Peniscola is located in the province of Castello on the Costa del Azahar (Orange Blossom Coast) along the eastern mediterranean coast of Spain. The Costa del Azhar is just to the north of the Costa Blanca.
Often referred to as ‘The Gibraltar of Valencia’, Peniscola is a fortified seaport built on a rocky headland which reaches a height of about 220ft. The town itself is built around a medieval castle which was the location for the film El Cid, starring the late great Charlton Heston.
The ‘old town’ of Peniscola is surrounded by a huge defensive wall with two gateways, the San Pedro Gate and the Fosch Gate. Entry to the old town is by these gateways only. Once in the town you will marvel at the old white-washed houses which line the maze of tiny winding roads.
The modern part of Peniscola is a very popular holiday destination with lots of good hotels, fine beaches, the warm mediterranean sea, a marina and plenty of restaurants and bars.
The main beach here is to the north and is around 3 miles long and about a quarter of a mile wide and has sandy and rocky areas.
There are small beaches (coves) to the south which are popular spots with divers and snorkellers.
Peniscola has a good all year round climate with lots of sunshine and very little rain. The summers here are very long and hot while the winters are extremely mild.
Spending family holidays in Peniscola means that you get ‘the old’ mixed in with ‘the new’ and there is something to keep everyone happy.
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