Peniscola or Peñiscola often referred to as the jewel in the crown of the "Orange Blossom Coast" on the Mediterranean Sea.
Peniscola has something for everyone - from award-winning beaches to the historical castle, and old town of Peniscola. You will find amazing tapas bars and restaurants in spectacular settings and a friendly welcoming atmosphere wherever you go.
The fort that sits at the pinnacle of the peninsula was originally built between 1294 and 1307 by the Knights Templar. It was the last Castle that the Templars built. In the 14th century it was garrisoned by the Montesa order. The Avignon Pope, Benedict XIII (Known as Pedro de Luna) made it his home from 1405.
Benedict is commemorated by the Bufador de Papa Luna, a landward cavern through which the seawater escapes into clouds of spray. In 1960 Anthony Mann's film ‘El Cid’ was partially filmed at the castle.
Peniscola has sumptuous beaches, the finest of which is the north beach, which is around 15 kilometres long. This calm beach is perfect for swimming and sunbathing and is fully serviced by lifeguards and leisure activities such as volleyball, sailing and canoeing as well as being wheelchair friendly.
This pristine beach has won itself blue flag status and is backed by a palm tree lined promenade.
To the south is the so called "wild coast" which is a series of natural secluded bays leading to the spectacular National Park, where there are lovely sandy beaches.
There are plenty of things other things to do whilst staying in Peniscola besides lounging on the beach. The old city quarters are a visitors delight: antique shops, artist studios and pottery stores line the streets.
It is also a must to visit the castle with its moats, pontifical rooms, flag hall and the Papal Basilica where the Benedict XIII is buried. At 5pm the fishing trawlers come back into port and auction off their catch; you can buy fish right out of the boat.
There are many bars and outdoor restaurants open to the early hours, especially on those wonderful summer evenings.
Peniscola is a real treat for anyone - whether for the fascinating history, the award-winning beaches, the unbeatable scenery or the friendly, welcoming local atmosphere. This is one of the best kept secrets of the Mediterranean.
Further away are the interesting sights of Morella, the River Ebro delta, Tarragona and Puerta Adventura ( Warner Bros. adventure park ).
The nearest Railway station is Benecarlo / Peniscola which is on the mainline between Valencia and Barcelona. Approx. 10Km.