Segorbe is a small town in Castellón (province).
Segorbe has been inhabited since the earliest of times, due to its strategic location with fertile lands, a navigable river, and springs. During the Islamic era (8th-13th centuries) Segorbe was considered to be one of the most important cities of the Muslim province of Toledo. Its last Muslim ruler converted to Christianity in the early 13th century, and it was later occupied by King Jaime I of Aragon, who used it as a base for the conquest of Valencia.
In modern times the town is known for olive oil and wine, and for its annual running of the bulls.
- 1 Oficina de Turismo, Plaza Alto Palancia, s/n, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. M-F 09:00-14:00 16:00-18:00, Sa 10:00-14:00 16:00-18:00, Su and holidays 10:00-14:00; 15 Jun - 15 Sep: daily 17:00-19:00.
- 1 Estación de Tren de Segorbe-Ciudad, Explanada de la Estación, 2, ☎ (station), (tickets). Renfe regional train line C5 arrives six times daily from Estació de València Nord, with a change of trains required in Sagunto. There is also regular medium-distance service with Teruel, Zaragoza, and Cartagena.
On weekdays Autocares Herca (tel. +34 963 491 250) runs seven buses daily from Valencia, and one bus daily from Sagunto, with the Segorbe 2 bus stop a few blocks from the old centre (C/ Alicante, 5). Schedules for Valencia can be found here, and schedules for Sagunto can be found here.
Autocares Samar also runs frequent buses from Valencia through Sagunto, with the 3 bus stop located a bit further south, at the corner of Avda España and Plaza de la Constitución. Likewise, a schedule and fares are available online.
The town is very small and easily navigable by foot.
- 1 Castillo de la Estrella (Castillo de Sopeña / Star Castle) (Sopeña Hill). The remains of a Moorish castle, which were possibly built on top of an Iberian fortress. Little remains of the castle today, as since the 18th century it was used as a source of building material for other construction. However the hill provides good views over the town and the surrounding area.
- Murallas Medievales (City Walls), C/ Argén. The earliest foundations of the city walls date from the Roman period; the wall was heavily modified by the Arabs in the 11th century, while the majority of the remaining wall visible today dates largely from the 14th century. The longest section of the wall runs along the length of Calle Argén.
- 2 Portal del Argén (Argen Gate). The old Arabic gateway to the city.
- 3 Torre del Verdugo (Torre del Botxí / Executioner's Tower). Tu-Su 12:00-13:00. So called as it was once the residence of the town's executioner, the 14th-century watchtower is part of the remnants of the city walls. €2 (adults), €1 (seniors), free (children under 12).
- 4 Torre de la Cárcel (Prison Tower), C/ de la Torre, 2. Tu-Su 12:00-13:00. Also connected to the city wall, and dating from the 14th century. €2 (adults), €1 (seniors), free (children under 12).
- 5 Acueducto (Aqueduct). Originally built by the Moors in the 11th century, the current structure dates from the 14th. It is most eaily viewed from where it crosses C/ Colón.
- 6 Arco de la Verónica (Arch of Veronica), C/ Verónica. This entrance to the old city is believed to of Moorish origin, although some historians believe it may be Roman.
- 7 Ayuntamiento, Plaza Agua Limpia, 2, ☎ . M-F 08:00-15:00. This ducal palace was built in the 16th century by the King of Aragon, it was acquired by the municipality in the late 19th century. Two especially noteworthy Mudéjar elements survive in the building, including an ornate wooden ceiling in the Salón de Plenos, and an intricate pair of wooden doors.
- 8 Catedral Basílica de Segorbe (Segorbe Cathedral), C/Santa María, s/n, ☎ . Museum: Tu-Sa 11:00-13:30; crypt Tu-Su 13:00-14:00. Formerly a mosque, the church was rebuilt in the 13th century in the Valencian Gothic style. Parts of the building were renovated in the 16th and 18th centuries, and only the cloister has retained its original form. The cathedral museum houses one of the better collections of Valencian Gothic paintings in the community, and also has a piece by the Italian early Renaissance painter Donatello. It is well worth climbing the bell tower for a good view of the city walls, and visiting the 13th-14th century crypt (access on C/ Colón). Museum: €3 (adults), €2 (seniors); crypt: €2 (adults), €1 (seniors), free (children under 12).
