Situation of Calig
Calig is a small town on the Costa Azahar, located only eight kilometres inland from the Mediterranean and with direct road links to the three coastal towns of Vinaros, Benicarlo and Peniscola. This makes it a good base for exploring the coastal areas as well as the interior.
Calig is situated at around 120m above sea level and the municipality covers an area of 27km2. A lot of the land around Calig is cultivated, typically with almond, carob and olive trees, as well as citrus groves.
Calig offers all the main amenities, including a small variety of bars and restaurants, shops, small supermarket, banks etc.
It is a prosperous little town and a lot of the old town houses have been refurbished. Also some small urbanisations have sprung up around the village, all walking distance to the centre. Calig also offers a nice municipal swimming pool, gardens and tennis court.
Calig was founded in the year of 1234, although the area had been populated long before, as remains of settlements in the area show. Now the population of Calig is around 2,000 people.
The vista of Calig is dominated by the large watch tower, a defensive structure which dates back to the 13th century. It is located in the town centre close to the church ‘Iglesia Parroquial de San Lorenzo’. This church with its bell tower dates back to the 14th century, with further extensions and details added in subsequent centuries.
On the edge of Calig you find the ‘Ermita del Socorro y Hospedería’, a beautiful building dating back to the 18th century.
Apart from those fiestas that are celebrated throughout Spain or throughout the whole region, there are two fiestas which are uniquely celebrated in Calig:
August 10: Day of San Lorenzo. This fiesta lasts around one week and includes a wealth of cultural events including dances, processions, floats and bull runs.
September 6, Fiesta and Market del Socorro. A day for shopping when Calig is filled with stalls selling different goods, from arts & crafts to jewellery. The families of Calig further celebrate the day with a fiesta around the Ermita, cooking their traditional paellas.