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Our guide book and several people had recommended a visit to the old hillside town of Morella. The weather was a bit cloudy and chilly so wrapping up warm was a must. It didn’t take long to get to Morella although the road at times was very twisty and took us through some wild hilly countryside. Coming over a pass we got our first site of the medieval fortress town high on a hill as it rose from the surrounding plain. The town is crowned by a rocky spur with a castle on the top and a ring of medieval walls. It must have been magnificent in its day.

The town has a long history.There are traces of settlement by the Iberians, succeeded by the Greeks (who established a treasury) and Romans, Visigoths and the Moors (who gave it the name Maurela in 714AD). From the early 17th century to the Spanish Civil War, the town was often fought over, due to its strategic situation between the Ebro and the coastal plain of Valencia.

We parked within the walls and started our exploring. First we walked around the walls and then through the main gate way into the town with its charming narrow streets. We visited the main church of St Mary the Major where just outside they were building a huge bonfire for the Feast of St Anthony. We were told that the fire was built with a passage way through the middle where brave people walk or run through during the festivities. We were also amazed by how close the fire would be to the nearby building- the fire safety people would have had a fit in the UK.

The church was magnificent with a wonderful choir staircase telling the story of the life of Jesus and a very ornate high altar.

From the church we made our way to the castle. Although a ruin now it was impressive and according to history El Cid is reputed to have rebuilt the castle seen today in 10th century. The path from the lower walls zigzagged up to the top of the castle, with magnificent views across the surrounding countryside. Well worth the climb.

Our final stop of the day was the remains of the Gothic aqueduct which was built in the 14th century to supply the town’s water.



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