One day in Peñíscola, Spain. What to see?

Peñíscola stole my heart in a blink of an eye. This little town, with about 8000 habitants, is located on the Costa del Azahar in the province of Castello. It has a typical Mediterranean vibe and without a doubt is one of the most beautiful, breathtaking towns in the whole of Spain. While visiting you can’t miss its old town where you’ll find typical white houses with blue ornaments, cobblestone streets, terraces, and of course the castle. 

In 2013, Peñíscola was named as one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. Read on and find out why. 

ONE DAY IN PEÑÍSCOLA, SPAIN. WHAT TO SEE?

Old town streets

Before you reach the castle you have no choice and have to stroll through the beautiful city streets. Snow-white houses, cobblestone streets, lots of flowers, and beautiful facades – it’s all there.

One day in Peñíscola – what to see?
Peñíscola white Streets
Peñíscola white Streets
One day in Peñíscola – what to see?
Peñíscola Streets
Peñíscola white Streets
Peñíscola Streets
Peñíscola Streets
Peñíscola white Streets
Peñíscola Streets Cat
House of Shells

Casa de las Conchas is one of the most popular symbols of the city – it’s a little, adorable house fully covered in shells. It was built in the 60s by a family that for years worked as tourist guides. They collected a large number of shells, which they used to cover the facade of their house. Beautiful, isn’t it?

Peñíscola Shell House
El Bufador

One of the most interesting places in Peñíscola. El Bufador is a natural tunnel formed by waves that connects the city with the sea. It’s a dramatic sight when the sea is rough and the waves are big – the water floods into the cavity before whooshing out with great noise and force.When I was there it was very calm, but just look at this video – that’s rough!

Peniscola El Bufador
This picture come from the valenciabonita.es website
Peniscola El Bufador
Peñíscola Castle

In other words: The Castle of Papa Luna. It’s a 14th century majestic castle which was built by the Knights Templar on the remains of an Arab fortress, later converted into a papal palace. It stands on an impressive rock that rises 64m above the sea. Once it was the home of Pope Benedict XIII (or rather antipope, known also as Papa Luna). 

Price: 

  • General entrance price: 5€
  • Reduced entrance price: 3.50€

To the walls of the castle, one of the most beautiful churches in the town is attached – Church of the Virgin Ermitana. It was built in 1717 and inside you can find the Virgin of Ermitana, the patron of the city.

Peñíscola Castle
One day in Peñíscola, Spain
Peñíscola Church Castle Plaza
Plaza Armas – square at the foot of the castle
Peñíscola Castle view from the South Beach
Walls and gates

In the 16th century, walls were built in the old city to protect it from attacks by land. Three entrance doors were created in the walls, still preserved until today: the Fosc Portal, the Portal of San Pedro and the Puerta de Santa María.

Peñíscola Portal of San Pedro
Portal of San Pedro
Gardens of the Peñíscola Castle

A small, beautiful garden right next to the castle. It offers stunning views over the coast.

Peñíscola Castle Garden
Peñíscola Beaches

Peñíscola is known for its beautiful beaches which offer nice views over the town. 

Peñíscola South Beach
Peñíscola South Beach
Peñíscola South Beach
Peñíscola South Beach
One day in Peñíscola, Spain. What to see?
Peñíscola North Beach
Peñíscola Lighthouse

Small lighthouse, about 11 meters high, dating from 1892. The lighthouse signal reaches 56 kilometres and helps local sailors navigate the rocky coast. You can climb up for a great view of the castle and the sea.

Peniscola Lighthouse
These two pictures come from the castellonvirtual.es website
Peniscola Lighthouse
Natural Park of Sierra de Irta

Park is located to the north of the Valencian Community, really close to Peñíscola. Sierra de Irta is one of the last remaining, still unspoiled mountainscapes on the Valencian coastline. On 16 July 2002 it was declared a Natural Park and Marine Reserve. Choose one of the hiking trails and immerse yourself in breathtaking nature. Serra de Irta also offers a rich historical heritage, there you can find for example Arab constructions like castles of Xivert and Polpis, and the watchtowers of Badum and Ebrí. Other important constructions are the hermitages of Sant Antoni and that of Santa Llúcia and Sant Benet. 

Natural Park of Sierra de Irta
These two pictures come from the www.alcossebre.org website
Natural Park of Sierra de Irta

HOW TO GET TO PEÑÍSCOLA?

Peñiscola is located about 50 minutes from Castellon and 90 minutes from Valencia. The easiest way is definitely to travel by car. Also, various companies offer trips from Valencia to Peñiscola. Another possibility is to take the train from Valencia, which will take you to the neighbouring town of Benicarló, and from that place you need to continue by bus or taxi.

We left our car in that parking, paid 3.5€ for 3 hours.

WHERE TO EAT IN PEÑÍSCOLA?

Here are some nice, high-rated restaurants in Peñiscola to choose from:

WHERE TO SLEEP IN PEÑÍSCOLA?

There are a wide range of various accommodations in Peñiscola. Here are some from booking.com: 

And here some nice places from airbnb: 

Now you know what are the best things to see in Peñiscola in just one day. I’m 100% that you’ll have an amazing time in this little, charming town. 🙂

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