The city of Papa Luna is my favorite along the Azahar coast. I love the fortress elevtated on the rocks like a lookout along the coast. Peñíscola has something about it that just draws you in. I think it’s the strong simple, passive, marine feeling surrounding the town.
Six hundred years of historical mystery, legends, ghost stories, miracles, and diabolic presences fill the Muslim castle that Pedro de Luna (also known as Benedict XIII) resided in during the 15th century.
Called “Papa del Mar” (Pope of the Sea), he was an enigmatic and controversial person. It’s said that the his fascination with studying the templar knights, which made Peñíscola known as an enclave of grate spiritual and esoteric power, where thanks to the cross of energy they used to obtain altered states of mind, extra sensorial perceptions and phenomenal paranormals.
Walking around, not only in the castle but down the winding streets around the old lighthouse, one gets lost in the swarm of white houses bordering the sea.
The scent of silk swirls around and invades the old Peñíscola. Below, where the land's flat and tame, the town extends to the beach. While walking among the memories and legends of Papa Luna, be sure to stop at a restaurant for a lobster and seafood stew. It’s irresistible! Peñíscola is truly worth the trip.
This castle is tied to the history of one of the most interesting persons in Spain's history: el Papa Luna (Pope Benedicto XIII), who was responsible for the construction of his papal headquarters. The castle, built by templar knights, is very well conserved and maintains its charm.
From the top of the walls you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Peniscola Bay, which is a must-see for anyone that passes by this area.
I must admit, visiting Peñíscola was a very pleasant surprise. I'm not much for classic beach town and I had my reserves, but Peñíscola truly doesn't have anything in common with the typical beach town. Yes, it's true, there's a beach, sand, sun and a vacation atmosphere, but there's also much more. To begin with, the beach is stylish. What you'll find is an old, medieval town that engulfs you. Walking along its white streets full of steep inclines and surrounded by its history walls. It's just like going through a gate and finding a town on the top of a hill. A very impressive sight. It's a place that reminds me of my cherished Altea.
It’s one my favorite places and areas of Peñíscola. I don’t know, it has a special charm. The views from the bottom of the lighthouse are incredible. The contract between the lighthouse and the sea is amazing. At night, the retating like has a special charm to it. It’s completely integrated in the old quarters, located at its highest point, just next to the Papa Luna caste. It was inaugurated in 1899.
A residential ubanization has given name to one of the best lookout points along the Azahar coast in Peñíscola.
From the point you can see all of Peñíscola, its beaches, its hotels, and its magnificent castle.
Benicarlo can also be seen, and if it’s during a clear day, you can even see Vinaroz.
Peniscola port, is located in one of the most attractive sites of the Costa Azahar and the Sierra de Irta, located on the south side of the peninsula that forms the beautiful old town of the city. At the port you can the perfect shelter that is Peniscola at the foot of the castle that sheltered the Papa Luna.
Peñíscola is one of the most beautiful summer spots of Castellón, and even of the Mediterranean. Besides its beautiful beach and historic castle, it also has an impressive historic district.
The historic district is located next to the castle and is formed by beautiful narrow streets. All of the streets are steep, so I suggest you wear comfortable shoes, otherwise you will be exhausted. Also, it is impossible to walk with high hills on the cobbled streets, since they are slippery.
The houses are very ancient and modest and they have a white façade that is generally covered with flowers. The ground floors of the houses are full of streets where you can find souvenirs. There is also a great number of restaurants and bars and they prices are not too high. Also, there are bars for every taste: from pubs with heavy music to the elegant discos with chill-out music.
In summer, the historic district is full of people and many times it is impossible to walk on the streets. I was captivated by this place in the wintertime, with barely a few tourists. The area recovers its charm with its modest, ancient and simple areas.
It is a delight to walk through the gardens of the Castle of Papa Luna. Visiting the castle is separate, as well as a separate entry, but I think it's because in summer there is a display of birds of prey and pay to see the show. All of this is beautiful, as well as the views of the castle and of the sea.
El Bufador is a geological curiosity that consists in a natural tunnel excavated on the rock, where the city sits, and through which the water of the Mediterranean continually goes in and out, causing thunderous “snorts” (bufido in Spanish) and violent raisings of the sea water, in stormy days. It is such a pleasure to sit next to it and listen to the sea when it enters and snorts before going back in.
Along the promenade of Peñiscola in between the street performances and paintings, you can see some fantastic sculptures. The most notable are a kind of marine animal and a huge dragon covered with small colored tiles. The truth is that Peñiscola is a fantastic destination, and everyone who comes here is sure to return!
The Catholic Church is located right in the heart of the Old Town, and has undergone an early Gothic and Baroque expansion. The austere façade has only one door arch and beside it stands the square bell tower topped with roof. The oldest parts of the church are the cover's well and the cover itself.
On 23 November, 2007, the figure of Bendict XIII, "Papa Luna", moved to the castle of Peniscola. The sculpture is by artist Sergio Blanco, best known for his musical works in the groups Mocedades and Sergio y Estibaliz. The effigy, two meters tall and weighing 700 kilos, pays tribute to a character who turned Peniscola into a papal seat six centuries ago. During the Great Eastern Schism, abandoned by everyone, he moved to this fortress, where he lived until his death in 1424.
Peniscola Castle is located in the highest part of the city. Its walls which were built at different times, surround the old city. There are three entrances into the walls: the Portal Fosc, the Puerta de Sant Pere and Puerta de Santa Maria. The front zone is the highlight because it was done in Renaissance style.
After many years attending FIREWORKS Peniscola in the festivities in honor of its patron saint La Virgen de la Ermita, I finally took some photos of this beautiful event. It is usually held on the north beach of Seguna to coincide with the week of September.
Every Monday morning, this market is held in the public car park opposite the exhibition of Congress. Here you can find clothes, shoes, fruit, vegetables and the occasional curiosity. Many people come either to fill their fridge or just to browse.
Dominating the rock on which the old city stands, Peniscola Castle (also known as the Templar Castle) is one of the essential things to see in Peniscola. Built on an old Muslim fortress, the castle was the last refuge of Papa Luna. Today it remains open all year and hosts important museums and art galleries, which are some of the best places to visit in Peñíscola.
From the castle you can get to the old fortified town, where you'll find other interesting things to do in Peniscola. There are several highlights found in the walls of the city, such as the Portal Fosc and the Portal de San Pedro, two of the three entrances to the Old Town.
Other Peniscola attractions are the church of the Virgen del Socorro, the Sanctuary of the Mare de Deu Ermitana (the patron saint), and the gardens of Park Artillería.
The beaches are one of the great tourist attractions in Peniscola for sun worshipers, and what better than to take a dip in the beautiful sea. The promenade leads to North Beach, and with the castle in the background, it's one of the most popular beaches, along with South Beach and Widows Beach. If you want a bit more tranquility, in the southern end of town you'll find Russo Beach and Pebret Beach. Along with the beaches, one of the most popular Peniscola activities is visiting the nature park of Sierra de Irta. Besides its numerous hiking and biking trails, you can also visit numerous monuments, such as Xivert Castle, the chapel of Santa Llúcia, and Sant Benet or Ebrí tower. Other interesting excursions from the city are the Marsh of Peñíscola, the desert of Las Palmas, and Columbretes islands, which offer exciting stuff to do in Peniscola. Browse through experiences shared between minube users and discover what to do in Peniscola.