Capital municipality of the Plana Baja region and the headquarters of the Community. Such, people of "Dolçainers i Tabaleters" par excellence has always lived this tradition of which the residents of the municipality feel especially proud and for which there is currently the school of "Dolçainers i Tabaleters de Tales", the greatest cultural heritage Township. It is located at the confluence of the Sonella and Veo rivers on the north-eastern edge. Their houses occupy the skirt of a hill, being more traditional as they approach the castle, which occupies the top of the hill.
The origins of the population arise in a Muslim farmhouse. After the conquest was donated to the noble Ximén de Foces, who brought families from Teruel for repopulation, while these are still rooted in today.
In 1242 after the restoration of the Kingdom of Valencia, Ximén de Foces left after King Jaume I, giving Tales to the knight of Tortosa named Guillem de Rocafort. The coexistence between Muslims and Christians was harmonious. The current population is attributed to Pere de Castellnou having restored it in 1248 with the expulsion of the Moors and was repopulated with the ancient Christians. The troops of General Cabrera entrenched in 1839 in the castle, were defeated by General O'Donnell, after the facts the castle and Thales were razed. It was the year 1842 when Thales obtains the legal independence of Onda.
MONUMENTS OF INTEREST
The cultural and historical route starts from the Portalet, always open door that leads us to the narrow streets and whitewashed walls of Arab origin. After a few steps, in the Ethnological Museum, we discovered work tools and life habits of the 19th century.
At the end of the town center and at the top of the hill stands the 12th century Castle. It is a defensive building and its current appearance recalls the wars of the nineteenth century, with the destruction of said monument. Another nearby building is the Torre de Cabrera that endured all the revolts for centuries. Finally, we will visit the Church dedicated to Saint John the Baptist of the 18th century.
Although the highest mountain is the Espino with 665 m., It is the most significant Montí with 608 m, and the best known for hikers, since it offers many routes and beautiful views. Thus, it is the source of the Montí most representative, well known by the agustists of the area for the quality of its waters. Other sources that we can visit are the Perera, which supplies water to the entire population, that of l'Assut where we can spend the day in its picnic areas and enjoy its views and the fountains of the Barranc d'Aín and the Pardalet. The Racó de San Francesc is also a peaceful place where we find a replica chapel of San Francisco de Asís in Italy.
HOLIDAYS AND TRADITIONS
There are many and varied festive acts of this population. The first party begins on January 17 with San Antonio Abad, in which the neighbors perform a procession in which they bless the animals, light bonfires and distribute typical rolls. During the last week of August, the Youth Festival is celebrated, where religious, bullfighting and cultural events are held. On October 9 "Els Dolçaires and Tabaleters" perform parades and fellowship meals. On October 22 the musicians celebrate Santa Cecilia. The first week of November are the patron festivals where they perform religious, bullfighting and cultural events.