Peñíscola: the town of Pope Luna
Along with Rome and Avignon, Peñíscola holds the honour to have been one of the three cities that have been the seat of Saint Peter's successor on Earth.
The XIII and XIV centuries was a turbulent periode in the history of the church, which was marked by the schism of Occident and the two papal seats of Rome and Avignon. Things got even more complicated when a third candidate, Benedict XIII, disagreed how things were being solved to unify the Catholic church and went to Peñíscola, where he was proclaimed Pope. It is only after his death that the schism of '''occident can be considered closed.
Today Peñíscola is a small town that lives on the tourism. The well preserved streets of the old town and the splendid beaches in the area, as well as the last virgin coastal strecht in the Valencian Community (Natural Park Serra d'Irta) are real magnets for tourists from all over Europe.