If you take a walk up north from Peñíscola’s old town, strolling along the Paseo Marítimo of Playa del Norte (aptly called Avenida del Papa Luna), you will eventually cross over Peñíscola’s town borders and start getting closer to Benicarló’s town centre. Initially, nothing may seem to have changed. The Paseo Marítimo is still lined with palm trees, and along its way you may sit in small cafés or ice cream shops. However, as you get closer to Benicarlo’s town centre you may get the feeling that you are seeing less individual villas with pools, or large apartment buildings meant to serve as second residences and more standard buildings where common working folks live.
Benicarló is indeed a touristic city and tourism plays an important role in the city’s day to day. But, unlike Peñíscola and Oropesa del Mar, this is not the first industry in the city. Most of its 27,000 inhabitants occupy their days in the furniture industry (with great tradition in Benicarló), the textile industry, sea fishery and agriculture focused on oranges (of course!) and artichokes. This means that if you are looking for a property for sale in Benicarló you want to avoid the larger touristic concentrations of the south, and probably prefer to live closer to where common Spanish people live, in order to improve your Spanish and integrate with the local society. Maybe not so much integration as to one day be running in front of the bulls by the beach during the Bous a la Mar (Bulls to the sea) festivities in August. And if you like fishing, this town has a deeply enrooted fishermen’s town soul. Here there is a good marina, a sports fishermen’s association and plenty of great fishing spots in which you can practice your skills. Just get your rod and ask the locals. In Benicarló, you get access to both Peñíscola’s Playa del Norte and Benicarló’s own Playa de Morrongo, right by the port, where you can enjoy an ice cream while watching Peñíscola’s peninsula. A few Brits and French have settled in this area, but, if you decide to buy a property in Benicarló, you can still have the feeling that you are living in a genuine Spanish town. Benicarló is also quite well connected to the rest of Costa del Azahar and to Catalonia, since the train station of Benicarló-Peñíscola is placed here. There is no reason why your search for a property for sale in Costa del Azahar should not include Benicarló. Maybe in this town you will find the perfect combination needed for your new life in Spain.
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