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  • Peniscola Castle and beach
    Peniscola Castle and beach
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  • Peniscola as seen from the castle roof
    Peniscola as seen from the castle roof
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  • Bronze statue of Papa Luna
    Bronze statue of Papa Luna
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    The Castle of Peniscola

    by pugwashman Written Oct 2, 2012
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    Peniscola Castle was the iconic location used in the film El Cid with Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren. If you've seen the film it's impossible to look at without imagining seeing CH riding out of the gates, dead but propped up to appear as if he was still alive, scaring and scattering the massed Moor armies as he rides off into the sunset, presumably on his way to Benicarlo !?!
    Anyway, today the Castle is definitely worth a visit, and is only a few euros.
    You get excellent views not only back to the beach, but also to the Port area and over the Old Town of Peniscola which is nestled in the shadow of the castle.

    The castle was built by the Knights Templar in the 14th century, and later modified by Pope Luna, who made it his home for a while. A bronze statue of Papa Luna is outside the walls of the castle.

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    Walk out to the Sea! Literally!

    by setikeyvan Updated Apr 4, 2008

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    Peniscola, also known as "Ciudad en la Mar" or City in the Sea, is by far my absolute favorite Beach city in the world! It is absolutely breathtaking and unforgettable. It's like a little treasure island with a crown-jewel Arab castle and the most incredible surrounding beach. It's just dreamy. I would absolutely recommend a day at the beach when visiting Peniscola. You can rent a pedal boat and slide off of it. And you can walk in the sea - yes walk IN the sea! The water level is quite low (waist-level) for hundreds of meters so you are able to walk out really far. Because of this, there is enough room for many people to enjoy the beach. The water is also very calm, therefore it's a great beach in which to swim laps! And the view is to die for - white sand, warm water and a dramatic over-arching castle.

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    The lovely old church

    by gosiaPL Updated Dec 20, 2003

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    Old church by the Pe��iscola castle

    The parish church of the Virgen del Socorro is adjacent to the huge wall that I mentioned in my first 'Must See' tip.

    The church has Gothic tracery which dates back to the 15th c. And check the nice Romanic door!
    In the church you can see a beautiful collection of great historical value, among them objects that belonged to pope Benedicto III, and a reliquary of Clemente VIII.

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    pope benoit XIII castle

    by cbeaujean Written Dec 13, 2003

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    view from castle

    in 1375,when pope gregoire XI died,begins the " great west schism":two elected popes,one elected but soon dismissed in roma (urbain VI),an other elected in avignon (clement VII).
    benoit XIII,pedro de luna,succeeded to the st peter's throne in avignon.
    but the things put right between roma and avignon and benoit XIII became "persona non grata"!
    vexed,benoit XIII retreated to his native city:a third papal city was born!
    when he died in 1423,clement VIII held out some months...

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    The castle in the movie business

    by gosiaPL Updated Dec 10, 2003

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    One of the castle's decks

    The American movie El Cid (1961) was shot in the Peñiscola castle! Charlton Heston starred in it as El Cid, the legendary Spanish hero who took the initiative to drive Moors out of Spain.

    Make sure you go up to the highest deck in the castle, and you will surely find this deck that the Americans 'upgraded' to be more dramatic in the movie. Can you see the white spikey elements of the wall? That's the film-makers contribution to the castle ;-)

    From this deck you can also see the church tower (check one of the tips below).

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    Gardens of Papa de Luna

    by gosiaPL Updated Nov 8, 2003

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    Castle gardens of Papa de Luna

    The castle is surrounded by gardens that fill every tiny space on the hill within the castle's compound. Papa de Luna had it created when he resided there during the schism of Occident.
    That's where you get yet another perspective of the castle!

    Entry to the gardens costs you another ticket, and there are predefined times when they let tourists in. This is because some parts of the gardens are very small (remember? it's on a hill), so they let in a new group of people when the previous group heads towards the exit.

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    The good things about the gardens...

    by gosiaPL Updated Nov 8, 2003

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    Panorama from the castle's gardens

    1) Different views of the castle

    2) Lovely plants and palm trees (I love palm trees, I wish we had them in Poland!)

    3) Great panorama of Peñiscola and its beaches.

    Check out all three! :-)

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    Absolutely lovely little streets

    by gosiaPL Written Nov 8, 2003

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    A little street below the castle

    Stroll around the town on the hill and check some of its little streets... particularly if you feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of the castle! ;-)

    Isn't this one just sweet?
    Life as usual there: women sitting outside, chatting and knitting.

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    More walls...

    by gosiaPL Written Nov 8, 2003

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    One of the castle's walls

    Don't just head straight towards the castle's interiors, check the outside walls before you enter...
    The castle is really amazing, you get various views from the different angles and levels. Because the town and castle are on a hill, each time you're looking up you see something different!

    This wall is somewhere close to the castle's entrance.

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    What a (small) piece of work is man!

    by gosiaPL Written Nov 8, 2003

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    Castle wall by the church

    I guess this is the most impressive mediaeval wall I've ever seen! See the proportions?... the little human being at the bottom of the wall...?

    This side of the castle can be viewed from the square in front of the adjacent church.

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    Peñiscola by night

    by chancay Updated Jun 18, 2003

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    the beach zone

    Peñiscola is a little beach resort near to Vinaroz. The large sand beach zone is full of big hotel buildings. That makes is not that atractive to stay there the whole time, but for a day tour it is a nice place to visit.

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    Ourlady of the Secours

    by DanielF Written Mar 18, 2003

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    Along with the fortress, the most outstanding building in Peniscola is the Parrish church of Our Lady of the Secours, from the XV century, taht still keeps a lot of personal objects of the Pope Benedict XIII and his successor Clement VIII.

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    Inside the walls it keeps...

    by Umfufu Written Oct 2, 2002

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    Inside the walls it keeps beautifull plants and flowers. And you can have a look at the infinite Meditarranean sea. The stables, battlements and other medieval constructions will carry you with the imagination to other times.

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    The caste Peñiscola is raised...

    by Umfufu Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The caste Peñiscola is raised upon a rock of 54 meters. It was residence of the Pope between 1411 and 1423 at the time of Benedicto XIII, also known as Luna Pope.
    The castle is surrounded by impressive walls. The city was surrounded by the sea once. You can still see where the ships used to hitch.

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    Gliding, gliding and gliding...

    by Umfufu Written Oct 2, 2002

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    Gliding, gliding and gliding from slow till fast........have a good time. Its 100 km from Peñiscola and you shall see that when the weather is bad in Peñiscola you have wonderfull weather in this place (cant remember the name though)

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