The origins of the town are uncertain. An important sign of its past is witnessed today in the Iberian village of El Puig de la Misericordia, where significant signs of human presence during the 6th century B.C. were found. However, its earliest written history dates back to 1233, when the Muslim farmstead of Beni-Al-Arus was conquered and Christianized by King James I. In 1241, the Town Charter was given to Mr. Grinyó Ballester and other fifty settlers, Vinaròs was recognized as a town and stopped belonging to the castle of Peñíscola.