Since 2013, despite being a city, Peñíscola has been part of the most beautiful villages in Spain, it’s because it has earned it. Due to its majestic Templar castle, its lighthouse with stunning panoramic views, its Mediterranean landscape, its beaches, and its cobblestone alleys. It is undoubtedly one of the gems of the Costa de Azahar.
Perhaps due to its great beauty and historical value, Peñíscola has been portrayed in various films, such as Calabuch, El Cid, Paris-Timbuktu in the Spanish series ‘El Ministerio del Tiempo,‘ and even in Game of Thrones, for episode 23, Time of Spies.
The name Peñíscola comes from the Latin word for ‘peninsula.’ It was inhabited in ancient times by the Iberians, Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines… Later, it was the Arabs who ruled the area from the 8th century to the 13th century. In the 13th and 14th centuries, the Knights Templar built the castle on the rocky promontory.
If you want to visit this city in the province of Castellón, or rent a van in Peñíscola, there is a wide variety of cafes and restaurants, as well as quaint shops to explore and incredible beaches.
The Gothic church of Santa Maria, dating from the 15th century with Romanesque elements, is one of the architectural gems of Peñíscola and is well worth a visit. In addition, next to the castle is the Hermitage of the Virgin of the Ermitana, which houses the image of the city’s patron saint.
Among its natural sites, beyond the famous Bufador that can be seen among the rocks, on the outskirts of Peñíscola is the Sierra de Irta Natural Park, a wildlife and flora reserve that also boasts several kilometers of unspoiled coastline. The marshland is one of the few remaining wetlands, constituting the last refuge of the samaruc fish.
The old town and the castle, with their picturesque and beautiful cobblestone streets, are surrounded by a modern and vibrant city full of all the facilities and activities you may be looking for. Visitors can spend several days wandering through the charming alleyways of the city and soaking up the medieval atmosphere, and combine this with a relaxing beach vacation, filled with sun, golden sands, Valencian paella, and sangria.
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