What to see. Vilafames you can visit the castle of Arab origin, the coat on the southern slope where is the set of rock painting World Heritage by UNESCO in 1998, the Church of the Blood, the Parish Church and Gothic Palau the Batlle. In this palace you can visit the Museum of Contemporary Art.
To enjoy. A simple walk around the old town and the essential Vilafamés cuartijo visit, of Arabic origin and the oldest part of the population.
Sleeping. Vertical Garden, a seventeenth century house built in red stone rodeno. It was the residence of artists and is perched on the wall giving guests a unique view Penyagolosa.
Not to be missed. Els Pelegrins Les Useres. The last Friday in April the population revives an old tradition of the Middle Ages. Twelve pilgrims walking barefoot and guide the route of 35 kilometers that will take them to the sanctuary of Sant Joan de Penyagolosa. In the old City Hall has created a museum dedicated to this pilgrimage.
The de Mayo is not the only case of recovery of winemaking tradition in the region. And so, from the Castellón Chamber of Commerce works to promote a wine route pursued revitalize domestic tourism through oenology. The project is not yet closed but it is working. "Now I have an average of visits per month when eighty people came just before six," said Gabriel. In your case it helps to have the cellar, dug in the mountains, in the town that already is attractive. "I try to capture the visitor through tourism has already Vilafamés, anywhere in fact the first thing you see is a view of the town," he says.
And the visit to the wineries and vineyards is seen as a bonus to one of the busiest tourist areas in the region. A Vilafamés, a town of about 2,000 inhabitants, approach each year thousands of tourists attraction of its streets and its castle (of Arab origin but whose remains are visible of the Christian era). The first evidence of population date back to 80,000 years ago and it is recorded. On the south side of the castle, on top of the population, remain rock paintings have been dated to the second millennium BC. Before coming to the castle struck by the Pedra Grossa, a huge natural stone rock sandstone typical of the area, in the middle of the population remains in a strange balance.
"What we want now is that 20% of tourism is generated through wine, but considering that what is offered is a whole pack in an environment in itself attractive," says Gabriel Mayo. This pack also come distinctive accommodations and restaurants in the area.
The cooperative Vilafamés wines. / JESUS CISCAR
But this wine route does not stop there. The nearby town of Les Useres also has its place with three wineries. Vicente Flors, runs one of them, also embarked on a winemaking tradition family recover after a generation of neglect. "My grandfather, like so many neighbors, made wine and got to sell it in the 20s," says Flors while walking the way to their vineyards. He also points to the exodus to the factories as a turning point. "When my grandfather died winery was closed one day and wanted to know why I liked the wine more than another, I went to a tasting there and said, 'Someday I will come,'" he explains. And so it was. Flors says he is "very excited" about the project of the Wine Route. The same enthusiasm that has been recovered and recycled winery winemaker banker. "My challenge is to do everything as before," he says. And she explains walk their vineyards.