Alcudia de Veo is located in the Plana Baixa region, right in the central core of the Sierra Espadán Natural Park, covering an area of 30.7 km2 and 36 km from Castellón and 80 km from Valencia. Its municipal term includes three inhabited nuclei, Alcudia de Veo, Veo and Benitandús, and one uninhabited one, Jinquer.
The vegetation that surrounds this small village of La Plana is rich and varied, with pine and cork trees predominating, although we also find chestnuts and heather.
The origins of Alcudia de Veo are Arab, due to its name "al-judya" (hill or hill), and ancient remains of a small Islamic farmhouse are known. A Roman road, united the three nuclei of the population.
During the Arab period between the tenth and thirteenth centuries, peace reigned, new peoples were created and agriculture had a great development. In 1238 it was reconquered by Jaume I. In 1609 the population had about 600 inhabitants, who with the expulsion of the Moriscos, joined the uprising of the Sierra Espadán, being Alcudia a direct witness of the revolts. In 1612 it was repopulated by Aragonese in its majority and it was in the year 1900 when it returned to recover the same number of inhabitants.
MONUMENTS OF INTEREST
In the municipality we can visit the churches of San Miguel of the seventeenth century, the Virgen de la Asunción de Veo and the virgin de los Desamparados de Benitandús. On the other hand, the castles of Alcudia de Veo and Jinquer, both of Arab origin, despite their dilapidated condition, will allow to enjoy beautiful landscapes. It is also worth visiting the uninhabited Jinquer, an old village that was inhabited by Moors and later by Christians. It was abandoned in the Civil War and even today we can see the remains of buildings, as well as its rectangular church with a neoclassical altar.
In Alcudia de Veo are the peaks of higher altitudes of the Sierra Espadán, such as the Rapita with 1,103 meters, the Pico Espadán of 1,099 meters and the Organs with 724 meters, surrounded by forests of pines and cork oaks.
In Benitandús there is a small reservoir that holds the waters of the Veo River, as well as an impressive geological site, the Benitandús Organs created by the erosion of the waters.
The sources of Canaleta, Zurrón, Ullastre, Rodenal, Pistola, del Toro, Jinquer and San Pedro with their picnic area increase the natural and scenic appeal of the term.
HOLIDAYS AND TRADITIONS
On January 17 in Veo San Antonio Abad, San Marcelo and the Christ of Thirst are celebrated. The first festival of Alcudia de Veo is celebrated on April 29, dedicated to San Pedro Mártir and the following day the procession of the Christ of Health is celebrated. The second Sunday of May is celebrated in Benitandús the feast of the Virgen de los Desamparados. During the first or second week of August the patron saint festivities of Alcudia de Veo take place in honor of the Virgen del Rosario and San Francisco Javier, where they perform religious, bullfighting and cultural events. On September 29, the procession of San Miguel Arcángel takes place.