Peniscola City in the Sea The town of Pe単iscola, in the north of the Valencian Community, lies in a privileged spot in the Spanish Mediterranean. The 79 km2 belonging to the municipality, 17 of which run alongside the coast, are divided equally between forest areas and warm Mediterranean croplands, including no shortage of orange, olive and almond trees.
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A Pontifical City
The Old Town, crowned by the former dwelling of Pope Benedict XIII, a fortified castle from the 14th century, stands on an imposing outcrop of rock that rises up 64 metres above the blue sea. It is joined to the mainland by a spit of sand that used to be swept away by the waves during storms, turning the city into an ephemeral island. THE CASTLE Recognised as a Historic-Artistic monument in 1931, the castle is located at the highest point of the rock, 64 metres above sea level, with a circumference of 230 metres. The Castle, built by the Knights of the Templar on the remains of an ancient Arab citadel, underwent minor alterations under the rule of Benedict XIII, being transformed into a papal palace. The walls are of hewn stone masonry, while all of the rooms feature barrel vaults which rise up from extremely simple imposts consisting of an ornamental cordon. The sobriety and solidity of the construction stand out throughout, both in the Templar rooms and in the strategic and intricate papal chambers.Despite the amendments made by Philip II to adapt the fortress for the use of artillery and the bombardments it underwent in various wars and sieges, the structure of the castle has not been substantially altered.
In addition to the castle, which is located on the highest part of the t贸mbolo (landform), you can admire the city's striking Old Town. Its walls were built over various different periods, forging a powerful image of impregnability. In contrast to the Old Town, a host of new streets and avenues can be found in the tourist area. In summer and autumn, warm waters are shared out between the vast beaches of fine sand north of the citadel and the beautiful coves flanked by steep cliffs to the south.
Winter in Peniscola Good weather and mild temperatures make this an ideal place to enjoy a wide array of activities and take advantage of the peace and quiet guaranteed by this great little town. Sports and Nature The Sierra Irta Natural Park is our best-kept treasure. An ideal place for hiking, mountain biking or swimming in any of its 15 coves or to just stroll along and enjoy the great outdoors. Full of cliffs, beaches and coves, the mountain range runs for 15 kilometres along the coast, coming together to form a spectacular coastal landscape. Cultural Tourism Get to know the history and heritage of one of the three pontifical cities in the world, alongside Rome and Avignon. Through our 5 Routes (link to the Routes page), you can find out more about the stories and secrets that made the city of PeĂąĂscola an important centre during the 14th and 15th centuries. You can also visit the Castle, the Bufador, the Maritime Museum and the House of Shells (Casa de las Conchas), among others. Gastronomy Winter is the best time to sample our traditional cuisine. But first, learn more about where our secret comes from: the sea. After lunch, head over to the port at 5 pm and watch the daily catch being unloaded. You can also duck in to any cafĂŠ or restaurant to try "Pope Luna's Tisane", the medieval infusion that helped Antipope Benedict XIII overcome an attempt to poison him in 1418.
Active Leisure THE SERRA D'IRTA NATURAL PARK The historical lack of significant human settlements and the gradual disappearance of the crop and livestock farming to which it played host for centuries facilitate the presence of natural and ecological values. Visitors can enjoy guided nature tours and learn all about the surrounding area. A coastal and rocky mountain range full of cliffs and coves, where Mediterranean vegetation and fauna flourish over more than 15 kilometres. Take advantage of the numerous hiking trails to discover this wonder, alongside its heritage buildings, such as Xivert Castle. The different routes can help you discover the charm of the nature of the Serra d 'Irta. Each route will take you through a different area of this natural park, introducing you to truly impressive places and buildings.
PENISCOLA MARSH The last reserve of Samaruc During your trip to the Marjal de Peñíscola (Peñíscola Marsh), we recommend you start at the most natural and unspoilt part of the wetlands and gradually make your way towards the areas that have been touched by man, keeping to the canals and following their course until you reach the mouth at L'Ullal de l'Estany. You will discover the source of its water, flora and fauna and learn more about agricultural architecture and how man has exploited the resources offered by the wetland to survive. Furthermore, the area is home to one of the last reserves of aquatic wildlife such as Samaruc (Valencia toothcarp) and Fartet (Spanish toothcarp), as well as many other species.
Obliged Visits MORELLA Morella opens its gates, towers which have seen history, which saw king Jaume I entering the town and starting the Reconquista. The castle, which tops an ocean of mountains, has been one of the most important fortresses of the Mediterranean Sea. The way of many civilizations, prehistoric, Iberians, Romans, Muslims, Christians ... has left its mark in this towering building inhabited without interruption since the III millennium before Christ. Each stone has stories and legends, friendships and fights, they have been the scenario of the battles of El Cid Campeador, the Succession War, and the main point of the Carlist Wars. These stones have witnessed the time of the Cathars and the Austria Kings. From the top you can fly the sky of Morella, mountains and the panoramic view of the houses of Morella which spread at the feet of the castle, like a carpet of red roofs.
LA VALL D’UIXÓ - CUEVAS DE SAN JOSÉ La Vall d'Uixó is situated in a valley that stretches out to the sea, 7 km away. This location enables you to enjoy a truly Mediterranean landscape, combining this proximity to the sea with the location in the foothills of the Sierra Espadán Natural Park. The lower part of the landscape is profoundly agricultural, with a green forest of orange plants carpeting the plain; the upper part consists of a mountainous landscape with an elevation of up to 700 m, dominated by pine forests, cork oaks and Maquis shrubland.a A navigable underground river: the Sant Josep Caves, are situated in the Sierra de Espadán Nature Reserve. They hold one of the few navigable underground rivers in Spain, which is 2,750 metres long, out of which 800 are suitable for tourist visits. It is a magnificent example of a hydrologically active cave, where remains of Palaeolithic sites and cave paintings have been found.
EBRE DELTA NATIONAL PARK The landscape in Terres de l'Ebre is a combination of sea, river and mountain areas. To really enjoy the panoramic views in these areas, you need to go to the highest points. The peaks at Els Ports and Caro mountains are exceptional viewpoints for the whole region. From here, it is possible to see the eastern slope of Els Ports massif, all of the Ebre valley, Pàndols, Cavalls and Cardó mountain ranges as well as the coast and the triangular shape of the delta plains. However, if you are looking for landscapes linked to the Ebre River, you should go to Pas de l’Ase viewpoint, near Garcia (Ribera d’Ebre), where the river flows through a ravine of vertical wall. Finally, there are innumerable viewpoints on the Ebre Delta where you can see scenic views of l’Encanyissada, la Tancada and la Bassa de les Olles lagoons. They are magnificent places to discover the richness of fauna and flora, whilst at the same time enjoy a truly peaceful landscape.