Peñiscola is unquestionably one of the most beautiful walled cities of our shores. Whether for its special location at the middle of the sea, or for its rich historical and cultural heritage, the truth is that it is a priceless jewel. Discover our favorite spots and get ready for an unforgettable trip
Essential places to visite in Peñiscola and its sourandings
A summer evening stroll through the old town of Peñíscola and wandering through its steep streets is a real pleasure for the senses. Walk among craft stalls and shops and eat at one of the many restaurants to enjoy delicious cuisine. And of course, don’t forget to hire a guided tour of the Papa Luna Castle to learn about the fabulous history of this fantastic castle that has even been the scene of several series and films.
You cannot miss a visit to the impressive Templar fortification of Peñiscola, called El Castillo del Papa Luna, complimenting the medieval old town with 700 years of history. The walled fortress was built in 1294 by the Templar Knights on what was an old Arab fortress. It was built on a small peninsula on the seafront simply earthed by a small isthmus of sand, next to the walls that made this rock an impregnable fortress.
Do not miss the opportunity to delve into the depths of the Earth and explore the caves of San José just 100 km away from Peñiscola. Located in Parque de la Sierra de Espadán in Vall d’Uixo in a natural environment of great beauty and one of the longest navigable underground river in Europe.
You cannot leave without taking a good bath in the most emblematic beach of Peñíscola. Few beaches are privileged to hold a castle as backdrop of such beauty as Castillo Papa Luna. A large tongue of fine sand 5 km long and calm waters with a casual atmosphere. Highly recommended is also the lively promenade that runs along much of the beach, with terraces, bars and restaurants with a great atmosphere both day and night.
Located 80km inland from Peñiscola (50 minutes’ drive) is one of the best kept jewels of Castellón as is the medieval town of Morella. A City in which have walked many, Iberians, Romans, Muslims, Christians civilizations leaving their indelible mark each. In it stands majestically one of the most impressive medieval castles of the Mediterranean, protagonist of such momentous moments in history as the entry of King James I in the conquest
To escape the bustle of summer, nothing better than to take a walk through the Marjal , very close to the beaches of Peñiscola. It is a wetland of high ecological value with more than 450 ha of protected area home to numerous endemic species of the Valencia Community both flora and fauna. You can get around The Marjal de Peñiscola on foot, thanks to a long wooden walkway that runs through this area with lush vegetation and fauna
Nature lovers cannot leave Peñiscola without touring the natural setting of the Sierra de Irta. A mountainous formation of 15 km long and 570m maximum height declared Natural Park in 2002. The park offers 8 beautiful routes where to discover a rocky mountain range, full of cliffs and coves . The park occupies 12 km of coastline abruptly with a protected space comprising more than 7,700 hectares of land and 2,448 marine hectares.
If you are passiionate about history and monuments, you cannot go away without visiting the Castell de Xibert, just 23 km from Peñiscola. Located in the Sierra de Irta, we find one of the oldest and best preserved castles of our coasts. What was already a town in Ibero Bronze Age became a Muslim fortress to be later conquered by the Order of the Templars.
The port of Peñiscola is one of main points of departure for some of the most beautiful protected Mediterranean islands, located a few miles from the coast. Besides, enjoying a lovely trip to the islands takes about 2: 30h, we can contemplate the rich flora and fauna and unique species in the world as well as having a swim and snorkel in this protected paradise.
If you travel with little ones, there is nothing better than spending a day at Aqualandia, a water park where you will find plenty of attractions for all ages. Multitude of slides, wave pools and rapids which are some of the attractions you can find as well as restaurants, children’s playgrounds and green areas to rest. Perfect to spend a hot day family holiday.