WHAT TO SEE & VISIT IN PEÑÍSCOLA
Peñíscola is one of the most charming towns in Spain, as the most prestigious travel and tourism websites continue to affirm year after year. One of its greatest attractions is its old quarter, with its narrow streets and white houses, where the impressive Papa Luna Castle stands. As well as all its cultural treasures, in Peñíscola you can enjoy the natural beauty of the Sierra de Irta and activities for the whole family.
Places of interest
- Nature – Sierra de Irta
A 15 km-long Natural Park with impressive cliffs and coves, where you can explore the numerous routes to be followed on foot or by bicycle. We have selected the most interesting ones in the section “Sports and Activities”.
- Old Quarter of Peñíscola
This is an unmissable visit if you find yourself in the town. In the section “Old Quarter of Peñíscola” we show you the most comprehensive route to follow for a 2 hour tour so that you do not miss a thing.
- City Tour Train
If you wish to visit the town without walking too much, get on board the City Tour train. This way you can see all of Peñíscola from the comfort of a train.
- Pleasure-Boat Rides
Leaving from the Port of Peñíscola, enjoy boat rides around Peñíscola Bay.
In summer, there is an extended programme with crossings to the Natural Park of the Islas Columbretes and excursions around the bay to Benicarló and Vinaroz, with sangria and snacks served to passengers.
- Vall d’Uixó
In this town in the Castellón province you can visit the longest navigable underground river in Europe. The cavity where the river flows is 2,750 m long, of which around 800 m can be visited. Most of the visit is undertaken by boat, except for a short stretch of around 250 m that is covered on foot.
During the tour you can admire underground passages and other karstic shapes that have been sculpted into the rock over the last 1,000 years.
The visit usually lasts 40 minutes and the average temperature inside is around 20 ºC.
This is a famous medieval town that is magnificently preserved and surrounded by a wall of almost 1.5 km in length. It is strikingly located at the top of a mountain, and is crowned by an impressive castle that is at an altitude of over 1000 m above sea level.
Morella will enchant you with its narrow streets and medieval architecture, including the Gothic Basilica Santa María La Mayor from the 13th and 14th centuries, which includes a Baroque high altar and the choir stall, which is the only circular one in Spain.
Morella was declared a Historic/Artistic site in 1963.
Just 150 km from Peñíscola is Valencia, a cosmopolitan city where its historical centre converges in perfect harmony with the cutting edge architecture of the City of Arts and Sciences.
Valencia is known for its cultural activity, Las Fallas, its delicious cuisine and its beaches.
In this Mediterranean city you cannot miss a walk through its historical centre, visiting the Serrano Towers, the Basilica de los Desamparados, the Cathedral, the Central Market and La Lonja silk exchange building.
Other places of interest are:
This is the largest aquarium in Europe and features a magnificent representation of the world’s main marine ecosystems. During your visit you can discover over 45,000 examples of 500 different species, which include: dolphins, beluga whales, walruses, sea lions, seals, penguins, turtles, sharks, skates, sawfish, jellyfish, starfish, sea urchins and crustaceans of all kinds.
- City of the Arts and Sciences
This is a scientific educational complex located in Valencia. Composed of the Hemisfèric (an IMAX cinema with digital projections), the Umbracle (a landscaped viewpoint and car park), the Prince Felipe Museum of Science (an innovative centre featuring interactive science activities), and the Queen Sofía Palace of the Arts (devoted to opera concerts).
This is an innovative zoo without visual barriers, based on the concept of zoo immersion. Discover the natural habitat of each of the species from the African Savannah, the Island of Madagascar and equatorial Africa.
It is located on the old riverbed of the River Turia.
- Delta de L’Ebre
Located at the estuary of the River Ebro, in the province of Tarragona, this is the second largest natural park in Spain and one of the largest wet areas in Mediterranean Europe. One of the activities you can enjoy is a pleasure-boat ride around the estuary of the delta where is flows into the sea. You can also visit rice fields and a large lagoon.
- Parrot Garden
Would you like to have direct contact with over 50 different species of parrots in a subtropical garden? Would you like to see a kangaroo in the flesh? Then this garden is for you! And if you would also like to visit a butterfly garden, then this is your chance. You also have the Hotel Servigroup Papa Luna nearby, which is located between the towns of Peñíscola and Benicarló.
- Sant Mateu, Tirig and Traiguera
Visit these 3 towns in the Maestrazgo district to discover Spain’s historic and artistic heritage. Including the Arciprestal Church, the Bell Tower of Sant Mateu and the Verge Font de la Salut Royal Sanctuary complex.
- Port Aventura
If you like extreme emotions and want to have a really fun day out, you must not miss this theme park. It is divided into six different themed areas and includes attractions that will take your breath away.
Located in the province of Tarragona, around 120 km from Peñíscola.
The closest aquatic park to Peñíscola, just 45 minutes by car. It features a great variety of attractions, including the “Toboggan Kamikaze”, the highest water slide in Europe with a drop of 30 m.