The city of Peñíscola, to the north of the Valencia Region, is situated in a privileged spot on the Spanish Mediterranean. Its rich variety of natural resources and benign climate encouraged human settlements going back to the mists of time. Over the course of History, it has played its part in major events, such the Papal Schism, when it was the residence of Benedict XIII, Pope Luna. The medieval walls were reinforced in the reign of Felipe II and are a fine example of Renaissance military architecture. The old town, located on a Rock surrounded by sea and flanked by excellent beaches, forms a labyrinth of steep, narrow streets squeezed between the walls and the Templar castle at the top, an unforgettable sight for the visitor. Peñíscola becomes a lively tourist destination in summer and reverts to a more tranquil seaside town during the rest of the year.
The Mediterranean Sea permeates all corners of Peñíscola, leading to its description as “a boat stranded at sea…” and influencing its culture as an active fishing port, and home to some excellent cuisine in which rice dishes, fish and seafood are the undisputed protagonists. Peñíscola has also served as the starting point for trips around the historic Maestrazgo region, a land of contrasts between the interior and the coast, between modernity and traditional rural life. The rugged mountains, villages and location suspended in time, and above all its people, will leave the visitor with a store of sensations that will surely inspire a desire to return.