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The city is small and easy to get around. the two beach areas are very nice with small playgrounds for the kids and lots of shops/cafes. the old part of the city is beautiful with small narrow streets and restaurants.

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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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Reviews for Peñíscola

Average overall ratings - Based on 97 reviews.
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The city is small and easy to get around. the two beach areas are very nice with small playgrounds for the kids and lots of shops/cafes. the old part of the city is beautiful with small narrow streets and restaurants.


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Nice shallow water at the south beach and the northern is bigger with waves,
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A truly very unique place for all ages


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Some of the best beaches we have visted in Spain,
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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.


Costa del Azahar reviews

great range of beaches and not nearly as tacky as Costa Blanca
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Lovely


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Very pretty
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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.


Costa del Azahar reviews

Nice area. We like it here.
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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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A lovely resort in a scenic region.


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On the whole, a neat and clean coast
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great


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great
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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.


Costa del Azahar reviews

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


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Many type of beaches but a car is a must
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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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very nice


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very rocky
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great


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great beach
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Lovely town!


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Great coast
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lovely and great beaches


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did not go there
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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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Castle is nice! City is clean and well organized.


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Great beach!
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Fantastic cozy town


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Like it
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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.


Costa del Azahar reviews

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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Nice city


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Beautifull coast and surrounding.
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