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Peniscola, Costa del Azahar, Spain
Property and Tourist Information
Peniscola is situated at the northern end of the Costa del Azahar and Valencian community. It is characterized by its old town, perched high on a rocky outcrop almost entirely surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea. In fact Peniscola's oldest quarter is joined to the newer portions of the town only by a narrow strip, once swept with waves. In more recent times the town has become a popular tourist enclave, attracting visitors with its dramatic location, heritage, and many kilometres of pristine sandy beaches, as well as authentic shops, eateries, and accommodation options.
Peniscola has a special place in history. It was after all a stronghold for the Knights Templar, who built the still standing castle atop the remains of a Moorish fortification. It was also once the home of Pope Benedict XIII (or Pedro de Luna) the last Pope of Avignon and considered by many Roman Catholics to be an antipope. Such is the quality of Peniscola's heritage and aesthetic beauty that the 1960's film El Cid was shot here, with Peniscola playing the part of Valencia.
The population of Peniscola is relatively low at around 6,000 when comparing it with other towns along the coast. This number does swell considerably during the summer months, as the tourist trade takes root and many Spanish and international visitors pour in. In terms of urban expansion the vast majority stretches north of the old town and inland from the 5 Kms long north beach. Though the purchase of holiday homes is as popular in Peniscola as it is anywhere else the town council has so far proved to be more restrained than others in allowing areas to be urbanized.
Peniscola is also well known for its mild climate and enjoys sunshine for in excess of 300 days per year. The sun is at its hottest during the summer months, with temperatures rarely falling below 30°C (86°F). Winters are typically very mild with average highs hovering at around 17°C.
Peniscola Tourist Office
TEL +34 964 480208
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