The beautiful town of Vistabella del Maestrat, a municipality in the province of Castellón located in the region of Alcalatén, has barely a population, where in 2016 they had registered 364 inhabitants. Its great rural appeal will definitely make you want to visit it.
Of Muslim origin, after the Christian conquest in 1251 by James I, Vistabella was given by William of Anglesola and his wife Constance of Alagon to Berenguer of Anglesola and other knights, as stated in his first letter. of population, granted in 1251. The town was property of the Order of the Templars and, later, of the one of Wild, along with other seven towns of the Master formed the Seventh of Culla, union to defend cattle rights and pastures. The name of Master derives from the term master, since these territories were under the jurisdiction of the Great Master of the military orders of the Temple, San Juan and Montesa, where more from now on, in 1838 during the Carlistas Wars, was created the General Command of the Mastership as a military district. For those who do not know, El Maestrat is a historic region that extends to the north of the Valencian province of Castellón and the southeast of the Aragonese province of Teruel.
Returning to the population, it must be said that, with its 151 square km, the municipality is one of the largest in the province and its average height is around 1,100 meters. The town stands out for its rural charm and especially for its incentive for hikers to visit the so-called “Vistabella springs”, such as the Dalt and Alforí fountains. A nearby town called Mosqueruela is highly recommended.
Penyagolosa Peak is located in the municipal areas of Xodos, Vistabella and Villahermosa. It is perhaps the most emblematic and well-known peak of the Valencian Community, (whith 1.815m) and it is only exceeded by the Cerro Calderón (1.838m), located in the Racó d’Ademus.