Surrounded by buttes
MEDIEVAL ATMOSPHERE FORCALL
Forcall receives its name because of the shape of forca (hayfork), created by the rivers Caldés, Cantavieja and Morella, which converge together forming the river Bergantes. The town is surrounded by four buttes (moles) rich in landscape and wildlife: Mola Garumba, Sant Pere or Roc, Sant Marc or La Vila and Encamaràs or Roca Roja.
Capital in Roman times, the city of Lesera, located in La Moleta dels Frares, is the most important site in the province of Castellón. In Forcall, we can highlight the town centre with a large porticoed square, with buildings of great value as El Palau dels Osset, El Palau dels Fort, La Casa de la Vila or Palau de les Escaletes. Other points of interest are the Sant Josep hermitage and its Calvary, the garden and viewpoint of the river Caldés or the church known as l’Església de l’Assumpció. In Forcall we can also find the oldest baking furnace in operation in Europe.
The municipality includes religious buildings such as the shrine of la Mare de Déu de la Consolació, dedicated to the patron saint, numerous farms and locations with high interest in cultural terms, such as the dels Moros square. La Teuleria, an ancient tile factory, has been converted into an interpretation center for the wildlife and flora of the river Bergantes.
THE OLDESTS BAKING FURNACE IN EUROPE FORCALL
Casa de la Vila or Palau de les Escaletes: From the 11th -12th centuries, it was declared Asset of Cultural Interest. Gothic building, with a facade of double cantilever staircase on a rounded arch. It has had many purposes throughout history. Currently, there are three parts: the restaurant (in the lower part), museum and assembly hall (first floor) and the Town Hall, formerly placed in the old Church of San Miguel, 15th century (in one side).
Palau dels Osset: Typical Aragonese Renaissance palace from the 16th and 17th centuries. Noble stone architecture, in which it highlights its beautiful and artistic double eaves made from carved wood and the 36 arches of its top floor. Currently, it is a hotel and a restaurant.
Forn de la Vila: Its origins go back to 1246, which makes this baking furnace the oldest in operation in Europe. The original structure remains with two arches, one rounded and another pointed, where the wood-fired ovens are placed.
Permanent Collection: It unveils the past of Forcall. The archeology section comprises materials found in the Iberian-Roman town of Lesera. Furthermore, it treasures the remains of the medieval Forcall as the stone known as “la pedra dels ocells” and paleontological fossils.
The Espardenya’s Museum: place in which visitors can discover the traditional craft of the espadrille
Interpretation Center of the traditional festivity of Sant Antoni: Tour through the festivities consecrated to Saint Anthony, declared
Asset of Cultural Interest.Bergantes Nature Interpretation Center
Sant Josep hermitage and Calvary: Baroque shrine and its Calvary built in 1682, has a covered porch with pointed arches. In the gardens, on a pedestal, we can see the statue of Saint Joseph. The Calvary has Stations of the Cross or Viacrucis.
Virgen de la Consolació hermitage: From the 18th century, its location permits the observation of rivers and the valley where the town is placed. Location of paramount importance for the population, where the patron saint of the town is placed.
Former convent of the Dominicans: From the 18th century, it is a church that measures 27m long and 6m wide. It has a bell tower that measures 27m. In 1936, it was destroyed and currently it is not properly preserved.
ROMAN PAST LESERA
Being the settlement of Lesera the only Roman town of Castellon, it has been considered the most important archaeological site in the province. It was placed at La Moleta dels Frares.
FESTIVITIES AND TRADITIONS
Sant Antoni. La Santantonà. The celebration of fire and winter, interesting in terms of peculiarity and age, since it treasures a wide variety of cultural, anthropological and historical features and has preserved its tradition.
Date: In January, the closest weekend to the 17th
· To the wayside cross of San Marcos: closest weekend to the 25th of April.
· To Sant Cristòfol de Saranyana: Second weekend of May
· To Sant Joaquim de la Menadella. The highest point of the term and not far from the “Ratlla d’Aragó” which separates Valencia and Aragon
To Sant Cristòfol
Date: Mid July. Patron saint of drivers
Festivities in honour of La Verge de la Consolació and Sant Víctor Màrtir
Date: last week of August
Forcall unveils the Iberian-Roman Lesera.
WALKING TRAIL “LES 4 MOLES”:
Non-competitive hike that crosses the four buttes that goes arround the town.
Tourist Office: Major square, 36, + 34 964171290 email@example.com
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: WWW.FORCALL.ES