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Peñíscola, also known as Ciudad del Mar, belongs to the province of Castellón and is one of the main tourist destinations in the Valencian Cost. Known for its great weather, incredible endless beaches in the north, collected and secluded coves in the south, and the natural beauty of its environment.
Peñíscola is a great tourist destination that highlights its incredible beaches. Playa del Norte is a huge tongue of fine sand of 5km in length, along which runs a beautiful and lively promenade full of restaurants, shops, terraces and stands of all kinds. In its southern area near the fishing port there is Playa del Sur, and further south there are three kilometers of pristine coastline with an environment marked by the beauty of the natural landscape of the Sierra de Irta.
It features several small and charming coves, away from the bustle of Playa del Norte in the months of July and August, the waters here are incredibly clean and it is the perfect place for water sports.
The symbol of Peñíscola is its walled city and its castle in the highest part of a rock, on which the ancient city of Peñíscola is based. It shares the honor with the Vatican to have been for a few years one of the only three papal venues. It was built by the Templars in 1294, with 20 rooms and over 7,000 m2. Between the preserved doors there is Portal de Felipe II, Portal Fosc, Puerta del Papa Luna and Sant Pere.
The town of Peñíscola is closely linked to fishing, so it is not surprising that that is the basis of its cuisine, which together with the product of the fertile orchard that surrounds it, and the products of the Sierra, create the perfect mix for a perfect and healthy Mediterranean diet. No one should leave Peñíscola without trying the delicious fish or seafood, including its highlights like the Suquet fish, shellfish, punxets with local designation of origin, langoustines and prawns. And do not forget the rice dishes that will delight anyone.
Along the coast and mainly the promenade and part of the old town castle, among its narrow cobbled streets, you will find plenty of eateries, bars where tapas, restaurants with a varied offering, ice cream shops and cafes where to enjoy some of the delicious sweets.
In the east with the magnificent Islas Columbretas, it features a fantastic promenade that ends with the image of a rock jutting out into the Mediterranean sea on which stands majestically a Castle fortress steeped in history, where Pape Luna lived. Peñíscola is a perfect destination for holiday.
Peñíscola is ideal for traveling with children, as this town offers a large number of activities targeted both to physical and environmental knowledge development. Especially in the summer it has a broad agenda with activities for the whole family. There are several sports and games areas on the beaches of Peñíscola and 7 playgrounds scattered around the town.
During the summer season there is a tourist train, and this is a good way to know the city in depth and also an activity that usually enchants the little ones. There is also the possibility of riding in a horse-drawn wagon. There is also a small water park that children will enjoy. This population is endorsed with the Family Tourism seal. There are many things to see and enjoy in Peñíscola that make it a perfect destination for sun and beach for a family vacation.
Castillo del Papa Luna is a must for anyone visiting Peñíscola or its surroundings. While you go up the castle through the narrow cobbled streets of the old town, you can visit iglesia del Santo Socorro and Santuario de la Mare de Deu d'Ermitana. The medieval walls of the 16th century are another historical attraction of this city.
The nearest airport is in Reus 135km away, and the next is the Manises airport, a major international airport 150km away. The best way to get to Peñíscola is by car. You can get there by the AP-7 motorway (exit 43) and the N-340 road, the two are connected to the local road CV-141, which goes to the village center. The nearest train station is in Benicarló, 7km from the town, from there you can take a bus or a taxi. And there are several urban and national bus companies that connect to nearby towns or other places of the peninsula.
There are many possibilities to stay in this beautiful Mediterranean community, from renting an apartment overlooking the sea, or renting a villa a with pool in a more secluded area or in a complex of houses with a communal pool, either near the beach or in a more rural setting, there are many options of tourist accommodation in Peñíscola. There are also hotels but nothing will give more freedom than to have your own accommodation without set times where you have to get in and out on your own, with more room for everyone and especially much cheaper than a hotel, especially if you're traveling with your family.