Apartments in Peñiscola: Historic accommodations
Peñiscola is a municipality in the province of Valencia, in the lower Ebro, known as the Azahar Coast whose origin dates back to 1707. One of the wonders of this region is its warm climate all year round. The city is located on a rocky peninsula that runs into the sea, connected to land by a sandy stretch. The historic center and Castle of Pope Luna can be found at the top of the rock, built by the Templar Knights in 1307, which stylistically corresponds to the late Romantic period and in whose narrow streets you can still find craft markets that trade handicrafts and antiques. The Walls that Felipe II commissioned Giovanni Battista Antonelli to build during the sixteenth century are another attraction for those who love history. The Natural Park of Sierra de Irta is ideal for hikers; you can explore its 15 coves and look out at the Mediterranean sea from its cliffs. The port, under the castle and next to one of the beach areas, turns into an attraction in the evening with the arrival of fresh products collected from the sea You can find all of this here as well as horse drawn carriages and a little train. A tradition is for travellers to drink “Pope Luna’s tisane”, a medieval drink that saved Pope Luna from being poisoned in 1418 and is served at any café or restaurant. Dare yourself to relive history, to taste the cuisine, to see the beaches and scenery. Don’t forget to rent one of our Peñiscola apartments, you’ll find yourself exactly where you want to be.
Accommodation in Peñiscola
There are various options for Peñiscola accommodation, including hotels, residences, hostels and B&Bs. Only-apartments stands out for having the most diversified and least expensive accommodations on the market. We have well equipped studios, apartments in the best locations and nicely furnished flats for a short stay along the Mediterranean.
Places to go in Peñiscola
- A trip to the Castle of Pope Luna is a must-see for learning about the history, the main entrance is known as Portal Fosc, the door of San Pere and the door of Santa María, where the Santa Ana Hermitage is found. You can see the bay from the Artillery Park, which today is a botanical park. Finally, you can walk the narrow cobbled streets of Peñiscola and truly feel the weight of its past.
- The best reserve of fauna and flora found in the Mediterranean region is located at the natural park of Sierra de Irta. You can go hiking or practice sports. Visit the Torre de la Badum, the San Antonio Hermitage or the Mas del Senyor.
- El Bufador is a geological formation found in the historic center of Peñiscola at the mouth of a natural tunnel that leads to the sea, a roaring sound can be heard when the tide comes in. Listening and feeling the Bufador when the tide comes in is truly a unique experience.
- The Marsh of Peñiscola is one of the last wetlands in the Mediterranean. Its marshy landscape is protected as a haven of Samaruc and Fartet and is home to an abundance of migratory birds. It’s one of the most ideal places for bird watching.
- The Basseta Beach is rocky with lots of surrounding vegetation, from here you can see the silhouette of the Castle of Pope Luna. You can find parking and it’s ideal for cycling, practicing water sports or going for a stroll on a sunny day.
- The Pebret Beach is located in an urban setting of Peñiscola. It’s small and has white, fine sands with a calm sea. In the surrounding areas you can find cafes, restaurants and various leisure activities.
- Benicarlo is famous for the artichoke party, for its characteristic landscape full of irrigated orchards and its “Benicarlanda” cuisine, based on rice, goat, rabbit and all kinds of seafood.
- The historic center of Peñiscola is a labyrinth of cobbled, narrow, twisting streets, inviting visitors to stroll calmly while contemplating the white houses with flowered balconies. It was chosen by Hollywood as a location for filming scenes of the film El Cid, with Charlton Heston and Sofia Loren. After going for a walk and perhaps buying an artisanal handicraft product, you can wander over to the meson street and enjoy a fish “suquet” or a garlic and pepper monkfish with a local glass of wine.
- Morella, located 1,000 meters above sea level and 60 kilometers from Peñiscola, is a well-preserved medieval town with an imposing castle and great walls surrounding it. You can walk along the narrow streets, go hiking, try the local cuisine or visit the Gothic Basilica of Nuestra Señora la Mayor.
- Rent a car and go to Benassal, a small city that has an urban center comprised of well-preserved tiny streets and lots of good restaurants. Its main attraction is the hot spring d’En Segueres, which for its high mineral content and healing properties has been declared a site for public use.
- Vinarós is located 28 minutes from Peñiscola, a small port with golden sandy beaches and blue sea, cafes, hotels and restaurants. It has 4 beaches. The Vinarós Beach, very close to the city center, is the most famous for its sand and services while the Forti Beach is located in the historic center. Nearby there are shops and plenty of nightlife. You can go diving in the surrounding coves and also go fishing.
- Don’t miss a trip to Delta del Ebro, located only 50 kilometers away from Peñiscola. Great scenery, villages, kilometers of deserted beaches and beach bars that look onto the most beautiful natural environment in all of Spain. A great panaroma to watch if you’re staying at one of our apartments in Peñiscola.
How to get to Peñiscola
The closest airport to Peñiscola is Castellón – Costa Azahar, 87 kilometers and 01:12 hours away from the city center. You should make the reservation for the bus the same time as the flight, the transfer costs only €13. There are also taxi lines, transfers or, if you prefer to have more freedom getting around, you could rent a car.
You can also fly to Valencia, it’s a little farther away but there’s more frequent transportation than in Castellón.