Peníscola / Peñíscola

Peníscola / Peñíscola

Peníscola / Peñíscola

Peníscola / Peñíscola

Peníscola / Peñíscola

Fortified from Roman times, Antipope Benedict XIII (the Papa Luna - Pedro de Luna), one of the most universally known figures in Hispanic history, moved to Peñíscola in 1411, making the ancient castle of the Knights Templar into a Papal palace and library. In Peñíscola, a stunning vantage point and a rich artistic heritage meet in a well-preserved old town in which the essence of the Mediterranean oozes out of each and every nook and cranny of its streets.

Economy


The most important economic activities are tourism, attracted by the beauty of the city and the cleanliness of its vast beaches, agriculture and fishing.

What to see


Castle and gardens - El Bufador - Sanctuary of the Mare de Déu de la Ermitana - Virgen del Socorro parish church - Gates and Towers - Walls - Museu de la Mar (Sea museum) - Fish marketplace.

Landscape


Peñíscola is surrounded by landscapes of indescribable beauty. It is flanked to the south by the Sierra de Irta mountain range (one of the areas of greatest ecological value in the whole of the Region of Valencia), to the east by the Mediterranean, where the Columbretes Islands Marine Reserve is situated and to the north by the Ebro Delta Natural Park. To the west, we find the interior part of the Maestrazgo region, an area with an abundance of natural and monumental landmarks.