OLD TOWN OF PEÑÍSCOLA 

Peniscola old town is protected by an impressive medieval wall, with access through the Sant Pere gate, the ancient entrance to the walled city.

It is a place to walk quietly through the beautiful narrow cobbled streets to discover its hidden corners, enjoying the small craft, fashion, and nostalgia shops and its bars and restaurants with terraces where you can take a quick break to cool off or to enjoy the delicious gastronomy of the place.

Within the old town of Peñíscola you will find many important monuments and emblematic buildings such as the Church of Santa María, the Virgin of the Chapel Hermitage and the Portal Fosc or other important points such as El Bufador and the Artillery Park.

One of the first stops we should make during the ascent to the castle is El Bufador, a large crevice or crack that runs through the inside of the rock and flows into the centre of the city. On stormy days you can see and hear the great roar caused by the waves crashing against this cavity.

Next to El Bufador there is a sun terrace with bean bags on the floor where you sit down and drink something while enjoying the spectacle. But if we don’t want to sit down, we can see the Bufador from above from the cobblestone street that leads up to the castle, where it perhaps looks even more impressive.

Right opposite is one of the wall bastions that we can climb to enjoy breathtaking views of the wall and the sea.

A little way ahead we find the beautiful Sea Museum, a tribute to the seafaring tradition where through its collection of photos, prints, drawings and audiovisual media the cultural heritage of the place is preserved.
It is found in the Prince’s Stronghold, an ancient fortification where you can still see artillery guns on the fortifications.

Continuing the tour we reach the Casa de las Conchas, which is a real dream: a house straight out of a fairy tale, completely covered in sea shells. We will also enjoy the Artillery Park, located next to the fort, which was the ancient munitions area of the city and is currently a botanical park. Entrance to the castle also includes the park, which can be done on a different day if you don’t have time to do it all at once.