- 9 Museo de Arqueología y Etnología (Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology), C/ Colón, 98, ☎ . M-Sa 11:00-14:00 17:00-19:00, Su 11:00-14:00. The building was constructed in 1792 from blocks from the castle, and showcases archaeological finds from the area. On the first floor are artifacts from the Bronze Age, Iberian, Roman, Moorish, and medieval periods, while the second floor is dedicated to regional handcrafts. Free.
- 10 Museo del Aceite (Museum of Olive Oil), Plaza de Belluga, 1, ☎ . Su M 11:00-14:00, Tu-Sa 11:00-14:00 16:30-18:30, holidays 11:00-14:00. Located in a former olive oil mill, the museum's exhibits illustrate the process of extraction. €2 (adults), €1 (seniors).
- 11 Fuente de los 50 Caños, Avda Diputación, s/n. Pleasantly situated on the bank of the Palancia River, the unusual fountain has 50 spouts with 50 coats of arms, one for each province in Spain.
- Entrada de Toros y Caballos (Running of the Bulls and Horses). From M-Su of the 1st or 2nd week of September. Although not as well-known as Pamplona's Sanfermines, Segorbe's festival is just as old, dating from at least the 14th century, and has been designated a Festival of International Touristic Interest by the Spanish government. Unlike other bull runs, it is distinguished by the use of horses to guide the bulls as they run through the town, and by the absence of barriers protecting onlookers, who prod the bulls on with sticks or canes. An estimated 20,000 spectators participate each day in this event.
At 12:00 each day a dozen bulls are collected from the nearby hamlet of Peñalba and driven across the river and along C/ Argén to the Torre del Verdugo (Torre del Botxí), which they reach at about 13:00. The roads are lined with spectators, and a few daredevils will attempt to run with the bulls as they pass; there are several good perches along the the city walls from which to observe the action.
At Torre del Verdugo six bulls are are then selected for the carrera (running), which begins promptly at 14:00, signaled by a firecracker. The bulls and horsemen then thunder along C/ Colón to the provisional bullring at the 12 Plaza de la Cueva Santa, where they are held in pens until the evening's bullfights. The entire run lasts just about a minute, with throngs of spectators who had previously been milling about frantically running to the sides of the street to evade the bulls. The horsemen then return to the starting point, with great applause and fanfare.
- 1 Cooperativa Agrícola San Isidro (Segorbe Nostrum), Avda España, 119, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. The cooperative sells local olive oils made from Espadán olives, the most famous of which is Segorbe Nostrum.
- 3 Segorbina de Bastones, Ctra Segorbe-Castellnovo, km 2, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. M-F 09:00-20:00, Sa 09:00-13:00. Sells handmade walking sticks, including for hiking.
- 4 Mercadillo (street market), C/ Colón. Th mornings. A weekly street market for local produce and other goods.
- 1 Arrocerías Casa Alba, C/ La Rioja, 146 y 147 (Polígono La Esperanza), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. M-Th 09:00-19:00, F 09:00-20:30, Sa 09:00-14:00, Su 09:00-21:00. Specializes in rice dishes.
- 1 Hospedería El Palen, C/ Franco Ricart, 9, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 12:00-23:30, check-out: 12:00. A renovated old house with a well-regarded onsite restaurant as well as a pub-café. Free Wi-Fi, no parking. Doubles €60+.
- 2 Hotel María de Luna, Avda Comunidad Valenciana, 2, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Check-in: after 12:00, check-out: before 12:00. A modern family-run, non-smoking hotel. The onsite restaurant specializes in traditional regional cuisine. Has free Wi-Fi, luggage storage, and bicycle rental; private parking €7/day. Doubles €59+, including breakfast.
- 3 Hotel Spa Martín el Humano, C/ Fray Bonifacio Ferrer, 7, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Located in a renovated 18th-century hospital. The building is non-smoking, and the onsite restaurant can accommodate special diets by prior request. Free Wi-Fi, onsite spa and fitness centre (extra fee), private parking €10/day. Doubles €85+, including breakfast.