, Mas d'Enroqueta, s/n, Culla, Castellón.
Aldea Roqueta is a charming little cluster of typical Castellón houses perfectly preserved and renovated, with amazing views of the Serra d’Engarcerán valley. There’s an altogether slower pace of life here in this least-known province of Mediterranean Spain. Birdsong replaces traffic noise, and the smell of blossom and aromatic herbs replaces fumes.
There are 18 suites, each with a character of its own. They are designed to provide privacy, a restful environment, the opportunity to enjoy the peace of the countryside. All the rooms have covered terraces with beautiful views across the surrounding valley and mountains. At a more than generous 30sqm, the junior suites are the smallest rooms, featuring a double bed, sofa, work desk and private bathroom with a bath and shower. Next up are the standard suites and 40sqm, followed logically enough by the senior suites measuring a huge 50 sqm. At the top of the pile is the Grand Suite with 2 sofas, a chimney desk and a super king bed. All rooms have expansive country views, a terrace, wi-fi, minibar and more. Most are also suitable for guests with restricted mobility.
The swimming pool out in the garden is just like a natural pool, nestled amongst the trees, and chlorine-free. The garden is also the perfect place to take a picnic and enjoy it in peace and solitude while gazing out at the surrounding scenery. Indoors there’s a large lounge with comfy sofas and a games corner. There’s also a library laden with books and magazines.
Aldea Roqueta’s restaurant serves fresh fish from the port of Vinaroz, meat from the farms of Vilafranca, vegetables and fruit from local market gardens and, in season, game. The cuisine is based on the diversity and richness of Mediterranean food styles.
Castellon barely features on the usual tourist map, and it’s all the better for that! Towns and villages are few and far between but there is a huge landscape to be enjoyed. Of course it’s great for sightseeing whether you travel on foot, by bike or in a car. Hikers can follow the specially designated trails such as “Barranc dels Horts” and “Route Circular de la Mola”. There are museums, art galleries, cave paintings, picturesque villages, wine-tasting and cheese-tasting.