Excellent example of mediaeval architecture
8km of coastline destroyed by modern blocks and hotels!
One of my favourite places.
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,...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Having been lured in by the large fountains, the big swimming pool, proximity to the beach and the...more
Great 4 stars hotel situated on the sea side front beach hotel. Good food, spa, and bedrooms. good...more
The Estrella del Mar is located in a prime location, right across the road from the beach, and with...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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.more
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.more
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...more
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.more
modern blocks and hotels lend a charm to the landscape,taking a great deal of the coastline!
no place at all for nature!
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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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...more
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...more
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....more
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...more