Apart from the normal pleasures of the Mediterranean; the beach, the sun and excellent temperatures which have converted Peñíscola into one of the most sort after summer destinations of the Valencian Community, this locality in the Province of Castellón also has a magnificent Historical Quarter.
It is located on a rocky peninsula and its oldest parts are situated within the limits of its ancient walls constructed in 1576 under the orders of Felipe II.
At its highest point, at 64 metres above sea level, there is situated the unmistakable Papa Luna Castle, in a Romanesque style, it was constructed by the Order of The Templars between 1294-1307 and it received its name in reference to Benedicto XIII of Avignon, one of the most controversial religious figures at the end of the 14th and beginning of the 15th century.
If its rich patrimony and its wide beaches weren’t enough to attract tourists, the Natural Park of Sierra de Irta, a rocky mountainous landscape beside the sea which has numerous cliffs, beach coves and marine reefs, is only 14 kilometres away.
In the month of June, ‘Peñíscula Cuidad Papa’ is celebrated during which the arrival of Benedicto XIII, the Papa Luna, is commemorated in the City in the Sea. During the months of July and August the Festival of Classic Castillo Theatre of Peñíscola is celebrated. In August the International Festival of Old and Baroque Music is celebrated and in September, The Season of Classical Music Concerts is celebrated in the Salón Gótico of the Castle and The Auditorium and Palace of Congresses of the city.
To end the year you can enjoy the Medieval Market within the walled Historic Quarter and near the Christmas period a live nativity scene is represented in the gardens of the castle.
Since 2003 and during the whole month of July an important International Jazz Festival is celebrated featuring some of the most prominent figures in the world of jazz.
Peníscola is a great destination to visit whatever the time year.
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