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we loved it, great restaurants, nice beach, friendly people.

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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

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we loved it, great restaurants, nice beach, friendly people.


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We explored the coast for a few km and visited the neighboring town. We like the area and plan on a return visit.
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Really lovely


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Beautiful
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We stayded in Peniscola during low season so it was a bit quiet, most other tourists were older pensioners.


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The castle and the old town are lovely and the beach is clean and lovely.


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Peniscola is the perfect place to sit on the beach and relax, the sea is very safe and the sand is so fine. There are so many lovely cafes and restaurants, and fabulous coffee at every turn!


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Peniscola is a wonderful place. The old town is a particular favourite. The cobbled streets are so special.


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Great family resort. Lovely old town to wander through


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very nice town with beautiful beaches


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sandy beaches, not many people, you can play ball ...
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