Peniscola is a coastal town in eastern Spain, about 1.5 hours from Valencia and 2.5 hours to Barcelona. It is a seaside town with a castle where some of the film “El Cid” & “Game of Throne” was filmed. We are on our way to Barcelona so make a brief stop in Peniscola.
Peniscola is famous for its medieval walled town sitting high on a rocky isthmus. You will experience cobble street wind past museums, restaurants, and whitewashed houses and not forgetting the iconic Mediterranean beaches and old town.
At the highest point is the Peniscola Castle (refer to the feature picture) also one of the highlights, it looks stunning especially at night when the lit up, more like a fairytales town castle. During the day, you are still able to see it from the beachside.
Some historical background of the Peniscola Castle, it was built by the Knights Templar who planned to develop centered on Peniscola. Then, the castle was lived in by Pope Benedict XIII (Papa Luna) for 6 years when he was deposed from the papacy.
I was here in the winter so not many tourists but during summer, Peniscola is a popular destination as it has a superb position surrounded by sea. Spaniards love the beach and the Mediterranean sea plus the view here are simply breathtaking.
Highly recommend having your lunch in Peniscola as this place offer so many restaurants and bar.
The walk on the cobblestone with winding street can be interesting, passing by white-washed houses and up to the Castle.
Merca China – Chinese shop found here in Peniscola.
Sit between Valencia and Barcelona, Peniscola makes a good stop to chill especially in summer. The Mediterranean sea and stunning view of the white-washed houses are simply breathtaking. After all, this is the top getaway for Spaniard in summer.