Peniscola, also known as the City in the Sea, is a stunning area of Spain located in the Costa del Azahar, just along the coast from Valencia. It is a fortified seaport with an intriguing history. The city walls and traditional-looking white houses are visible from the beach below and it is a destination that should not be missed off your holiday itinerary.
This unique city is built on a rocky headland and is joined to the mainland by a tiny strip of land. Stretching the length of the tiny island, is Castillo Templario Ponteficio, with its towering walls placed precariously around the rocky ground. The main castle temple balances on the top of the rocky terrain at the end of the peninsular.
The Peniscola Castle was constructed by the Knight Templar but much of its early history remains unknown until a brief description of the castle was made by James I of Aragon back in the 13th century. More recently, this castle was featured in the movie ‘El Cid’ in the 1960s which has boosted the popularity of this grand castle region.
Make sure to visit La Casa del Ayer museum to uncover the history surrounding the Peniscola Castle and learn about the inhabitants that lived in the area in the late 19th century.
Its impressive stature and mystical origins make La Casa del Ayer the perfect addition to any holiday. Appreciate the grand scale of the city from the sandy beach or venture beyond the walls to see this stunning city in all its glory. There’s something for everyone in Peniscola.