Valencian Community region is full of stunning places and Via Verde del Mar route definitely qualifies as one of them. Rough seashore views, blue sea, sharp cliffs, hidden coves, pine woods, watchtowers, and many more… Let’s go on a pleasant walk in nature along the old train route and discover many wonders of Via Verde del Mar, a scenic route between Benicassim and Oropesa.
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Via Verde del Mar, Spain FAQ
Via Verde del Mar is 5.6 km long (one way).
Yes, definitely! Via Verde is a very scenic route with low difficulty (it’s mostly flat), which makes it a fantastic option for outdoor activity for people of all ages. It’s also suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Via Verde is suitable for both pedestrians and cyclists. What’s more, it can also be swum in a kayak alongside the shore – it’s a great option to see the route from a different perspective.
Via Verde del Mar, scenic route between Benicassim and Oropesa
Kilometer 0 of the Via Verde is located in Benicassim, near Voramar Beach. There you’ll also find an amazing viewpoint over Benicassim, Mirador Els Canons.
If you’re wondering if you can start in Oropesa – sure! It doesn’t really matter in which of these two cities you’ll start, just choose a place more suitable for you.
Via Verde winds along the coast with many viewpoints and rest areas. So if you get tired, you’ll for sure find a picturesque place to rest for a bit. Just look around and you’ll find the perfect spot to rest and snatch a picture or two.
Don’t miss visiting watchtowers, Torre Colomera and Torre de la Corda, which were used to defend the coast from pirate attacks.
Another place you shouldn’t miss along Via Verde is Renega Beach. It’s a natural stone beach with a rocky shore and many hidden caves. The beach isn’t visible straight from the route because of the dense pine forest, so when you see a Renega Beach Bar take a turn and go down the slope until you reach the beach.
At the last kilometer of the route, you’ll reach the 600-meter-long El Bovalar tunnel. You can either go through the tunnel or choose a more picturesque route with great views over the sea, pines, and rosemary scent in the air. If you wish to go that way, right before the entrance to the tunnel go to a path on the right and follow the signs. Whichever route you’ll choose at the end, amazing views of Oropesa and its port will be waiting for you.
Practical information about Via Verde del Mar
- Try to start early if you wish to avoid crowds. We began at 9AM on one September Saturday and there were already lots of people (mostly cyclists and runners). When we were heading back to Benicassim, around 12PM, many people were just starting and the route was getting very crowded.
- Don’t forget to take a lot of water and a hat. Via Verde is an open space without many places to hide from the sun. And it can get really hot there!
- Take your swimming suit if you want to enjoy a little break on the peaceful beach.
How to get to Via Verde Del Mar starting point?
You can choose to start walking/cycling Via Verde either in Benicassim or Oropesa.
If you travel by car, you can leave your car in this parking lot right at the beginning of the route in Benicassim or this one a little bit further. In Oropesa you can choose this parking lot next to the Tourist Office. In both cities, you can also look for parking spaces on the nearby streets.
If you travel by public transport, you can get to Benicassim and Oropesa by bus or train, depending on where you are traveling from. To learn more about connections that might interest you visit rome2rio.com website. Your other option is to get there by taxi.
Via Verde Benicassim Oropesa route – Summing up & our opinion
If you feel like going on a picturesque yet easy and relaxing walk – Via Verde should be your choice while in the Province of Castellon. For us, it was a half-day walk during our few weeks stay in Benicassim. We did it in early September and back then the weather was very nice, perfect for such a walk. Not too cold, not too hot. We found walking the Via Verde route very pleasant. Some parts were a bit more boring than others (like the tunnel) but overall there is nothing to complain about. The walk was pleasant, easy, and full of amazing views! The whole route (start and end in Benicassim) took us about 6 hours. We can definitely recommend it to everyone.
Restaurants, accommodations, and map
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Where to eat in Via Verde del Mar?
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Where to sleep in Via Verde del Mar?
Solea House Hotel Boutique
Solea House Hotel Boutique is a charming boutique hotel located in the coastal town of Benicassim. The hotel offers a range of stylish and comfortable rooms, each with its own unique decor and character, as well as a range of modern amenities. Guests can enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet in the hotel's bright and airy dining room, and relax in the hotel's peaceful garden terrace.
Hotel Bersoca is a cozy, family-run hotel located just a short walk from the beach in Benicassim. The hotel offers comfortable rooms with modern amenities, including air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Guests can enjoy a daily breakfast buffet and relax on the hotel's terrace or in the garden.
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