Located in Spain’s Castellón province along Spain’s Orange Blossom Coast, Peñíscola is known for its imposing Templar castle, seven kilometres of sandy beaches and top-notch seafood.
Perched high on a rock, Peñíscola’s 14th-century castle is undeniably the city’s standout attraction. Built on Arab foundations by the Knights Templar, it was once the residence of Pope Benedict XIII who fled from Avignon to Peñíscola in 1411. Explore the castle to uncover more of its mysteries and savour the sea view from the highest point. Head to the Museum of the Sea to take a deep dive into the fishing town’s maritime heritage. You’ll find many relics relating to the sea, such as diving suits and anchors, as well as a small aquarium featuring native species.
Peñíscola’s main beach of Playa Norte is a five-kilometre stretch of golden sand, ideal for swimming while taking in superb views of the nearby castle. If you’re into water sports, Playa Sur has opportunities for windsurfing, sailing and more. It’s also worth exploring the natural coves of the Serra d'Irta National Park, which can often provide a less-crowded alternative to the more popular beaches.
Venture into Peñíscola’s Old Town to admire its medieval walls and impressive religious buildings such as the chapel of the Mare de Déu d'Ermitana or the Parròquia Santa Maria. You can enjoy first-rate seafood in local restaurants, with many dishes combining shellfish, rice and other homegrown Mediterranean products.