during the Civil War, was destroyed Altarpiece of Sant Lluc, polychrome wood and fabrics which were part 16. The fabrics were saved from destruction, but due to the large size were separated from their racks and frames to be transferred to the Convent of the Nuns Agustines. These fabrics are attributed Sarinyena school, Valencian family "retaulistes" and painters active at the end of the 16th and early 17th centuries. Most of these fabrics have been restored and can be seen in the chapel of the sacristy. The most prominent are the Holy Trinity, 300 x 200 cm, The Coronation of Mary, 390 x 330, and the Burial of the Virgin Mary, 392 x 335 cm.

  • Old Town

    In addition to the Church and the arcaded square, the old town holds numerous stately homes among which the Casa de la comanda, former home of the "comanadors" of the 15th century, a time at which preserved vestiges belong to the façade. On the ground floor highlights the central portal "dovellat" stone, in the central sector there are two shields engraved with the emblems of the Order of the Hospital, in addition to a third above the door that has a phrase undeciphered. Main floor center window geminada interested, a copy of the Castle, as a symbol of power.

    Also of note is the restored Casa Mossén Domingo Solà, founder of the Social Work Ekumene. Manor house of the century where you can see the equipment used to work the field, or the kitchen. Thanks to the contributions of ordinary people. In addition there are a number of popular-baroque mansions (17th and 18th centuries) on the streets of the Puríssima and Sant Cristófol with interesting doorways, entrances and "barbacanes".

    In a unique charm are the narrow streets of Embut (Roger de Llúria) del Carme la Placeta dels Frares, which retain, among other interesting aspects, bridges between the two facades. There dispersions within and outside the core how historic homes "noucentistes" and modernist, mainly :Aribau, La Purísima, Sant Cristòfol Mártir, Sant Lluc y al Passeig de l'Estació.

    A large proportion of the old houses are uninhabited. Some are only used as warehouse or garage.

  • Convent of Sant Domènech

    The municipality offices are now on its premises. Building the transition between the Baroque and neoclassical 18th century, a square arranged around a central cloister impressive five arches per band. In 1991 it was redesigned to suit administrative needs of the City but the setting was respected and cloister wall was missing a modern metal structure. The facade is a lock rectangular blocks. The door is a framing allindada classicista and above the door is a niche with the image of Sant Lluc Ulldecona pattern.

  • Roser Church

    Now the House of Culture. Just in front of the former Convent de Sant Domènech (Town Hall) are the Casa de la Cultura, modern building that has been restored respecting the old church rectangular Roser of five sections and square apse, side chapels between buttresses to the nave, the section of the ship that touches the apse want to simulate a cruise. On the old heart and extending toward the center of the church has been at the library. The cover is creueria and has topped the pseudocreuer with an interesting metal spherical dome. The door is "dovellada" from arch and belfry is little high and square section. The exterior is complete with pillars and lintels by way of false buttresses and a small garden.

  • House of the Feligresa

    In the square there is a gallery arcade church, popularly called Pèrxens, from different eras and materials, on which rise dwellings; highlights parishioner House, designed by Cesar Martinell (disciple of Gaudí), the structure and decoration typically modernist. Located on two arches of Tudor art modified profile. It's interesting work of graffiti wall wrought: it represents the Catalan flag framed within a diamond around which are organized unique motifs (bows, tinsel.).

  • Church and Convent of the nuns Agustines

    Dedicated to Santa Magdalena, rise edge Vinaròs the old portal (now Plaça Sales i Ferré, "La Mera"). Built on a primitive house where the nuns were installed provisionally dated 1724. The foundation must Romuald Simon de Pallares, old comanador Hospital Order. The early church was overthrown 1848, and reconsecrated in 1876. It is inhabited by a community of nuns. Due to the various wars the convent has been unemployed several times. The church is rectangular apses plant and consists of four sections and barrel vault resting on pilasters with composite capitals.

  • L'Orfeó

    The Municipal Theatre is an eclectic building with a facade that retains the original structure of 1923, when it was built. Highlights include the large balcony "balustrade" and "ledge-entaulament" classically inspired with central ceiling tile "glazed" it reads "Orfeo Montsiā" coral entity par excellence of our villa and founder of the Theatre.

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ES-12598 Peñíscola


Old town

View of the peninsula of Peñiscola
View of the peninsula of Peñiscola
Gate in Peñíscolaʹs Walls
Gate in Peñíscolaʹs Walls
Peñiscola, alley in the historic center
Peñiscola, alley in the historic center
Peñiscola, stairs in the old town
Peñiscola, stairs in the old town

Peñíscola (Valencian: Peníscola) is in the province of Castellón on the Mediterranean coast of Spain.


Peñiscola is an ancient fortified seaport first established by the Iberians in 1000 BCE. The port was conquered by the Phoenicians, later by the Greeks, and then by the Carthaginians, where Hannibal famously swore to never ally himself with Rome. Later the Romans and Moors controlled the seaport, until it finally came under Christian control in the 13th century.

Today the town with its 5km of beaches is one of the most heavily visited tourist destinations in Spain, popular with both Spanish and international visitors; in summers the population of this small town explodes from less than 8,000 to more than 150,000 people.


  • Castell de Peníscola (Castell del Papa Luna / Peñiscola Castle). 16 Oct - Palm Sunday: daily 10:30-17:30; Palm Sunday - 15 Oct: daily 09:30-21:30. Built on the remains of an older Arab fortification, most of the castle's construction was completed between 1294 and 1307 by the Order of the Knights Templar. The castle served as the residence of Pope Benedict XVIII (aka 'Papa Luna') from 1411 until 1423, and in the late 16th century a series of bastions and gates were added to the complex. The terrace overlooking the castle affords great panoramic views of the town to the north as well as to the Irta mountains to the south. €5 (adults), €3.50 (concessions), free (children under 8). Wikipedia Icon (updated May 2016)
  • Església de Santa Maria de Peníscola (Iglesia de Santa María / Church of Santa Maria) (by the town hall). Built in 1234 atop the remains of an earlier Moorish mosque, the parish church was renovated in the Gothic style in the 15th century and expanded in the 18th century. It houses several valuable objects owned by Papa Luna and his successor Clement VIII, including a cross and chalice, and reliquary. Free. Wikipedia Icon (updated May 2016)
  • Museu de la Mar (Museo de la Mar / Museum of the Sea), C/ Príncipe, s/n, +34 964 481603. Oct-Mar: Tu-Su 09:30-15:30; Apr-Jun: daily 10:00-14:00 16:00-20:00; Jul-Sep: daily 10:00-14:00 17:00-21:00. This small museum showcases archaeological and ethnological artificats from the area, as well as model ships and maps. It also has three aquariums devoted to Mediterranean marine life. Free. Wikipedia Icon (updated May 2016)


  • Restaurante Casa Jaime, Avda Papa Luna, 5, +34 964 480030. Daily 13:00-15:30 20:00-23:00; in winter closed W. Specializes in seafood, with rice dishes especially recommended. Has a terrace overlooking the beach. Reservations by email not accepted. (updated May 2016)
  • Restaurante Casa Dorotea, C/ San Vicente, 12, +34 964 480863. Daily 13:00-15:30 19:30-22:30. Tucked away on a side street and with a homey, comfortable atmosphere, the established restaurant specializes in local seafood. Mains €25+. (updated Nov 2016)
  • Restaurante El Peñon, Carrer Santos Mártires, 22 (on the rd to the castle), +34 964 480716, +34 635 538097. Daily 13:00-15:30 20:00-23:00. This established hotel-restaurant serves seafood and other classic Valencian dishes. Set menu €18. (updated Jun 2016)

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