In the Castellón region of Alto Mijares, next to the river, we find a small town called Toga. Its municipal area consists of 13.5 km2 and is 40 km from Castellón.
Due to its warm Mediterranean climate it has large extensions of forest in which pine and holm oaks abound, along with the bed of the Rio Mijares in the lower part you can see orange groves. Due to its pleasant temperatures in summer and its beautiful landscapes, they make the population increase in summer.
Some studies put the origin of Toga in the Goths although there is no historical documentation to prove it. However, it is possible to prove the Islamic existence, since it came to light a Muslim farmhouse that belonged to Abu Zeyd, the last Muslim governor in the kingdom of Valencia. In 1238, the troops of Jaime I reconquer the population that obtains the title of Barony, being this acquired by María de la Concepción de Luna.
This population in the nineteenth century was the scene of various battles, among which the Carlist wars, which caused great destruction as it passed through the town. At present, if we take a tour of its urban core we can observe the conservation of its Arab origins in the architectural forms of its streets and houses.
MONUMENTS OF INTEREST
As monuments of urban interior mention the Arch of Portalet and San Antonio, the latter supports the chapel that contains the image of the Saint. Also, it is possible to emphasize the parochial Church of century XVII dedicated to the Immaculate Conception.
The Feudal Palace is located next to an old mill and the so-called Caliente fountain. The Castle of Toga, of Arab origin, is located next to the bed of the Mijares River. It is also worth mentioning the Hermitage of San Juan and Santa Bárbara that are located near the river, but in a ruinous state. Next to them they found rest of a Medieval Deposit of Century XIV.
Of the natural charms that the town of Toga possesses, the area through which the Mijares River runs, where we can observe beautiful natural landscapes and enjoy its natural pool in summer time, deserves special attention. You can also admire the walls of the Azud Canyon. Of the sources of the locality the most well-known is the Hot source, recommended for digestive problems. The source of the Tablar and the source of Vasall are two sources that are usually visited both by the local population and by visitors and tourists.
HOLIDAYS AND TRADITIONS
In Toga the festivities begin with San Antonio Abad on January 17, where a procession takes place in which animals are blessed, bonfires are lit and the typical rolls are distributed. In May, in honor of the Virgen de los Desamparados, processions and masses are held. The first week of August the patron saint celebrations in honor of the Santísimo Christ of the Agony are celebrated, in which bullfighting celebrations are realized, religious acts and cultural activities.