The medieval walled town of Morella is in El Maestrat, a lonely upland region situated equidistant between the kingdoms of Valencia and Aragon. The fan shaped town surrounds the base of the castle hill and is full of steep streets and narrow passageways.
St Joan’s steps run straight up the hill through the entire town to the Church of Santa Maria la Major just below the castle.
The town is dotted with small devotional altars.
The Castle has been described as a three layer cake. It’s streaks of calcareus rock and clay store water, which enabled the castle to withstand long sieges.
Behind this door is a two story cell that was used to house captured officers or dignitaries. Deluxe accommodations of a sort.
This is the view from the parade grounds at the very top of the castle and the main reason it is here. Commanding a view of Querol pass, the main route between the coast and the River Ebro, nobody, no how, will be sneaking up on you and nobody will be crossing the valley without your permission.
There is a house on the Calle de la Virgen where St Vincent Ferrer is said to have performed a miracle in the 15th century. A housewife was so upset at having no meat to offer the Saint that she cut up her son and added him to the stew. When Saint Vinny heard this he reconstituted the boy except for his little finger, which the mother had eaten while tasting the meal.
And they all lived happily ever after.
Except the son, of course, who never spoke to his mother again.