RUGGED AND MAGNIFICENT CASTELLFORT
Surrounded by a rugged terrain with ravines that have dug authentic cuts and heights of over 1,300 meters, and perched on a flat topped hill between natural walls made out of dry stone, we find Castellfort. A stunning landscape that we can see from the viewpoint La Finestra del Mirador inside the very same village. Wandering through its streets we will discover the porches from the 17 th and 18 th century, which acted as a commercial market; the Town Hall, whose façade is the most important in terms of artistic value; the Church, built in the 18 th century, with a Neo-renaissance style and elegant proportions, La Confraria dels Lletrats, or other outstanding historical buildings as La Casa dels Marquesos de Castellfort, els Montserrat and “Les Capelletes”.
Outside the town, at 1,282 meters, Sant Pere hermitage stands out, a shrine site of numerous pilgrimages. A large church, with a style of transition from Romanesque to Gothic built during the 12th and 13th centuries, one of the oldest in Castellón. Moreover, we can find other shrines as La Mare de Déu de la Font or Santa Llúcia.
RELIGIOUS ARCHITECTURE CASTELLFORT
Sant Pere hermitage: a shrine consecrated to St. Peter which was declared Asset of Cultural Interest, dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries. Following a style of transition from Romanesque to Gothic, it is one of the oldest in the province of Castellón. At 1,282 meters, it is place where you can enjoy extensive views of the region.
Mare de Déu de la Font: A set of buildings grouped around a square, as the church, the inn, the stable for the horses and the painted hall.
The Church: Built in the 18th century, with Neo-renaissance style and elegant proportions.
Santa Llúcia: A set of buildings consecrated to Saint Lucy that form an inhabited house. The church preserves a magnificent pavement with cobbles that form a maze.
HISTORY AND NATURE CASTELLFORT
La Rambla Celumbres: A landscape of great singularity and beauty among Cinctorres, Portell and Castellfort. It stands out the bed of the brook known as La Rambla, with its vertiginous rocky cliffs and several landmarks, such as La Roca Roja, La Roca Parda and La Roca del Corb.
Dry-stone buildings: Dry stone constructions used as a refuge for shepherds. The best places to admire dry stone buildings are the surroundings of Sant Pere and the road to Villafranca.
Iberian settlement: The remains of a fortified settlement, recently discovered in archaeological excavations. It has brought to light the castle of Castellfort which had towers and walls, near this place, more remains have been discovered.
TRADITION AND HISTORY
Castellfort breathes tradition and history. The shrine of Sant Pere is the end of various pilgrimages, such as the one held in Cati or the pilgrims of Portell. In addition, the people of Castellfort go on a pilgrimage to other parts of the municipality such as to the Mare de Déu de la Font.
Festivities and traditions
Sant Antoni: Main celebration of winter, which has fire as protagonist and is held in January.
Pilgrimage to La Mare de Déu de la Font: Second Saturday of Lent
Els Catinencs: First Saturday of May. Pilgrimage from Cati and Castellfort, which has been held since 1424, in which the pilgrims pray for rains for a good harvest.
Santa Quiteria: Special pastries are prepared by the women of the village and distributed in La Mare de Déu de la Font.
Patronal festivities in honour of Sant Roc and La Mare de Déu de la Font.
Held at the end of August.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: WWW.CASTELLFORT.ES