Ahín or Aín (in Valencian lenguage) is an inland village of province of Castellón. It takes you about 40 minutes from Castellón de la Plana and 1 hour from Valencia city to arrive by car.
This delightful small town is located inside Sierra de Espadán Natural Park, so it is surrounded by steep mountains and lush forest of cork oaks and pine trees. This welcoming hamlet has 122 inhabitants. It is characterised by the houses that are painted in white and blue. Its origins date from Muslim era, in fact its name is an Arabic word which means “spring”. The mark of Ahín are the several springs that you can come across all over the village.
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Here, you could enjoy biking, hiking , walking with your pet because from this village different trails to natural beauties set off, and visiting the Interpretation Centre of the Sierra de Espadán Natural Park. Also, you can discover San Miguel church that was built in the 18th century, originally it was a mosque. It consists of a single nave with chapels on both sides, and it is covered with a barrel vault and it is held by Corinthian columns. Indoors, it will catch your eyes the canvas of Sant Ambròs (St. Ambrose) that was painted in the 19th century, and in the outside you will watch the impressive bell tower.
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The local washing place is one of the most important and touristic buildings. It is built together with an ancient flour mill which belonged to the Duke of Medinaceli. Here, there is a viewpoint where you can enjoy breathtaking views of vegetable orchards, river and Sant Ambròs spring.
Sant Ambròs spring is next to the Anna river. The spring is framed in a large arch and it is decorated with ceramic tiles where the saint is represented. There are barbaques, wooden tables and benches around.
On the outskirts of Ahín, you can visit El Calvario. It is an hermitage which was built in the 18th century and its façade consists of three arches. Inside, the image of the Crucified Christ is kept and it is taken out in processions in the Patron Saint Festivities (14th to 18th August).
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Other important feasts are:
- Sant Ambròs: 6th and 7th December. On 6 December, the villagers cook Calderas which is a popular dish and it consists of beans, meat and rice. On 7 December, popular meal in the church square.
- Sant Antoni: 17th January. Blessing of animals and mid-afternoon snack.
- Mercado a la Antigua (ancient style-street market): it is held on the first Sunday of August. Exhibitions, tastings and sale of traditional and natural products.
Close to La Caritat ravine, you will find remains of flour hydraulic mills. Nowadays, L´Arquet mill and Arriba mill are preserved because they are used as holiday houses. L´Arquet mill was built between the 17th and 18th century.
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You can´t leave Ahín without tasting Les Orelletes that is a popular dessert of this area. It is similar to a small cake, and it is usually served with honey. This lovely small town is ideal to enjoy nature and peace. Do you feel like discovering it?
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