Essentials to See in Peñíscola

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Essentials to See in Peñíscola

These Essentials to See in Peñíscola are crucial if you’re looking for things to do in Peñiscola.

We bring you all the plans you must do and everything you must see in this charming Mediterranean town. This guide will help you plan your vacation.

Peñíscola, located on the northern coast of the province of Castellón, stands out as one of the most beautiful towns in Spain. Its main attraction is its spectacular Templar castle that rises above the Mediterranean Sea. With golden sandy beaches and cobbled streets, Peñíscola offers a charming atmosphere that attracts visitors from all over. Its rich medieval history is combined with delicious cuisine based on rice, seafood, and fresh fish, making it a must-visit destination for history lovers, culture enthusiasts, and foodies alike.

1. PEÑÍSCOLA CASTLE

Exploring Papa Luna Castle is a must-do experience when visiting this city.

Built by the Templars in the 13th century and later refurbished as a papal residence, this iconic castle has been the setting for famous movies and series, such as “El Cid” and “Game of Thrones”. As you wander through its interior, you can admire its ancient rooms, the courtyard, the Gothic hall, and the church, all while enjoying breathtaking views of the old town, the beaches, and the Mediterranean Sea.

This castle is part of the National Heritage Network and is part of the Templar Territory of the province of Castellón.

It is worth noting that it is not only a historic site to visit; various activities are also held here depending on the season, such as cultural events, theatrical performances, or art exhibitions

Peñíscola Castle – Gran Hotel Peñíscola

2. CASTLE GARDENS

The Gardens of the Artillery Park are located at the foot of Peñíscola Castle.

These gardens were previously known as the Artillery Park, where artillery pieces were located to defend Papa Luna Castle from attacks by Berber pirates and other enemy forces. Today, these gardens are a peaceful oasis with several viewpoints offering stunning views.

This park has been featured in the Spanish series “El Chiringuito de Pepe”, and access costs €5, which also includes access to the castle.

The Gardens of the Artillery Park – Gran Hotel Peñíscola

3. SHELL HOUSE

The Shell House is one of the most Instagrammable places in Peñíscola, a key spot for taking photos.

It is an emblematic building located in the old town of Peñíscola, distinguished by its facade decorated with embedded seashells, hence its name.

It is a popular tourist attraction in Peñíscola due to its peculiar architecture and central location in the old town.

The Shell House – Gran Hotel Peñíscola

4. PEÑÍSCOLA LIGHTHOUSE

Peñíscola Lighthouse, also known as Our Lady of Ermitana Lighthouse, is an emblematic structure towering above the city of Peñíscola.

It was built in the 19th century on the remains of an ancient castle that had been destroyed during the War of the Spanish Succession in the 18th century. Its design was the work of Rita Lorite and is one of the only 2 lighthouses in Spain designed by a woman.

It is a popular spot for visitors who want to enjoy the views and capture spectacular photographs of the Spanish coast.

Peñíscola Lighthouse – Gran Hotel Peñíscola

5. EL BUFADOR

The Bufador of Peñíscola is a natural geological formation; this natural phenomenon produces a spectacle, especially during days of rough seas or storms when water is forced through the bufador with great force, creating a jet of water that can reach significant heights. The resulting sound is similar to a snort, hence its name.

El Bufador is one of the most visited natural attractions in Peñíscola.

El Bufador – Gran Hotel Peñíscola

6. SANT PERE GATE

The Sant Pere Gate dates back to the 14th century and is one of the few remnants of the ancient walls that surrounded Peñíscola. It is well-preserved and is a prominent example of medieval military architecture.

This gate was one of the main entrances to the walled city and played a crucial role in its defense. It features a robust structure, with a semicircular arch and defensive elements such as battlements and a watchtower.

The Sant Pere Gate – Gran Hotel Peñíscola

7. THE PAPA LUNA STATUE

The Papa Luna Statue in Peñíscola is an impressive work of art that pays homage to the controversial Pope Benedict XIII, also known as Pope Luna. The statue is located in Plaza Santa María, near Peñíscola Castle, and depicts the pope seated on his throne, gazing out towards the Mediterranean Sea.

This statue is 2 meters tall and weighs 700 kilograms.

The Papa Luna Statue – Gran Hotel Peñíscola

8. CHURCH OF VIRGIN OF ERMITANA

The Church of Our Lady Virgin of Ermitana is an architectural treasure towering majestically in the heart of the old town of Peñíscola. Built on the site of an ancient mosque during the 14th century, this church is a notable example of Valencian Gothic architecture. Its facade is imposing, and its interior houses valuable works of sacred art, including a Baroque altarpiece and an image of the Virgin of Ermitana, the city’s patron saint. The church is a pilgrimage site and a cultural landmark, one of the essential religious buildings to see in Peñíscola.

The Church of Our Lady Virgin of Ermitana – Gran Hotel Peñíscola

9. PORTAL FOSC

The Portal Fosc of Peñíscola is one of the historical gems still preserved in the old town of the city. This portal, whose name translates as “Dark Portal,” is a fortified entrance that was part of the ancient medieval walls of Peñíscola.

The portal offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy stunning views of the old town of the city and its surroundings. It is a perfect place to explore and immerse yourself in the medieval charm of Peñíscola.

The Portal Fosc – Gran Hotel Peñíscola

10. LA FLECA

The Tío Quico Oven, an old oven popularly called “LA FLECA,” is a historic site that has been cataloged as a Local Relevance Asset within the General Inventory of Valencian Cultural Heritage. It is estimated that this oven dates back to the early 19th century, specifically to the year 1809.

It is located next to the Town Hall and the parish church, in one of the most beautiful places in the Old Town.

La Fleca – Gran Hotel Peñíscola

11. MAGIC MUSEUM BY JUNKE

You can’t miss the incredible facade of the Magic Museum by Junke; in this museum located in the old town of Peñíscola, you can enjoy incredible magic shows as well as visit its museum.

Its impressive facade dedicated to watches will leave you amazed.

Magic Museum by Junke – Gran Hotel Peñíscola

Essentials to See in Peñíscola – Routes

1. ROUTE – PEÑÍSCOLA IN CINEMA

Several movies and series of interest have been filmed in Peñíscola. In this link, you can find a route through the different locations where these series and movies have been shot.

Access the Peñíscola in Cinema Route

2. ROUTE – HISTORICAL-ARTISTIC

In this link, you will find two routes through the Old Town, with its points of interest and the essentials to see in Peñíscola.

There are two routes; the Pirate Route and the Adventure Route.

 Access the Historical-Artistic Route

Stay at Gran Hotel Peñíscola

To enjoy all the Essentials to See in Peñíscola, stay at Gran Hotel Peñíscola and don’t miss anything on your vacation.

Book your vacation in Peñíscola now! We guarantee the best price.

Make your reservation through the website www.granhotelpeniscola.com

If you prefer, you can call the Reservations Department at 964 46 90 06 to make the reservation or resolve any queries.

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