The land was already inhabited some 60 million years ago by the dinosaurs, but the first human traces (cave paintings) date from the Neolithic (4000 BC). In 1232 King James I conquered Morella and heralded a golden period that would last throughout the Middle Ages. In the year 1414, the meeting of the Papa Luna (Antipope Benedict XIII), King Ferdinand of Antequera and Saint Vincent Ferrer took place in the town. During the contemporary period, it is most notable for its role in the Carlist Wars, when it was the impregnable stronghold for General Ramón Cabrera.
Economy The main economic sectors are tourism and services, followed by agriculture and stock farming.
What to see Enter the town through the San Miguel gate, then follow Calle Virgen del Pilar down to the Porxes, a central spot that stands out for its beauty. Turn right onto the Calle Virgen de Vallivana, which leads to the Basilica, and then head up to the Castle via Calle Hospital.
Landscape The climate features mild summers and harsh winters, with regular blizzards. Centuries of work tilling the mountainside have left their mark on the landscape, in particular giving rise to the famous terraces. There is an abundance of pine, oak and holm oak groves.