Benicarlo

Benicarlo is a small city with 20,000 inhabitants, and is adjacent to Peñiscola. It has a port for fishing boats. In the Middle Ages, it was a little Arab town. "Ben" means son in Arab, so Benicarlo means the son of Carlo. The main plaza is the Plaza San Bartolome, which has the Church of San Bartolome, constructed in the 18th century to honor the saint. The style of the church is Baroque, and the stone facade has beautiful carvings and spiral columns. Across from the church is the City Hall and in the middle of the square there is a monument that consists of a woman and man, who represent the working class of the city, and the monument is dedicated to them. The farms around the city plant oranges and artichokes.