ROOTS AND TRADITION
Time seems to have been frozen in Els Ports. Land with plenty of history, preserves its roots and traditions and offers a unique legacy. Throughout its vast territory, which shares both borders and roots with the regions of El Maestrat and El Matarranya, we can find numerous towns, country houses, hermitages, wayside crosses, shrines and civil constructions among others which, undoubtedly, witness the passage of time.
Castell de Cabres, Castellfort, Cinctorres, Forcall, Herbers, La Mata, Morella, with Xiva, Ortells, La Pobleta and Herbeset, Olocau del Rey, Palanques, La Pobla de Benifassà, with El Boixar, Coratxà, El Ballestar and Fredes, Portell, with Les Alberedes, Sorita, Todolella, with Saranyana, Vallibona, Vilafranca, with La Pobla del Bellestar and Villores are the towns that keep our history and allow to enjoy the tranquility of an alive region.
A UNIQUE HERITAGE
LECY AND HISTORY
Els Ports has managed to preserve the impressive legacy brought by its history. Land of dinosaurs, cave paintings, Roman archaeological sites, castles, churches, battles and palaces, the significance of this region throughout history has meant that nowadays we are able to enjoy a unique heritage.
Going all over Els Ports also implies discovering spectacular dry stone constructions, country houses, chapels and shrines among others. Numerous places inviting us to discover an extraordinary shared history.
A FASCINATING HISTORY
Els Ports, located in the heart of the ancient Crown of Aragon, has long been a crossroads, and a border as well. This region, bounded since the Middle Ages, has a great historical weight and a remarkably strong personality. The Reconquest of the Kingdom of Valencia, which was born in this region, led to centuries caracterised by rivalry, struggle, wars and battles. The independence of nine villages from Morella in the 17th century, was followed by wars as the Spanish Succession, the French, the Carlist Wars or the Spanish Civil War. Conflicts which have left vital episodes which have marked the history of the region.
TRADITION AND MODERNITY
QUALITY RAW MATERIALS
Els Ports, with a typical mountain cuisine, is the region of the Valencian Community with the highest number of farms, which creates a unique landscape and provides us with outstanding raw materials. Based on this agricultural heritage, fields, crops, farms and mountains, we can find a gastronomy which has been transmitted from generation to generation and which is being adapted to new trends in order to provide products with a lifetime history an innovative twist.
MOUNTAINS AND VALLEYS
Els Ports is nature. Being a region crossed by valleys and mountains drawing a stunning ladscape, the passage of time has created a spectacular orography, perfect for those who love nature and tourism. From north to south and from east to west, from La Tinença de Benifassà toVillafranca and from El Maestrat to El Matarranya, forests, rivers, valleys and mountains fill our landscape with green areas. A natural spectacle, which experiences its peak periods during the spring and the autumn.
ADVENTURE AND SPORT
HIKING AND MBT
Els Ports is the ideal scenario for the practice of active sport, thanks to the uniqueness of our topography. Every single town has plenty of hiking trails that allow to discover one-of-a-kind landscapes. Moreover, Els Ports is currently being consolidated as the ideal location for the practice of mountain biking, since the paths of the region combine entertainment for lovers of this sport with bucolic surroundings, with an impressive heritage.
The adventure park Saltapins is the most suitable place for leisure and adventure with the whole family, walking on the trees and enjoying their long zip-lines, right outside Morella. Climbing, speleology, horse riding, organised races, etc. are some of the services ready to be enjoyed in the region.
You are to find unique festivals with a tradition of centuries that highlight the culture of the different localities.
A UNIQUE LOCATION
MOUNTAIN VS BEACH
SO FAR, SO CLOSE
The region of Els Ports enjoys a unique location, enviable for many. In the core of a mountain area, with many of its municipalities located above 1,000 meters, and just over 40 minutes from the coast, it is away from crowded big cities, in the very middle of the mountain, where peace and tranquility walk hand in hand to be enjoyed by the people, in landscapes of a singular region.
VALENCIAN AND THE AGRICULTURAL WORLD
VALENCIAN AS MOTHER TONGUE
A REGION OF AGRICULTURE AND FARMING
The inhabitants of Els Ports and their way of speaking, using Valencian as mother tongue, constitute a differentiator element compared to other regions. Furthermore, this is one of the regions from the Valencian Community with a larger number of farms and livestock.