South of La Torre d'En Besora.
From the crossing CV-165/CV-166 follow CV-165 south for 450m, turn right 2.6km to the mine.
All year Tue, Sat, Sun, Hol.
JUL Wed, Fri-Sun, Hol.
Reservation required for all visits!
Adults EUR 12, Children (4-12) EUR 6.50, Seniors EUR 9.60.
Families: Adults EUR 9.60, Children (4-12) EUR 5.20.
Groups (24+): reductions available.
|Guided tours:||D=2h, Max=25.|
Parc Miner del Maestrat, 12161 La Torre d'En Besora, Castellón, Tel: +34-651-177-071.
Restaurante Els Miners, Partida la mina, 12161 Torre D'En Besora (la), Castellón
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|1940s||begin of mining.|
|1960s||end of mining.|
|2003||begin of development as a show mine.|
|2011||opened to the public|
The iron mines exploited deposits of limonite, goethite and hematite.
The Parc Miner del Maestrat in the la Fontanella nature protection area is located at a height of 800m asl. The outlook from the mine is impressive. From the town of Torre d'En Besora its a 3km drive on a narrow road to the top of the hill. First follow CV-165 towards Atzeneta del Maestrat, from the crossing with CV-166 it is 450m to the turnoff. At the brown sign Parc Miner del Maestrat turn right on the single lane road. After 2.6km you reach the mine entrance and the Restaurante Els Miners.
The tour takes 2 hours and shows the Mina Esperanza I. and the Mina Nova Victoria II.. The mines are entered with a mine train, a tourist train connects the two mines, which are 600m apart. I inside both mines is a round course for walking. The exhibits include the mine, the iron ore deposits, mining tools and machinery, but also audiovisuals and holograms. There are special educational tours for school classes.
The park has an area of 6 hectares and beneath the two show mines there are the entrances to the Gallery 4 which is not open to the public. There are six straight tunnels which are each 4km long. Those tunnels are a result of only 20 years of mining between the 1940s and 1960s. The ore was transported to Altos Hornos de Sagunto, the blast furnaces and steel works at Puerto de Sagunto, where it was processed and then sold. The iron works are also open to the public and part of the steel route. The mine was restored with almost one Million Euros from the Provincial Council, the Department of Tourism and LEADER funds.
The mine has become quite popular and is said to be the second most visited tourist spot in the province of Castellón after the castle of Morella. Nevertheless it seems the tourism is mostly domestic and as far as we understood there are no tours in foreign languages. Also it is necessary to make a reservation by phone. It is not possible to just go to the ticket office and buy tickets. Actually its quite difficult as open days and hours change frequently. If you have a reservation be there at least 15 minutes before the start to collect your tickets. Bring warm clothes, as the train ride through the cool mine is cold, and wear good walking shoes.