Peñíscola Travel Guide

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    Gran hotel Peñsicola
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    Peniscola beach from the Castle
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    Papa Luna
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Peñíscola Highlights

  • Pro
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     Excellent example of mediaeval architecture 

  • Con
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     8km of coastline destroyed by modern blocks and hotels! 

  • In a nutshell
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     One of my favourite places. 

Peñíscola Things to Do

  • The Castle of Peniscola

    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,...

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  • Walk out to the Sea! Literally!

    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...

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  • peniscola beach

    peniscola is situated on a beautiful bay on the mar mediterraneo. peniscola offers a very nice beach for swiming and sunbathing.

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  • castillo de papa luna

    pictured is a tower with the crest of a catholic king. this feature suggests that this was an addition to the original templar castle.

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  • church of our lady of the secours

    this church located next to the templar fortress of papa luna has an interesting collection of relics from the time of pope benedict XIII and his suscessor clement VIII.

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  • The lovely old church

    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...

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  • pope benoit XIII 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...

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  • Church tower

    Ever looked at a church tower from above? ;-)I love this one... It is viewed from one of the castle's decks - the one with the white spikey things that were build for the El Cid movie.

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  • The castle in the movie business

    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...

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Peñíscola Restaurants

  • Good value for money

    There are alot of restaurants to choose from in Peniscola, and many of them try to entice you in by explaining their menus in great detail. We decided to give this one a go as they did a Menu Del Dia, and it seemed in a nice position just below the Castle.There was plenty of choice on the menu, and they specialise in Fish dishes.We chose chiperones...

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  • Not overly impressed with this...

    We walked up and down the streets slowly looking at many of the menus. Some of the local dishes on the menu caught our eye since we wanted a bit of local flavor.The restaurant has half dozen tables inside and maybe another ten outside on the sidewalk patio. When the weather is not cooperative, these are covered by a temporary tent.The staff was...

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  • Good variety of homemade Italian

    We were searching for something good, reasonably priced and not being pushed upon us like most of the other restaurants located within the tourist zones.When we smelled pizza, saw the menu prices and were not pressed by the unassuming Italian man who spoke little Spanish, we knew we were in the right place. The pizza was quite good. The large size...

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  • The best Steaks

    Very nice old building 2 km outside from Peniscola. All the meat come from the big fireplace outside.You can eat very good Rib eye steaks 300g and 500g. WIFI Gratis the best is the Rib eye Steak. Meatspit El Campo and the big Chicken skewer for 2. All come with Salad and Fries. The rabbit is very good.

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  • Multi National

    La Pataleta is a very friendly bar and restaurant run by Cees and Gabi who previously owned La Carabela.They offre an excellent menu and this combined with their friendly and efficient service makes it a must for eating out in Peniscola. Their argentine entrecot steaks are mouth watering.

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  • Not what it once was

    La Carabela was our favorite for many years on our frequent visits to Peniscola. Unfortunately Cees & Gabi the previous owned closed the restaurant at the end of 2010.On our visit this year we found that now La Carable lacked the ambience and friendliness we had found before and that food was not worth commenting on.

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Peñíscola Transportation

  • reus to benicarlo/peniscola by public...

    Its probably a bit late for you but i just found your post by accident today and maybe you need to make the journey still or will need to do it again.First off when you exit reus airport you will find the bus rank in front of you, usually the closest bus to you will have plana painted on the side. and be labeled as traveling to la pineda - cap...

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  • I went there by car

    I was driven there by a friend, and it took about 15-20 minutes to get there from Alcossebre. If Peñiscola is not on your map, look for Benicarló and Torreblanca, and then pay attention to road signs.This simple map comes from a little 4-page booklet that you can get at the castle's entry.

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  • A town on the sea.

    Peñíscola is situated in the North of the Valencian Community, close to Catalonia. If you do not have a car, the best way to reach Pañíscola is by bus.

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Peñíscola Local Customs

  • trawlers entering harbour:a thrilling...

    trawlers come into port around 4.30pm :all the fishers families go on and select the fishes and go back quickly to sell them by auction...

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  • Corrida

    Once a year in Peniscola take place corrida, as part of local one week festival. I have seen it only once, but it's really wonderful!The Spaniards build a fence through the city and in the end of week they release a herd of bulls and drive them to the castle. Simply great.

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  • Cultural events at the castle

    Here's a deck that was being prepared for some concert the next day.Pity I had to leave... Any concert in this scenery must be quite an experience!

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Peñíscola Warnings and Dangers

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    coastline,from the castle

    by cbeaujean Updated Dec 13, 2003

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    modern blocks and hotels lend a charm to the landscape,taking a great deal of the coastline!
    no place at all for nature!

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    • Family Travel
    • Road Trip

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Peñíscola Tourist Traps

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    by DanielF Updated Mar 29, 2003

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    Peñíscola is a historic town that combines an incredibly beatigul maze of cobble streets with a spectacular location on a rock near the coast and large sandy beaches. No wonder that it attracts so many visitors every year. In fact the number of souvenir shops in some streets and the tourists in tasteless Hawaiian shirts and bermudas make it seem maybe too touristy, so much that this whole area may look like a real tourist trap during peak season. Nevertheless, a visit to Peñíscola is always interesting. Anyway, try to come on a weekday off the season for a more rewarding visit.

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Peñíscola What to Pack

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    Swimmsuite, good shoes, suntanlotion and cotton clothes! Resort All you need you can buy in the little shops everywhere in the old and new city of Peñiscola!

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Peñíscola Off The Beaten Path

  • Serra d'Irta

    As you can see in this picture, tourtist developments have seriously damaged the Mediterranean coast in Spain. The Serra d'Irta, southwards of Peniscola, is one of the last stretches of coast that have remained virgin and undevelopped in the region of Valencia. It has recently been declared a Natural park, so its preservation for future generations...

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  • Just a few miles from...

    Just a few miles from Peñiscola is a lake where you can cano and swimm, walk and picknick. Its great overthere and we had a lot of fun overthere doing all of this in one day.

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  • The walk in the sea is one of...

    The walk in the sea is one of the MUST HAVE DONE things....this is the way from the city into the sea.

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  • Look at it from the beach

    Go out to the beach and look back to see the whole compound on the hill. I guess you'd get an even better view from the sea but I didn't (I was there only for an afternoon's trip).If you have more time you can spend some time on the beach swimming below the castle. Oh, by the way, this is the beach that El Cid (starred by Charlton Heston) died on...

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  • Excellent view of Peñiscola below

    From the castle you get stunning views of the town, its red roofs, boat harbour, and beaches as well as the remote surroundings of Peñiscola.When you're at the top deck hold on tight: you may get a vertigo!Oh, and it can be rather chilly and windy up there! My friend in the picture was convincing me that we should check out more castles in Poland....

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  • Monumental architecture

    I like visiting places that reveal their magnificence gradually. Peñiscola is a good example because you get to see more and more as you approach the castle entrance. This builds some sort of suspence and anticipation of even greater structures as you go up the hill... Fortified walls can be seen well below the castle! The grandeur of the...

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