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Facts

Inhabitants 8000
Level above sea 46 meters
Nearest airport Reus
Distance to airport 120 km
Distance to beach 0 meters
Max. temperature 35 C
Min. temperature 5 C


Peniscola

Peniscola or Peñiscola often referred to as the Gibraltar of Valencia lies in the province of Castellon on the Mediterranean Sea. It is a fortified seaport built on a rocky headland attached to the mainland and rest of the town by a narrow strip of land.

The name Peniscola derives from the Latin peninsular or peninsula.

History
The fort that sits at the pinnacle of the peninsula was originally built between 1294 and 1307 by the Knights Templar. 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.


Beaches
Peniscola has sumptuous beaches, the finest of which is the north beach, which is around 5 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. The southern coastline is steep and rocky, dotted with tiny beaches and isolated coves.


Activities
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 and pubs and clubs are open all night for the revellers. 




Peniscola is a real treat for avid historians and with such a significant story behind the town, sun worshippers too will be tempted by the old towns charms; on the contrary with its beautiful beaches the history fanatics are sure to go home with good tans!




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02 October, 2014

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Beautiful town with lots to see and huge variety of places to eat. The old town in particular is amazing and the views from the castle are worth the walk - plenty of places to stop and have a rest and a drink/tapa on the way up. Two beaches were great.

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great range of beaches and not nearly as tacky as Costa Blanca
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12 September, 2014

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Lovely

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Very pretty
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08 August, 2014

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Nice little town, with lovely Castle of Papa Luna. Fantastic beaches in the city, but also the possibility to visit the beautiful beaches in Sierra D'Irta Natural Park where you can be alone.

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Nice area. We like it here.
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20 May, 2014

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Once we learned our way around, the is a very nice place to visit.

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Beautiful
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25 November, 2013

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A lovely resort in a scenic region.

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On the whole, a neat and clean coast
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29 October, 2013

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great

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great
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03 September, 2013

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Beautiful castle, nice restaurants and craftshops. Negative aspects: ugly buildings and too many next to both beaches. Not a lot of nature in the town. There are very less trees and no parks. Too crowded beaches in August, very difficult to find a parking place.

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Crowded, not preserved as it should be. Interesting spots are most in the interior.
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03 September, 2013

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Nice

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Many type of beaches but a car is a must
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13 August, 2013

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A very nice pittoresque city.

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Costa del Azahar is a beautiful coastline, having fantastic beaches.
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03 August, 2013

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very nice

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very rocky
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31 July, 2013

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great

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great beach
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29 July, 2013

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Lovely town!

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Great coast
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28 July, 2013

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lovely and great beaches

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did not go there
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23 July, 2013

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Nice coast city with lovely sandbeaches and old history

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Beautiful water and beaches with a good mix of popular tourist and small local locations
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23 July, 2013

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Castle is nice! City is clean and well organized.

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Great beach!
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22 July, 2013

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Fantastic cozy town

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Like it
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03 July, 2013

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Very nice place, preferred the old town within the castle walls, the coastline is loveley and of the two beaches, south beach is quieter, but the sand on north beach is nicer, especially if you have children.

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Be prepared to possibly be charged for electric at the end of your holiday, it is extra in this part of spain.
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15 June, 2013

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Nice city

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Beautifull coast and surrounding.
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09 June, 2013

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Beautiful and clean and everything within easy reach

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Very clean and rugged coastline
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04 April, 2013

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Small town with a lot of visitors.

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Beach was very clean during the spring.
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29 January, 2013

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Peniscola is a beautiful part of Spain and seems to be undiscovered which makes it a very special place to visit.

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Peniscola is a very beautiful coastal resort and with long stretches of golden beaches for long picturesque walks.
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12 January, 2013

City review

Visited on several occasions during Spring,Autumn, and Winter the coolest and quietest.Each has its own attractions.

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We have stayed in various coastal villages on the Costa del Azahar from Tarragona to Valencia, its a lovely coast with fine sand beaches.We never get bored with it and the local people are so friendly.
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09 November, 2012

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Nice little town with lots of restaurants and a very nice beach.

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Nice but not spectaculair
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10 October, 2012

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V nice place

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V clean and scenic views
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02 September, 2012

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Lovely Spanish resort, beaches fab, old city fab

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Fantastic!
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22 July, 2012

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Excellent - very good facilites, loads of restaurants and bars, very livey

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Beach was lovely also lots of coves with lovely clean seawater and lovely beaches
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16 July, 2012

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Fantastic

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Great beaches
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15 July, 2012

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Peniscola is a very nice and remarkable town with every thing you wish on holiday. There are nice long sandy beaches, bays or coves and the Sierra D'Irta but also historic sites like the Castle and the older part of the town with lovely streets, restaurants, bars, music and markets, Jazz-Festival... Peniscola has also great surroundings. There are nice, tranquil villages nearby and also Morella, Sant Mateu, Traiguera, Tortosa are not far but really worth to see. We recommend this area und would like to come back some day!!!

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very nice, clean with good services
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03 June, 2012

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Peniscola is beautiful, the castle is breathtaking and there is lots to do. The beaches were very clean and well looked after. The nature reserve is a short walk away with lovely coves and views from the top of the hills. The people of Peniscola are friendly and the narrow cobbled streets of the old town have lots of lovely bars and cafes to try. We rented mountain bikes to explore the gorgeous area and it was a great way to get around. We also cycled to the next town along, Benicarlo, and visited the jardines del papagoyo where there were lots of colourful parrots which you could feed. I loved that Peniscola was not very touristy and you experienced a traditional Spanish town.

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Gorgeous long stretch of sandy beach on the north side of Peniscola with lovely quiet small pebbled coves on the other side, what more could you want!
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10 May, 2012

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First time in this pretty little typially spanish town, will definitely be returning. Such a great change from london.

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Scenic part of the world
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02 May, 2012

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Peniscola has a beautiful coast line,the small village gives you a taste of old spain, and is not busy

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Beautiful coast line
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24 April, 2012

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Beautiful Spanish tourist seaside town with history, lovely beaches, friendly people, great food and access to other activities and cities.

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Beautiful coastline with good access in the Sierra d'Irta National Park.
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10 January, 2012

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Its just beautyfull

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Beautyfull, you have to see it!!
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20 December, 2011

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A lovely friendly resort, great beaches.

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Lovely - not over developed.
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17 November, 2011

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Lovely beach, nice scenery, well suited for a relaxing holiday.

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Beautiful coast
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18 August, 2011

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Something for everyone. North beach was very busy and south beach was much quieter with nice restaurants. The old town is great.

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