ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES IN EL BAIX MAESTRAT

The route of the Baix Maestrat travels through the coastal populations of Vinaròs, Benicarló and Alcalà de Xivert. This area famous for its landscape, its gastronomic resources and a consolidated infrastructure of tourist services.

The visitor will enjoy four sites with remains from the II millennium BC until the 2nd century BC, from the Bronze Age to the Iberian Period, with some traces of the Islamic Period.

Three of these sites offer some parallels in terms of location, as they are located on three high hills of Vinaròs-Benicarló plains, being perfectly visible one from another. These are the Puig de la Nau, the Perengil de Vinaròs and the Puig de la Misericòrdia, three archaeological sites that present settlements from the Ancient Iron Age to the Iberian Period.

Our itinerary includes the Santa Lucía complex in Alcalà de Xivert-Alcossebre as well. A natural and lanscaping place to visit both, the hermitage from the XVII century constructed next to a medieval fortress, and an archaeological site with vestiges of occupation in three phases, one from the Bronze Age, another one from the Iron Age and an Islamic village. From this enclave you can also enjoy an exceptional view of the entire coastal area of ​​Castellon.

The itinerary area allows visitors to discover other sites of archaeological interest such as castles and coastal watchtowers, among which the spectacular castles of Alcalà de Xivert and Peñíscola.

SIAP. Servicio de Investigaciones Arqueológicas y Prehistóricas. Diputación de Castellón siap@dipcas.es | © Los autores
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