Should you be travelling near the Spanish resorts of Peniscola or Benicarlo on the Mediterranean coast and you fancy some history and typical culture for the region, then there is no better place than to visit the medieval town of Morella.
This historic town is situated on top of a mountain 984m above sea level and from the castle – that is the jewel in the crown – you can encounter magnificent emerald green scenery for miles.
Don’t let the fact that this town is high in the mountains put you off taking your Bailey leisure vehicle. The Peugeot Boxer had no problems with the topography and although there are a few sharp and twisting bends, nothing was troubling our Autograph 79-4. As the town comes into view, you think to yourself “it’s worth it!”.
The scenery on the drive is fantastic. We parked on a free aire about 5 minutes from the town itself. Due to the steep incline, you may want to use the car park adjacent to the town that allows motorhomes to park in the day for 2 euros.
As you enter the walled town through impressive gates, the view is breathtaking. You’re welcomed by ancient stonewalls and whitewashed houses with terracotta coloured roofs – no wonder that it has been voted one of the prettiest villages in Spain!
A short wander through the cobbled streets displays something for everybody. History is oozing from the walls, with many shops selling locally produced products such as goat’s cheese, the house of honey, local bread and – since the 13th century – Morella blankets.
Be sure to visit the castle that dominates the town and has seen many conflicts such as the Punic war. In 714, it was taken by the Moors and renamed Maurela. In 1804, El CID, who is believed may have rebuilt the castle, fought the battle of Morella – defeating Sancho Ramirez of Aragon.