Vall de Uxó is a municipality of Valencia, Spain. It is located in the south of the Province of Castellón, in the region of the Lower Plains. The town is located along the Mediterranean coast, which enjoys the typical climatic conditions of this area, with mild winters and hot summers.
The Vall is surrounded by mountains in the interior of the Province but only about 8 kilometers from the beach and 30 kilometers from the capital of the Province, Castellon.
The first mention of the area appears in Arabic texts, referring to it as Shun although the current territory of Vall de Uxó has been occupied since prehistoric times by different human groups. The Caves of San José and other surrounding caves represent the oldest vestiges from a chronological point of view.
Apart from the monuments, castles, towers and ancient churches of the village the places of outstanding interest are the Aqueducts of San Jose and Alcudia: located on the road from San José, at the end of town and The Caves of San José – A grotto through which passes the river San Jose, 2,750 m long possibly reaching 4 or 5 km, which would place it in the World Catalogue of the Largest Cave Formations. It’s interior is an indescribable wonder, full of the whimsical forms of nature illuminated meticulously with artificial light to create a fantasy world of colour, light and shapes. The interior of the cave was also used during prehistoric times by human groups to establish their habitat.
The latest archaeological excavations have resulted in the discovery of a deposit with a chronology of over 15,000 years. They have also discovered ha cave paintings of schematic style which are particularly valuable being only example of this type of art in the region of The Lower Plains. The underground river is a unique natural attraction for its navigability and its beauty. It is the longest navigable underground river in Europe.
The town celebrates their festivities in April and October. Early in the year are the festivities of San Vicente Ferrer, which highlight is the famous «Agricultural Fair, and Commercial Machinery» that attracts visitors from across the Province; and later are the feasts of the Holy Family and the Holy Christ, which also attract many tourists to the medieval fair held in October and also for its beautiful and numerous processions. Both festivities have been declared of National Tourist Interest.
The fundamental features of the Vallera cuisine are the same as those of the Valencian. Thus, the paella is a dish that is cooked in every house of the town. However, there are some very characteristic dishes of this town. These include: ‘Cocas de tomato or vegetable and barrets’ – types of tomato and vegetable pastries, they are a typical buffet for festive occasions.
Rice «Empedrado»: a hunters dish cooked with pork, rice, mashed beans and game, especially rabbit, hare and partridge. Manjóvenes: A very light pastry of Muslim origin. Panets: prepared with figs and almonds, pressed into moulds made for the purpose and finally, Baked rice: a very traditional dish, consisting of: ribs, sausages, chickpeas, tomatoes, and rice.
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