Vinaros

Vinaros has a smart new pedestrian only seafront promenade completed in 2011. The historic city centre is just back from the beach, which makes Vinaros a convenient place to visit; great beaches, eating out and shopping too. Independent shops and boutiques, a great choice of restaurants and tapas bars as well as night clubs and bars. Vinaros is famous nationally for its local tiger prawn shrimps.

Vinaros has always attracted mainly Spanish tourists and has maintained an authentic town atmosphere. Historically, Vinaros was a shipbuilding centre, a wine growing region and had a thriving canned preserves industry. Grapes grew everywhere, hence the towns'  name. More recently, farmers have planted oranges and clementines. Fishing, agriculture and furniture manufacture have become the core of the local economy.

Just 10 km north of The Bike Inn, Vinaros is the first town of the Costa Azahar-Orange Blossom coast-the name given to the coast of Castellon in Valencia, Spain. Good rail connections by with Barcelona and Valencia.

Carnaval-Mardi gras. Vinaros are castellons' hosts to carnaval parade. Declared a national heritage event, the festival takes over the town in Febuary. Lavish costumes, carnaval queen celebrations and lots of street entertainment. Dancing till dawn.

Vinaros is an quick ride from the village. We tackle a dry river bed track to visit hillside Iberian ruins before skirting the hills down towards the sea. There are also interesting coastal bike paths heading north from Vinaros towards Casas de Alcanar in Catalunya.