Mestre de Montesa, Valencia

The walls that surround the town centre at Mestre de Montanesa.

 

Mestre de Montesa was a cute little stop off en route to the magnificent Morella. After a winding downwards from the mountain slopes the landscape levelled off and we found ourselves in theis thriving little town’s square for a much needed ‘Clara sin’.

The town is quite small and has grown outwards from its central plaza which is dominated by restaurants, coffee shops and a few decorative ornaments including a fountain upon which sits the statue of a lady holding real flowers.

On the day we arrived it was extremely hot and the square was packed with German cycle groups who were also taking advantage of the respite.

Mestre de Montesa is largely built within old stone walls that encircle its borders and it was here that I first got a taste of the Spanish take on Moorish architecture. The church has the distinctive blue and shiny dome roof that was prevalent everywhere in the Valencia region.

 

The central plaza at Mestre de Montanesa, Valencia, where a strange radio station was blasted across the square.

The central plaza at Mestre de Montanesa, Valencia, where a strange radio station was blasted across the square.

 

Back to the main square and for some reason someone felt it was necessary to blast the local radio station from a distorted sounding PA speaker which played a host of adverts (that I thankfully couldn’t understand) after every song. Perhaps it was a humble attempt at recreating non-subscription Spotify.

The strange affectations aside, Mestre de Montesa is a lovely and picturesque town set amongst a vast wilderness of rolling hills and distant mountains; perhaps not a place to spend a week long holiday but enough to enjoy an afternoon or even a few days of relaxation.

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